Superbike: Pirelli prepares for the Misano GP

After the tests of a few weeks ago, World Superbike returns to Misano, on World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, this time for the seventh round of the season. For the occasion, Pirelli will bring two new rear tyres, one dedicated to WSBK and the other to WSSP.

The work of the Milanese company seems to never end and it is the Superbike riders who, race after race, find themselves with new solutions that are increasingly complete and functional. Pirelli’s goal is to create a whole range of oversized tyres, such as the latest 125/70 front and 200/65 rear tyres to complement the already available SC0 rear and SC1 front tyres. The new SC0 development dedicated to the Superbike class was created with the aim of ensuring better acceleration and greater stability.

The Misano track was designed in 1969 and began to host competitions in 1972. Several modernizations have marked the history of the circuit to improve safety and respect modern standards. Today it has 1,850 meters of straights (510 meters the longest), 10 right and 6 left turns for a total of 4,226 meters. Salt and humidity, which are critical for the track and the area, were defeated thanks to the new asphalt that covered the entire track in 2015, which, however, still makes the task of the tires difficult due to the strong abrasive characteristics.

In addition to the asphalt factor, there is also the temperature factor: the right hand side of the tyres is quite stressed, due to the presence of the 10 bends in that direction, which is causing the structure of the tyre to be damaged and compromising the precision of the trajectory.

For this reason, Pirelli will be on track with 3,755 tyres, complete with dry, wet and intermediate solutions. The increased size has now become standard practice in Superbike, so riders will have 8 slick solutions available, all in 125/70 front and 200/65 rear sizes.

Three front solutions have already been used in the Aragon, Assen, Imola and Jerez rounds: the 125/70 range SC1 in soft compound and the X1071 and X1118 development SC2 in medium compound. There are two confirmations regarding the solutions for the rear: SC0 in the 200/65 range and the Y0446 development SC0 (same structure as the SC0 in the range, but a compound oriented to use with higher temperatures).

A third solution is given by the new SC0 development Y0518, the same compound as the Y0446 specification, but a structure capable of ensuring better acceleration thrust and greater stability. The last two solutions are represented by the SCX in specification Y0447 as a prequalification tyre and the supersoft from Superpole in specification X0684.

After the race weekend, the Pirelli SBK Track Days will take place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The event will include whole days of track sessions for bikers who love the Milanese brand and Superbike.

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