In over a decade of participation as Official Tyre Supplier, the eni FIM Superbike World Championship has enabled Pirelli to develop products which are highly appreciated by the riders and motorcyclists from all over the world. Establishing Pirelli as the undisputed market leaders.
Since 2004 up to now, the Italian tyre company has brought on Superbike racetracks a total of 715,213 racing tyres, developing 661 solutions during the contract period
In 11 years, Pirelli has raced in 24 circuits (AragÌ_n, Assen, Brands Hatch, Brno, Donington Park, EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Imola, Istanbul Intercity Park, Laguna Seca, Losail, Jerez de la Frontera, Kyalami, Magny-Cours, Misano Adriatico, Monza, Mosca, NÌ_rburgring, Oschersleben, Phillip Island, PortimÌ£o, Salt Lake City, Sepang, Silverstone, Valencia, Vallelunga) from 16 Countries for a total of 268 races.
The development work carried out by Pirelli together with the production derived Championship riders has no equal: in fact, the range of Pirelli racing tyres have travelled a total of more than 1 million kilometres in races with often extreme temperatures (from 6 to 60 Celsius degrees)
Since the beginning of the collaboration between Pirelli and the FIM Superbike World Championship, the final standings of the championship was decided five times in the last round (in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013) and five times in the penultimate (in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011). Showing how since the entrance of the Italian company in the production derived series, the show and also the competitiveness has grown
In the Open Championship (pre-2004) only three manufacturers were able to earn the title in more than 16 years, during the Pirelli control-tyre years 6 of 10 motorcycle manufacturers won at least one title: Ducati, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Aprilia and Kawasaki.
The intensive development implemented by Pirelli has allowed a steady improvement, year after year, with the performances offered by the tyres resulting in an average reduction of race time of 0.7 seconds per year
Many patents and innovations present in the tyres used daily by motorcyclists from all over the world are derived from the experience of Pirelli in the FIM Superbike World Championship.
The Pirelli DIABLO‰ã¢ range in a decade has launched 13 successful products: DIABLO‰ã¢ Superbike (2005), DIABLO‰ã¢ Rain (2005), DIABLO‰ã¢ Wet (2005), DIABLO‰ã¢ Strada (2005), DIABLO‰ã¢ Corsa III (2006), DIABLO‰ã¢ Supercorsa SC (2007), DIABLO‰ã¢ Supercorsa SP (2008), DIABLO ROSSO‰ã¢ (2008), Diablo Superbike PRO‰ã¢ (2009), DIABLO ROSSO‰ã¢ Corsa (2010), DIABLO ROSSO‰ã¢ II (2011), DIABLO‰ã¢ Supercorsa SC V2 (2012) and DIABLO‰ã¢ Supercorsa SP V2 (2012). Products that have always laid down the guidelines in their respective segments, winning the comparative tests of the most prestigious magazines in the world and establishing themselves as market benchmarks
Just to stay true to the philosophy that has always characterized the commitment and strategy of Pirelli in the FIM Superbike World Championship, that is the use not of prototype tyres but standard ones which are sold on the market, in 2013 Pirelli, first in the history, has abandoned 16.5 inches DIABLO‰ã¢ Superbike tyres for the new 17", a size most commonly used by motorcyclists
Thanks to the know-how and experience achieved in the top production derived Championship, Pirelli was able to become the control tyre formula in many national championships, including the British Superbike Championship, the Superstock 600 class of the Italian Championship (CIV) and the Honda Cup, the Pirelli 600 class in the France Superbike, the Superbike Series Brasil, the Stock 1000 Cup of South Africa and Costa Rica, the Supersport Series in Malaysia in addition to the BMW CUP in Germany and Spain, the Aprilia Cup in Poland, the R125 Cup in Holland and the 250 Taiwanese Cup. From 2014 Pirelli is also the sole supplier of the Australian Superbike Championship.
The strong commitment placed in the control tyre championships however, has not deprived Pirelli of carving out a leading role also in open tyre championships and competitions. Among these, just to name a few, the CIV (Italian Championship), the Superbike IDM (German National Championship) and the FSBK (French National Championship), in addition to the Belgian, Czech, Polish, Austrian, Cypriot, Finnish, Dutch, Spanish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Serbian, New Zealander championships, as well as in the Alpe Adria Championship and East European Championship.
Top Image: Pirelli Confirmed as Official Tyre Supplier eni FIM Superbike World Championship For 2016-2018 seasons