Pirelli “most innovative” Ducati supplier
Earlier this month, Pirelli was awarded the Ducati’s 2010 Best Product Innovation Award, an award offered by the motorcycle manufacturer to its most innovative supplier of the year. As a way of determining who receives this coveted award, the Italian firm utilises a committee made up of members of its Purchasing, Technical, Quality and Logistics departments; the committee analyses the performance of its suppliers from all evaluated aspects. In particular, Pirelli gained recognition from Ducati for its work in its development of the Scorpion Trail tyres for the Ducati Multistrada and the new 240/45 ZR17 size Diablo Rosso II for the Ducati Diavel.
“This award makes us proud of our ability to support the partners with innovative solutions that contribute to the success of both their bikes and our products,” said Uberto Thun, senior vice-president of Pirelli Moto, who accepted the award together with Piero Misani, director of R&D and Industrial for the company’s Motorcycle business unit.
This award, says Pirelli, confirms the “excellent cooperation” between Ducati’s Borgo Panigale factory and Pirelli’s research and development staff, a cooperation visible in 2011 through the development of the new street version Diablo Supercorsa SP in size 200/55 ZR17; this will be fitted as original equipment on the new Ducati 1199 Panigale.