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Round ten of the FIM Motocross World Championship falls to the Pirelli Scorpion MX with success in MX1, MX2 and EMX250


Uddevalla (Sweden), 1 July 2013 ­– Round ten of the FIM Motocross World Championship saw an exciting fixture for Pirelli as the Scorpion MX swept podiums in the MX1 and MX2 classes and grabbed the first two positions of the European EMX250 category.

The premier division MX1 was another happy hunting ground for series leader Antonio Cairoli who returned from defeat at his home Grand Prix two weeks ago with a superb double moto haul that consolidated his advantage at the top of the MX1 standings and with a bigger margin over main rival Gautier Paulin; the Frenchman could only finish fifth. The Sicilian fronted team-mate and other Pirelli runners Ken De Dycker and Suzuki’s Clement Desalle.

MX2 was once more the domain of Jeffrey Herlings, who recovered from a first moto first corner crash to reach third position and then later in the day eased to another comprehensive victory in the second race. The works KTM representative beat the surprising figure of Christophe Charlier - grasping the chequered flag in the first sprint - and also team-mate Jordi Tixier who flew to the runner-up slot in the second moto to assist Herlings’ tenth triumph in a row. Also noteworthy was Alex Lupino. The Italian rallied back from some bad starts in fine form to finish fifth overall.

Pirelli Scorpion MX tyres were also used across the bumpy hard-pack on the KTM of Valentin Guillod and that of Damon Graulus; first and second respectively in the third fixture of the EMX250 championship.

“It’s been a really positive day,” commented Pirelli Racing Service Manager Giovanni Gatti. “We have taken eight of the nine podium spots. All the riders used Scorpion MX MidSoft 32F front and Scorpion MX MidSoft 32 rear. The only variation was for the factory Suzuki guys in MX1 who preferred to tackle the dirt with a 120/90 dimension on the rear tyre compared to the 110/90 selected by everybody else. In MX2 Herlings was the only one to also use 110/90 on the back.”

Round eleven of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place on July 7th at Kegums for the Grand Prix of Latvia.

Grand Prix of Sweden, Uddevalla: Temperature 24°, Humidity 39%


Antonio Cairoli - MX1


MX1 Overall Classification
1. Antonio Cairoli KTM Team Red Bull Factory
2. Ken De Dycker KTM Team Red Bull Factory
3. Clement Desalle Suzuki Team Rockstar Energy
4. Max Ngal Honda Team World Motocross
5. Paulin Gautier Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team


MX1 Podium


MX1 championship standings after 10 rounds:
1. Antonio Cairoli KTM 467
2. Gautier Paulin Kawasaki 398
3. Clement Desalle Suzuki 374
4. Ken De Dycker KTM 359
5. Kevin Strijbos Suzuki 298


Jeffrey Herlings - MX2


MX2 Overall result:
1. Jeffrey Herlings KTM Team Red Bull Factory
2. Christophe Charlier Yamaha Team Monster Energy
3. Jordi Tixier KTM Team Red Bull Factory
4. Jake Nicholls KTM Team Wilvo Nestaan
5. Alex Lupino Kawasaki Team CLS


MX2 Podium


MX2 championship standings after 8 rounds:
1. Jeffrey Herlings KTM 492
2. Jordi Tixier KTM 363
3. José Butron KTM 311
4. Christophe Charlier Yamaha 306
5. Glenn Coldenhoff KTM 282


Valentin Guillod - EMX250



EMX250 Podium



Tom Sykes takes a double record breaking win at Imola

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.


Top position on the podium for Pirelli at SES TT ZERO

Top position on the podium for Pirelli at SES TT ZERO
with Michael Rutter and the Segway Racing Motoczysz team

Third victory in a row for Pirelli and the English rider on his Motoczysz E1pc
in the race dedicated to zero-emission bikes held every year on the Isle of Man during the Tourist Trophy


Milan, 5 June 2013Pirelli wins the TT Zero for the third year in a row thanks to the excellent team work of Michael Rutter and the entire Segway Racing MotoCzysz squad.

In the saddle of his electric Motoczysz E1pc bike equipped with the new Pirelli Diablo Superbike 17-inch tyres, the 41-year-old English rider known as “The Blade”, crossed the finishing line first, 1.672 seconds ahead of John McGuinness on the Dunlop equipped Mugen Shinden-Ni, followed in third place by Rob Barber over 4 minutes behind.

The TT Zero is a motorcycle race first organised in 2010 and held every year during the Tourist Trophy. The TT Zero race is only open to prototype racing bikes with a technical concept envisaging fossil-free fuel propulsion, and zero toxic or harmful emissions.

Specifically, thanks to the performance of the new 17-inch Pirelli Diablo Superbike tyres, Michael Rutter really hit the throttle in the last lap, registering a record time of 20:38:461, covering the 37.73 miles at an average speed of 109.675 mph. Last year, Rutter had already triumphed against McGuinness, breaking the 100 mile-per-hour record touching averages of 104.056 mph, this year the result was no different but the times achieved are a clear sign of the progress made by the team.

This, the latest in a long line of successes, consolidated and reinforced the strong relationship of trust and collaboration, for over four years, created between Pirelli, the West-Midlands driver, and the team from Portland.

Michael Rutter - Segway Racing MotoCzysz

Michael Rutter - Segway Racing MotoCzysz

PIRELLI - Official FIM SBK World Championship tyre supplier for 2013-2015 Seasons



Milan (Italy),July 27, 2011Pirelli has been renewed as the Official Tyre Supplier to the FIM Superbike World Championship after a new contract was signed between Pirelli and Infront Motor Sports. The agreement secures Pirelli its current role in the World Championship as unique racing tyre supplier for the four racing classes through the end of 2015. Currently in its eighth year, the technical relationship began at the start of the 2004 season to increasing the competitiveness, quality and fairness amongst participating manufacturers, and as a way of reducing the overall cost of running the championship. This agreement follows on the heels of the renewed experience this year in Formula 1™, where Pirelli was chosen as the Official Tyre Supplier through 2013.

Pirelli continues to demonstrate with success its ability to supply high quality racing tyres matching the specific requests of the organizers, even extending this relationship with initiatives like the Pirelli Best Lap Awards to improve the overall show, the attractiveness of a live paddock, and the competitiveness amongst riders and teams whose increased choices play a significant role in tyre development.

Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports, declared: “We are delighted to be able to renew the contract with Pirelli until the completion of the 2015 season. Eight years of working together have provided results that go way beyond our highest expectations. Once again we can count on a tyre supplier, whose commitment to the product, service and development is second to none. The presence of 7 manufacturers in World Superbike and full grids in all four classes requires a supplier who can guarantee total excellence from all points of view, and Pirelli have fully respected those guarantees, providing stability to the championships and contributing enormously to their success. We would like to thank them for their commitment and support and look forward once again to a long-term future together.”

“Pirelli is very happy to be chosen again as Official Tyre Supplier to World Superbike, the production-based world racing series which remains close to passionate fans. Our Diablo tyres’ performance and quality were key elements in helping Infront to again select us,” stated Uberto Thun, Business Unit Director for Pirelli Moto. “This new contract confirms our dedication to WSBK, to the sport’s competitiveness, and to a flexible but continued tyre development guaranteeing the best racing tyres are made available.”

Relevant value-adds regarding Pirelli’s role in WSBK:

    • Since Pirelli’s arrival as single tyre supplier, the WSBK championship victor has been decided during the final round three times: in 2004, 2007 and 2009, and as well four times during the penultimate round. While only three manufacturers were successful in capturing the title over the 16 proceeding years as an open championship (pre-2004), in the 8 years of control tyre and amongst the 8 participating manufacturers (including Petronas), a total of 5 have captured the title in at least one season: Ducati, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Aprilia.

    •      In part due to continued improvements in tyre performance, following the first season, average race time times have fallen year after year1: -0,2 secs (2005), -1,2 (2006), -0,8 (2007), -0,6 (2008), -0,7 (2009) and -0,2 (2010), resulting in an average reduction of race time of -0,4 secs per year for a total of -2.8 seconds. Superpole final qualifying times have quickened as compared previous years: 7 faster Superpoles in 2010, 8 in 2009, 8 in 2008, 8 in 2007, 9 in 2006 and 9 in 2005 (not considering new/modified circuits and wet Superpoles). Excluding any tracks modified from one year to the next, 21 track records have been registered at the 21 circuits on five continents where WSBK has raced.

    • The role as tyre supplier remains a significant technical effort for the Italian producer, with Pirelli having furnished a total of 212,633 racing tyres for the 2008-2010 seasons, a quantity comprised of 185 different solutions (compounds, profiles, sizes), and contributing to a total of 454 solutions during the contract period. Considering these solutions were amply used by an average of 20 riders per Superbike race, over a 100 km race distance during each of the two races per GP, Pirelli has obtained professional feedback on its Diablo Superbike slick tyres from over 775,000 competition kilometers. As well as meteorological conditions, temperature extremes remain the biggest challenge for tyre development, but Pirelli was able to develop solutions specifically for asphalt temperatures arriving to an extreme low of 6°C during Race 1 at Donington in 2011 and an extreme high of 58°C in Race 2 at Misano in 2008.

    Nearly 30 Pirelli patents have been derived from the experience SBK racing, ranging from contact patch technology (EPT), to tread designs and even compounding processes. Many of the recently introduced products such as the Diablo Rosso Corsa and the Diablo Rosso II have integrated elements of these technologies in order to offer the most advanced products to consumers for their use in everyday riding, whether on the track or the road.

The FIM Superbike World Championship and Pirelli have enjoyed sharing in the loyalty and growth of the championship’s spectators: close to 120,000 fans were present for the Brands Hatch in 2006 and Monza race in 2009, contributing to an the over 5,5 million live spectators who’ve attended at least one Superbike race over the last 8 years (2,6 million from 2008-2010). Many spectators in attendance come to witness wild cards entries from national champions in America, Australia, Canada, Italy or the UK compete in Superbike, some who became permanent riders the very next season.

Pirelli wishes to thank Infront Motor Sports for continuing this challenge and all of the many fans who continue to follow the World Championship, and looks forward to demonstrating its tyre performance wherever WSBK competes.

For more information about Pirelli’s efforts in circuit competition, please visit on www.pirelli.com, or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pirelli and follow us on Twitter: @Pirelli_Media


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