By Denna Bowman
Pirelli has announced it will supply slightly larger tyres to the World Superbike teams starting from 2013.
The Italian company will replace the current 16.5″ tyres with larger 17″ Diablo Superbike tyres in a move which is aimed at helping it develop its road-going products in the motorsport arena.
Pirelli claims the new tyres will increase responsiveness without requiring manufacturers to make any modifications to their bike chassis. They will also offer a thicker tread for improved handling and consistency.
The sole supplies of World Superbike tyres, Pirelli says it “develops its reference product through technologies and advances learned from the championship.
Since 2005, Pirelli’s 16.5″ Diablo Superbike tyres have been the sole reference rubber in the Superbike World Championship, with the tyre also used in World Endurance, BSB and CIV.
Pirelli’s choice to move to 17″ tyres in WSBK in 2013 comes following a similar move successfully negotiated in local Superbike championships, such as those in New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, Greece, Sweden, Canada and Malaysia.