Pirelli at the Barcelona exam and the new front SC1 plays the role of the SCQ
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which hosts the eighth round of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship, is one of the most demanding tracks on the calendar for tyres
TYRE OPTIONS FOR THIS CIRCUIT
- Next weekend the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host the eighth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship. This is a historically demanding circuit for tyres and for Pirelli this round will be an excellent opportunity to further test the development solutions introduced in recent events.
- There are four solutions for the front, in fact the standard SC1 is joined by 3 development solutions: the development SC1 A0674 (SC1A) and the development SC1 A0843 (SC1B) are both well known to the riders while the SC1 in B0570 specification it is more recent. The latter was in fact tested for the first time by the riders of the official teams right here in Barcelona in August and then debuted in the race at Magny-Cours. Being a particularly soft compound, Pirelli has decided that for the Barcelona round it can only be used for qualifying and Superpole Race, effectively assigning it the role of an SCQ but for the front. For the rear, the standard SC0 and SCX are flanked by the development SCX B0800 which in its debut in the Magny-Cours round met with considerable success.
- WorldSSP riders will be able to choose between standard SC1 or SC2 at the front, and between SCX or SC0 at the rear.
- Inaugareted in 1992, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is 4,627 kilometres long and has 14 corners, eight right and six left. It is a very technical track with wide and fast curves, straights and several ups and downs. A track that puts the rider, motorbike and tyres to the test because it is characterized by very sharp braking, in particular on the occasion of the first braking after the finish line which follows a very long and very fast straight where considerable top speeds are reached.
For more details on tyre allocation for the WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes, please refer to the technical data sheets attached to this press release.
GIORGIO BARBIER, MOTORCYCLE RACING DIRECTOR
“The Barcelona circuit is quite demanding for tyres, we noticed that also in the private tests carried out in August. Its layout makes it a perfect proving ground because it offers a bit of everything, especially in the final sector which is very technical and where it is important to better manage the tyres. It is therefore the right location to check the latest development solutions that we have brought to the previous rounds in order to test their strengths and limits. We already know, having tested it in August, that the new B0570 front solution is too soft to be used in long races on this track, nevertheless we have decided to make it available to the riders for qualifying and possibly also for the Superpole Race by assigning it, on this occasion, a role as a front SCQ. At the end of the round we will certainly have collected useful data on the behavior of our tyres in challenging conditions such as those presented by this track”.