Pirelli Riviera di Rimini Round: Pirelli as Event Main Sponsor dedicates the round to Fabrizio Pirovano and presents the tyre options for the racing weekend
A new rear soft compound for SBK® and a front development tyre for WorldSSP the latest additions for the races, while next Monday the testing day will focus on both front and rear new soft development solutionsMOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship returns to Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”: from June 17th to June 19th the track will host the 8th round of the 2016 season. Pirelli, as the Sole Tyre Supplier for all classes of this Championship since 2004, will be Event Main Sponsor for this round, which was re-named Pirelli Riviera di Rimini Round. After Fabrizio Pirovano’s demise, which occurred on Sunday, June 12th, Pirelli has decided to pay tribute to this historic protagonist of the World Superbike paddock dedicating to him the next round in Misano. Fabrizio Pirovano was a motorcycle rider who won the FIM Supersport World Championship in 1998 and also one of the most representative FIM Superbike World Championship riders: for this reason he was also included in the Championship Hall of Fame. Here is a warm memorial from Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Moto Sports Activities Director: “Fabrizio Pirovano has represented the best values of the Superbike World Championship since its dawn. He was much loved as a rider because he was an example of sports determination, honesty, fairness and an enthusiasm as contagious as his smile. We are all part of a wandering community, but those living and working in this circus are united by something more than a profession. We rejoice for both victories and successes of many people who are working behind the results. We enjoy each other’s successes; we suffer the pains that affect this fragile community of men and women. No matter how long you are not part of it: there is always a coffee for old friends who return to visit us. This Sunday we will be with you, Fabrizio, at Misano, like we did so many other times”. For the second time this year the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Romagna: after Imola, it’s the turn of Misano Adriatico, a historic track that has renewed its agreement with Dorna to host the production derived series until 2019. Pirelli will bring to Misano a new soft rear development solution for WorldSBK, the V0375, and also provide to WorldSSP riders a new front option which is a SC1 development. At the end of the race weekend, on Monday, June 20th, the Official Dorna tests will take place, the second one after those held earlier in the season in Australia. For Pirelli, this day will focus on testing with the designated development teams; different rear soft tyre solutions and different SC1 options for the front.
|Pirelli working area|
The Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” was designed from 1969 and finished after three years, in 1972, with the beginning of sports activities thanks to a modest-sized structure. The first circuit was 3488 metres long and it was used assiduously during the Eighties: during the following decade it underwent a renovation project, which was carried out with the aim of creating a cutting-edge facility designed with an international effort. New modernisation works were carried out between 2005 – when the new circuit entrance was realised – and 2006, the year that saw Misano World Circuit closing its activities for a complete restyling that lasted for five months: after these works the length of the circuit has been increased to 4180 metres. Other renovation works have taken place over the years including the current configuration, which took place in 2008 with the building of the new pit lane exit, a different track entrance and also at the Rio high-low. The new configuration is 4226 metres long with 10 curves on the right and 6 on the left, with a minimum width of 12 metres. In March 2015 Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” was completely resurfaced by the Italian company Dromo, led by Jarno Zaffelli, with the laying of about 53,000 square meters of new asphalt, developed with a specific formula able to face dried salt – due to the proximity with the Adriatic Sea – and humidity. Along with the full resurfacing, several works have been made to redefine the escape routes, in compliance with the DroCAS™ safety calculations, the profiling of the curbs with the aim of improving vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure. The result is a much more aggressive and abrasive asphalt on the tyres than in the past, which is particularly influenced by high temperatures typical of this area that may affect the accuracy of the trajectories.
This circuit is a very curved one, with short straight lengths that do not allow riders to achieve high top speeds, instead it creates different braking and acceleration points: the most challenging section from this point of view is the next one after the Curvone (turn 11), a very fast section which is characterized by a series of right-handed turns which require a high mechanical and thermal stress on the tyre shoulder.
The solutions for Superbike and Supersport classes
Pirelli will bring to Misano Adriatico a total of 4802 tyres for the 8th round of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship, as well as those intended for the testing day on Monday, June 20th.
In addition to rain and intermediate tyres, which are always available to all classes in the event of adverse weather conditions, each category has a selection of dry tyres to be used, in particular SBK® and WorldSSP riders have always many different options to choose.
As regards the SBK® class, riders might choose among four front slick solutions and as many as for the rear.
Together with SC2 and SC3 standard options, for the front two soft development solutions will be available: the well-known S1699, one of the most used solutions by the riders, and the U0176, with a compound which is located more or less halfway between a SC1 and a SC2 and which has been brought only to Assen so far.For the rear Pirelli, due to the climate and temperatures that should be enough higher during this time of the year, decided to focus primarily on soft solutions. Together with the standard SC0 one there will be two development SC0: the new V0375, which has never been used by riders, using the same compound of the development SC0 T0611 which has been the most popular solution used in Misano last year, and the V0377, which has different structural principles than the standard SC0 but offers a better level of grip and a higher stability. If the track does not reach acceptable temperatures for using soft compounds, riders can still count on the standard SC1 that best suits to abrasive asphalt and low temperatures.
The 2015 Pirelli statistics for Misano Adriatico
• Total number of tyres Pirelli brought: 5108
• Number of solutions (dry, intermediate and wet) for the Superbike class: 6 front and 7 rear
• Number of tyres available for each Superbike rider: 39 front and 41 rear
• Number of solutions (dry, intermediate and wet) for the Supersport class: 5 front and 6 rear
• Number of tyres available for each Supersport rider: 26 front and 32 rear
• Superbike Best Lap Awards won by: Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), 1’34.855 (Race 1, 3rd lap) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), 1’34.720 (Race 2, 2nd lap)
• Supersport Best Lap Awards won by: Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), 1’38.236 (6th lap)
• Temperature in Race 1: air 22°C, asphalt 32°C
• Temperature in Race 2: air 23°C, asphalt 44°C
• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike tyres: 273,4 km/h by Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) in Race 1 during last lap and in Race 2 at 1st lap.
• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa tyres in Supersport: 239,5 km/h by Patrick Jacobsen (CORE” Motorsport Thailand) at 1st lap and 3rd lap.