On a Kawasaki fitted with Pirelli Diablo Superbike SC0 tyres on the rear and SC2 on the front Tom Sykes takes a double win at Imola breaking the record for both the track fast lap and the race fast lap
With 46° asphalt temperatures in race 1 and 54° in race 2, all 18 riders of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship on the starting grid opted for the softer compound of the Diablo Superbike on the rear and almost all opted for the medium compound on the front, providing a good show for the many fans who came out to watch at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo and Dino Ferrari
Imola (Italy), 30 June 2013 – The new 17 inch Diablo Superbike tyres in SC0 soft compound continue to be the option for the rear preferred by the riders on the starting grid in the Superbike class. On a Sunday characterised by asphalt temperatures between 46° and 54°, the new standard soft compound tyres (therefore currently available for purchase on the market by any biker who wants to ride on the track) once again demonstrated their excellent qualities in terms of performance, contributing to the show put on by the riders during the Imola weekend.
Imola was definitely a 'green' weekend with the manufacturer from Akashi pulling a hat trick, taking a fabulous double with with Tom Sykes and the Kawasaki Racing Team in the top class, the top step of the podium in both Supersport with Kenan Sofuoglu and he MAHI Racing Team India and in Superstock 600 with Alessandro Nocco on his Kawasaki ZX-6R for San Carlo Team Italia, only missing out on the podium in Superstock 1000 where Sylvain Barrier won for team BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK.
Tom Sykes was undoubtedly the matador of the weekend since he not only won both races, but put the fast lap on the boards for them as well, winning both Pirelli Best Lap Awards at stake and, above all, breaking the absolute track record during the last Superpole session on Saturday using the same SC0 soft compound tyre used by the riders in the races, in addition to the race fast lap record in race 1.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team)
In the Superbike class the Emilia Romagna weekend stars were also Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing), who rode to the second step of the podium in race 1 but was unable to repeat the performance in race 2 due to a crash, Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team), third in race 1 but also stopped by a crash in race 2, and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) respectively second and third in race 2. With his double win Tom Sykes is now the new leader in the general standings with 235 points, overtaking Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli who is at 229, trailed from a distance by team mate Eugene Laverty at 190 points and Marco Melandri at 182.
Tom Sykes - Podium
The vast majority of Supersport riders also chose the soft SC0 development solution for the rear, whereas the unanimous choice from the front fell to the soft blend standard SC1. In an extremely heated race the Turkish rider triumphed on his Kawasaki, followed by Sam Lowes and Vladimir Leonov, each astride a Yamaha YZF R6 for team Yakhnich Motorsport. The Russian team's English rider leads the standings with 140 points followed by today's winner, Kenan Sofuoglu with 106 points and Fabien Foret with 85.
In the lower Superstock classes the podium was completed by Niccolò Canepa (Barni Racing Team) and Ondrej Jezek (SK Energy - Fany Gastro), respectively second and third in the 1000 class, and as Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia) and Christian Gamarino (Team Goeleven) in the 600.
The Pirelli solutions chosen by the riders:
After being used at Monza, Donington and Portimão, the standard SC0 solution (R1261) of the new 17 inch Diablo Superbike was once again the unanimous choice for the rear in both races for the Superbike riders on the starting grid. The soft standard solution which made its début at Monza in the specific version with reinforced central section has proven to be the popular choice when asphalt temperatures rise above 25 degrees. Ideal for tackling smooth asphalt and high temperatures, it provides maximum contact area on smooth asphalt and maximum traction development at high temperatures, in addition to its greater performance stability under thermal decline.
For the front about 2/3 of the riders opted instead for the standard SC2 (R982), a medium blend which is excellent for high external temperatures because it ensures the solidity and compactness of the tread band. The remaining 5/6 of the riders, including those on the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK team, opted instead for the standard R426 SC1 in soft compound which maximises the tread contact on the ground and the “presence” of the front.
In the Supersport class the SC0 Diablo Supercorsa SC0 in the S510 version, already seen in action at Monza and Portimão, was the most used solution for the rear. For the front, on the other hand, the undisputed star was once again the standard SC1 Diablo Supercorsa (P1177), chosen by all the riders.
Pirelli Best Lap Award:
The Pirelli Best Lap Awards, the prize that is assigned to the riders with the fast laps in the Superbike and Supersport races, were presented by Marketing Manager Italia Luca Zaccomer and by Product Manager Italia Davide Gerosa in the Paddock Show during the press conference that follows the podium at the end of Superbike race 1 and race 2 and the Supersport race.
The Superbike and Supersport rider who has earned the most “Pirelli Best Lap Award” titles at the end of the season will be elected “Best Lap Winner: fastest rider of the year” and awarded during the end of year ceremony. At the moment Tom Sykes leads the Superbike standings with 7 awards. In Supersport Sam Lowes is the leader with 3 best lap awards.
These are the riders who won the Pirelli Best Lap Awards in the seventh round of the season:
WSB Race 1 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), 1'47.274 (13th lap)
WSB Race 2 – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), 1'47.506 (3rd lap)
WSS – Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport), 1’51.607 (11th lap)
The overall standings after the first seven rounds are as follows:
WSB: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team): 7; Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team): 3; Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma): 1; Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK): 1; Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK): 1; Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) : 1
WSS: Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport): 3; Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India): 2; Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India): 1; Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport): 1
Comment from Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Moto Racing Director:
“This was truly a perfect weekend for us, for the teams, for the riders and the fans who came to watch the races. As always the Superbike riders, as with all the eni FIM World Superbike Championship classes, did not disappoint our expectations in terms of show and fun.
At Pirelli we are particularly pleased, first of all because we had the umpteenth demonstration of how the 17 inch tyres developed for 2013 not only perform better than their 16.5 inch predecessors, but they are also allowing the riders to achieve results which were unthinkable a few years ago.
All we have to do is think about the circuit lap record Tom Sykes broke in Superpole 3, not with the super soft qualifying tyre which generally allows the riders to obtain better times, but incredibly with the standard SC0 tyre which was also used in the race.
Therefore I would be remiss not to offer my compliments to Tom, but more in general to all the Kawasaki teams which practically monopolised the podium this weekend. As already happened last year, the bikes from the Akashi manufacturer will take the top ranks, setting a new bar in particular for Aprilia and BMW, who are in any case very competitive.
The lower class and Cup of Nations races were also quite enjoyable. I think both the home viewers and the spectators here at the track had an exciting motoring weekend.
We are now at the turning point in the Championship. All that's left is to see how the coming races will go, but I'm certain that, keeping with the philosophy that has always characterised the factory derivative championship, there will be plenty of upsets and fantastic shows.
Our weekend will come to a close tomorrow with the official tests when the riders will be able to test various soft compound rear solutions that could prove to be important in the future, particularly on quite demanding tracks like Phillip Island.”
The 2013 Pirelli statistics for Imola round:
• Total number of tyres Pirelli brought: 4894
• Number of solutions (dry, intermediate and wet) for the Superbike class: 5 front and 6 rear
• Number of solutions for the Supersport class (dry, intermediate and wet): 4 front and 5 rear
Number of tyres available for each Superbike rider: 33 front and 40 rear
• Number of tyres available for each Supersport rider: 24 front and 27 rear
• Temperature in Race 1: air 25° C, asphalt 46° C
• Temperature in Race 2: air 28° C, asphalt 54° C
• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli Diablo Superbike tyres: 289.2 km/h, in Race 1 by Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) at 6th lap.
• Maximum race speed reached by Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres in Supersport: 255 km/h, Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India), 13th and last lap.