Pirelli and FGSport: contract renewed to supply tyres for the SBK

Pirelli is confirmed as the exclusive supplier of tyres for the Superbike world championships for the three year period 2010-2012. This is following the auction held by FG Sport, the company that organises the Championship, which concluded yesterday with the contract being awarded to the Italian manufacturer. Pirelli was previously awarded the deal in 2003 for the supply up to 2009 (with a subsequent renewal in 2005). During the course of a season, the Milan manufacturer develops around 40 models purely for the Championships. For each round Pirelli provides 8 trucks, around 6500 tyres produced on an industrial scale in order to provide the required quantities and maximise uniformity. The reason for being awarded the supply contract has been Pirelli's dedicated commitment in the last three years to relaunching the Championship, working alongside the organisers, teams and riders. "For us - affirms Guglielmo Fiocchi, Director of the motorcycle division of Pirelli tyres - SBK represents a laboratory for developing and testing the specifications of the Diablo family of tyres before they are put on the market. The championship offers the best testing ground in the world and if our products are okay for these riders we are sure that they'll be fine for regular consumers. The key to our success is in the continual alignment that Pirelli has developed between the sport sector and the market, creating competition tyres for consumers and vice versa under what has become our strapline: We sell what we race with, will race with what we sell".