WSBK to use 17″ Pirellis in 2013

For season 2013, World Superbike will shift to a new, Pirelli supplied 17″ tyre. world-supers-2012
WSBK to use 17″ Pirellis
From 2013, Pirelli will begin supplying all the tyres for the World Superbike Championship – which currently are produced in 16.5″- in the 17″ size.

Pirelli’s 16.5″ Diablo Superbike tyres are currently used not only in the Superbike World Championship, but also in World Endurance and BSB . Until 2004, the unique supplier agreement did not exist in the Superbike World Championship so Pirelli adapted itself to the sizes offered by other suppliers.

Pirelli will replace the current 16.5″ tyres with 17″ sized tyres which have already been successful in the local Superbike championships in New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, Greece,Sweden, Canada, Malaysia and many other local championships.

Pirelli say the 17″ slick tyre is the optimal size foor those seeking performance without having to modify the chassis or mounting a new set of wheels. Over the past three years, Pirelli has greatly accelerated its tyre development to meet end users’ needs and the power delivered by new bikes.

Compared to the 16,5″ slick tyre, the 17″ one offers a thicker tread for better handling andconsistency, its footprint in mid to full lean is approx 10% wider thanks to a higher profile and a carcass able to endure more side force, all those features will definitely bring great benefits to motorcyclists all over the world.

The Superbike World Championship will be an excellent environment that will allow Pirelli, as sole supplier, to develop the best tyres for 17″, a size that is now more and more demanded by the market, thus remaining faithful to its motto “We sell what we race” and thus continuing to offer riders the highest quality products developed with the help of the great Superbike champions.

Pirelli Motorcycle Tyres are Imported and Distributed in Australia by Link International.

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