Pirelli closes 2009 World Superbike Season reducing Average Race Time by 20 Seconds and Delivering New Product To Market

Pirelli Tyre’s sixth year as official tyre supplier sees satisfaction from teams, stability of performances, and increased adaptability among various racetracks and temperatures


Milan (Italy), 10th November 2009 – As the 2009 Superbike Championship has season has concluded with a newly crowned champion, American Ben Spies, Pirelli congratulates the first victory for Yamaha in WSBK (after that of Suzuki in 2006), which adds to the victories of Honda and Ducati from the start the experience as unique supplier. For Pirelli it also meant additional data from two new entrants, Aprilia Racing and BMW Motorrad. With eight manufacturers and over 120 world-class riders competing in the four classes of the championship, Pirelli’s sixth year as single tyre supplier continues add value to the absolute performance of the Diablo family of products and injects technology directly into new tyres like the Diablo Rosso Corsa for passionate road and track riding.

The first two year period of Pirelli’s relationship was dedicated to refining the service element to guarantee adequate support for all riders in the Superbike paddock. The next step then began a true search for performance, improving lap times and cornerspeed for an elevated excitement and the shattering of circuit records. During the last two years, Pirelli has continued to deliver a higher level of performance, but more noteworthy is the stabilization of performance, meaning reduced lap times all the way to the checkered flag.

Relative to this stabilized performance, the measured race time for 2009 decreased an average of 20 seconds over last year, signifying truly faster racing and a consistent competition level. From the 48 dry solutions available to riders this season between the World Superbike and Supersport grids, one front and three rear tyres will enter the 2010 Pirelli Racing product range and be available to all authorized customers on the market.

With as many as 6,000 tyres delivered each weekend on the WSBK calendar, the cutting-edge technologies bred within this environment can be quickly transferred into street product through Pirelli’s application of perfected carcass constructions concepts. For example, the new Diablo Rosso Corsa adopts a carcass from the Superbike class and shoulders of its III zones compound rear tyre being an offspring to those used in the Superstock class.

In addition to the Superbike World Championship, Pirelli is also represented as the single tyre supplier in four national championships: British Superbike, Canadian Superbike, Brazilian Superbike and the newly formed Pirelli Superstock Series in Spain. Pirelli’s strong always competitive appetite is fed also by participation in nearly 85 different classes of 32 open national racing championships around the world.