Misano – Round 8 – SBK Race report
Pirelli’s weekend at Misano opened with success starting from Corser’s pole position of 1’35.001 on his BMW, their first in WSBK, on Superpole tyres whose personalized labels feature the flag of San Marino as a celebration of the host of this round. Pirelli offered 1 brand new ‘A’ rear and 2 front (‘A’ and ‘C’) tyre solutions for Superbike, as well as 1 front and 1 rear performance option for Supersport, along with reference tyres for both classes. Fantastic performances from the Diablo Superbike and Diablo Supercorsa tyres were absolute, having seen 12 different riders set fast times in R1 and R2 below last years lap record of Noriyuki Haga (Ducati); the final time and Pirelli BEST LAP of1’36.546 was recorded by Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) on the new ‘A’ rear tyre solution. The two SBK races saw a 12 and 13 second overall race time improvement over last year’s dry Race 2, respectfully, and nearly a 5 second improvement in SSP. With these new solutions at hand, an incredible podium diversity saw 4 manufactures and 5 different riders on the podium, confirming the new solutions which have been developed for Misano. After next week’s testing at Imola, we are confident to continue deliver tyre grip and stability to teams and riders for faster and more exciting racing.