The long-standing agreement between Dorna WorldSBK Organization and Pirelli has will continue for at least an additional three years. The tyre maker has been confirmed as official tyre supplier to all classes of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship up to and including the 2023 season.
Pirelli has become an FIM Motocross World Champion for the 70th time. Following last weekend’s Grand Prix of Bulgaria, the Italian tyre manufacturer has ‘mathematically conquered’ the MXGP World Title after gaining the MX2 class title during the Grand Prix of Switzerland, thus bringing its number of World titles won since 1980 to 70.
A new tyre pressure control procedure was introduced during the opening round of the WorldSBK Championship 2018, which took place in Australia last weekend. This measure has been welcomed by Giorgio Barbier, racing director at Pirelli Moto, who comments that tyre pressure remains a “crucial point” for championship supplier Pirelli.
Pirelli’s contract with promoter-organiser Doma and the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) to be the official tyre supplier to the Superbike World Championship for all classes has been extended by two years to cover the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The technical partnership between the Italian tyre manufacturer and the production bike based series, which started in 2004, is the longest running control tyre supply deal in international motorsport history. The previous contract was due to expire at the end of the 2018 season.
Pirelli has renewed its partnership with Youthstream, the organiser of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Under the deal the manufacturer will continue to be the official tyre supplier to the headline international series for off-road motorcycles until the end of the 2019 season. Pirelli has supplied the tyres for 66 world titles (since 1980) in the championship, and calls its Scorpion MX32 “one of its most successful tyres.”
Qatar’s Losail International circuit hosted the last round of the eni FIM World Superbike Championship season, with Aprilia riders triumphing in both races, World champion Jonathan Rea, of Kawasaki Racing Team, capped his overall victory with a Pirelli Best Lap award in the first of two races in Qatar, and helped his team to complete its Manufacturer Championship winning season in style. In Supersport, Kyle Smith claimed victory on his Honda, but Kawasaki claimed the overall Manufacturer title too. Pirelli said its tyres performed well, despite the difficult conditions caused by sand on the track.
Pirelli will continue as the event main sponsor at the next round of the ENI FIM Superbike World Championship in Malaysia. Taking place at Sepang International Circuit on 2 August, the event is known as the Pirelli Malaysian Round. Pirelli has identified Malaysia – as well as Qatar – as World Superbike Championship events with particular marketing value, increasing its visibility in growing, high performance markets.
Pirelli is to be the main sponsor of the grand finale of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. Held next weekend in Qatar at the Losail International Circuit, Doha, the last round of the season will take the official name: “Pirelli Qatar Round”. The event is also notable as the first time the Superbike World Championship will take place at night.
Honda took two wins over the World Superbike Championship weekend at Imola, as Briton Jonathan Rea moved into first place in the overall standings, taking the Pirelli Best Lap awards in both races. While the existing soft compound Diablo Superbike tyre was used to great effect, Pirelli also regarded the meeting as a successful first outing for the new SC1 S1699 compound EVO fitment, with many riders in this category opting to use the tyre.