Pirelli’s Angel ST Achieves New World Duration Record
Pirelli has snagged itself a new 24-hour world record for the duration of its recently launched Angel ST motorcycle tyre. The record was set at the Nardò Technical Centre in southern Italy by Pirelli testers and international journalists riding a 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa 3,190.8 miles at an average speed of 132.9 mph. The test was designed to simulate a road distance of 7,500 miles at speeds of 50-65 mph.
A second bike, a 2009 Kawasaki GTR 1400 also shod with Angel STs also claimed six other records, including the 12-hour world record of 1,555.2 miles at 129.6 mph on average. Pirelli technical staff participating in this event included the directors of R&D – Piero Misani – and testing – Salvo Pennisi. Each of the 15 international journalists and 12 testing staff who participated in the record setting rode aboard at least one of the two motorcycles for duration of half of an hour (20 minutes and technical time) during the 24-hour period. The Hayabusa and the GTR 1400 used during this event are classed individually (A11 & A12 respectively) by the FIM which maintains these records of period and duration.