Kyalami – Round 6 – SBK Race report
The Pirelli team worked all weekend with SBK teams and their suspension engineers to find bike setups to handle the very rough racing surface of Kyalami. Some teams utilized quite extreme suspension setups, causing the tyres to lose contact with the asphalt in certain sections. Riders demonstrating a consistent pace throughout practice sessions and qualifying led the two very exciting races with competition from every angle. Ducati riders Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) and Checa (Althea Racing) brought strong performances in Race 1, mounting the mid-soft (B) compound on front and rear for a 1-2 finish, and Fabrizio even thook home a Pirelli Best Lap and Kyalami lap record. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) was the only rider who chose the newest soft compound (A) solution for the rear, finding a podium in Race 2. Five different manufacturers in a row for the final SBK race of the weekend is an ideal result for a tyre supplier, and left nearly everyone in the crowd and the paddock something to celebrate.