Pirelli presents the Angel ST, a New Motorcycle Tire With the Face of an Angel and the Heart of a Demon

Pirelli invents the first tyre with a double soul, with a changing tread design and footprint on the ground

Available on the market by spring, it will be devoted to motorcyclists who like to travel in safety and comfort without sacrificing the thrill of the curve

World premiere at the circuit in the Algarve (of Portugal) at the press conference presenting the 2009 World Superbike, for which Pirelli is the exclusive tire supplier until 2012.

Portimão (Portugal) 23 January 2009 - Pirelli presents a world preview at the circuit in the Algarve in Portugal the Angel ST, the motorcycle tyre with a changing tread pattern and footprint design on the ground: first the appearance of an Angel, then the silhouette of a Demon, representing at the same time the double soul of the product - reliable and sporty. Angel ST is dedicated to riders who love to travel by motorcycle and thus favor reliability, safety and durability. This double soul matches the alternate desires of the Sport Tourer, who at the right times, does not want to sacrifice the thrills of the curve and the emotion of acceleration.

Angel ST, which will be launched to the market by spring, is the result of innovative technology solutions, compiled by Pirelli's research and development centers. The goal is to meet motorcyclists' demands with a product which merges the traditional sporty characteristics of Pirelli with the demands of security and reliability, as well as value for the money. The decision to adopt the tread to contain the icon of an angel, intended after 1,000 km of use to transform itself gradually into demon, stems from the desire to pay homage to the movie Angels & Demons (w/ Tom Hanks, out in May 2009), for which Pirelli was a partner as the supplier of tires of car used in several scenes.

Angel ST was presented on the Circuit de Algarve in Portugal at the occasion of the inaugural World Superbike Championship conference for the 2009 season, a series for which has been the sole supplier of tires starting from 2004 until 2012. The choice of the Portuguese circuit for the debut of Angel ST is not accidental: the new Pirelli product, the world leader in the motorcycle sector, benefiting from the vast Sports experience of Pirelli, which traditionally transferred to street bikes and to all motorcyclists the innovations and technological solutions refined within the racing environment. "Racetracks are our open-air laboratory," explains Guglielmo Fiocchi, General Director of the Pirelli Motorcycle Tire Division. "The pilots are the best Superbike testers that could be desired, which each and every race offers us food for reflection and improvement. Even more so, this feedback is in addition to the continuous innovation generated by our laboratories in Italy and Germany, in which are born products such as Angel ST."

From a technical point of view, largely due to a trend-setting tread design, compound mixtures and innovative structure, this new Pirelli motorcycle tyre ensures incredible stability, maximum grip on dry and wet and considerable product life. Angel ST fits with sport-touring motorcycles (such as Yamaha FJR1300, Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa and Kawasaki GTR 1400) and is designed for the needs of daily two-wheel riders, who often transform on the weekend to adventurous travelers who enjoy taking the route on the highway while watching out for curvy roads which allow flashes of exciting riding - but always in complete safety.