AMA Supercross Championship and British Superbike Championship among the most important event. Switch to 17-inch tires in all the national Pirelli control and open tire championships
MILAN, ITALY – January 28, 2014 –In 2014, Pirelli will continue to be involved in many national and
international motorcycle racing activities both on track and off-road,
while remaining faithful to the strong sporting spirit that has always
characterized the Italian tire brand.
The Pirelli racing season this year opened on January 4 in Anaheim,
United States, with the first round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross
an FIM World Championship of which, as recently announced, the Italian
tire company is an official “motorcycle tire” sponsor for the period
2014-2016, as well as the official tire supplier for teams
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX and BTO Sports-KTM. In 2013 Pirelli triumphed in
Supercross competition in the Australian National Championship.
Pirelli also continues its commitment as sole tire supplier for all
classes of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, which kicks off on
February 23 in Australia. Pirelli has been present in factory derived
racing right from the start of the Championship since the 1980s. This
season will mark 11 consecutive years for the Milanese company as sole
tire supplier to the series, a unique experience which gives the brand
the record of longest running and most successful control-tire supplier
in the history of motorsports at an international level.
This year for the first time ever, in the premier class, which sees
the presence of 8 motorcycle manufacturers already confirmed, the series
will see the Superbike EVOs on the grid, while Pirelli will give its
own contribution to maintain the high competitiveness of the
From asphalt to off road, the commitment of Pirelli does not change:
in the FIM Motocross World Championship, in which the Italian tire
company can boast 60 World titles, the SCORPION™ tires will support many
of the participating riders, including 6 times World Champion Tony
Cairoli and the new MX2 Champion Jeffrey Herlings. Together with
Pirelli, both are already winners in their respective classes in the
World Championship over the past two years. This year, the FIM Motocross
World Championship starts on March 1 in Qatar and includes 18 rounds.
Pirelli will also take part in the FIM Endurance World Championship,
which kicks off on April 26 in France at the historic circuit of
Magny-Cours with the Bol d’Or. For two consecutive years Pirelli has
won the “Master of Endurance”, which includes the two 24 Hours (Le Mans
and Bol d’ Or). Pirelli has also achieved four consecutive victories at
the 24 Hours of Le Mans Moto and triumphed at the Bol d’Or in 2012 and
2013, thanks to the fruitful collaboration with the Kawasaki SRC team.
Pirelli will also be engaged in many competitions at a local level,
both as sole tire supplier and in ‘open tire’ classes. After the
historic transition from 16.5-inch tires to the higher performing 17
inch tires successfully introduced for the first time in the FIM
Superbike World Championship last year, Pirelli has decided to provide
all the national Superbike championships in which it is the sole
supplier with its new DIABLO™ Superbike 17-inch tires. This starts with
the British Superbike Championship (including the Supersport, Superstock
600/1000, Triumph Triple Challenge and Ducati 848 Challenge), where the
Italian tire company has proudly partnered with since 2008. The riders
of the British Championship will take to the track for the first round
at Brands Hatch on April 18.
Pirelli’s commitment as a unique tire supplier is also confirmed for
the Stock 600 class of the Italian Championship (CIV) as well as the
Honda Cup, the Pirelli 600 category of France Superbike, Canadian
Superbike and Supersport classes, and Brazil Superbike Series. Pirelli
will also be providing sole supply for the Superstock 1000 Cup in South
Africa and in Costa Rica, the Supersport Series in Malaysia, the BMW CUP
in Spain and Germany, the Aprilia Cup in Poland, the R125 Cup in the
Netherlands and the 250 Cup of Taiwan. And now for the first time,
Pirelli will also be the sole supplier of the Australian Superbike
Championship in 2014.
Thanks to the know-how and knowledge obtained in the control tire
Championships, Pirelli has always had a leading role in open tire
championships and competitions as well. In 2013, for example, Pirelli
won in the IDM Superbike (German National Championship) in Germany –
with 11 wins out of 16 races in the Superbike class, all 16 races in the
Supersport class and the Stock 1000 class. In the FSBK (French National
Championship) it triumphed in the top class with 10 wins out of a total
of 13 races, whereas in the Italian National Championship (CIV) it
achieved success by winning 8 out of 10 races in the Superbike class and
10 out of 10 races in the Supersport class.
In addition, Pirelli has won the Superbike class of the Belgian,
Czech, Polish, Austrian, Cypriot and Finnish Championships, as well as
in the Supersport class of Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic,
Poland, Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, New Zealand, Finland, in the
Alpe Adria Championship and East European Championships. All in all
Pirelli won 31 titles last season in the open tire national
championships in Superbike, Supersport and Superstock classes – a record
that Pirelli wants to match and exceed in 2014.
“With the recently signed agreement for the sponsorship of the
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, our commitment in two-wheel racing
activities now covers almost all the major motorcycle competitions,”
said Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Moto Racing Director.
“2013 has been a successful year for us, not only in the
championships in which we are the sole supplier but also in the open
tire ones. This shows how the control tire formula, when implemented
correctly, offers benefits to the involved championships as well as to
Pirelli who can develop innovative products that are not afraid of open
tire competitions. We are ready for the new challenges that await us in
2014 and we will continue to work in order to improve our products, both
for the riders who use them all over the world, as well as for all
motorcyclists who have confidence in us daily by fitting Pirelli tires
to their motorcycles”.
By press release.
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