The SBK front runners will continue to run Pirelli tires throughout the 2015 season, with World Superbike extending its spec tire contract with the Italian tire company.
The agreement, as has been the case since the start of the collaboration between the two companies in 2004, will also include the exclusive supply of tires for the FIM Supersport World Championship, the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup and the UEM Superstock 600 European Championship.
This additional renewal follows on from the 2010-2011-2012 agreement between the two parties and above all it is testament to the outstanding technical and working relationship that has been established over the years, which has proved to be mutually beneficial to both partners.
The FIM Superbike World Championship has benefitted from stability, quality, competitiveness and fairness, and the one-make supply is fully in line with the philosophy lying behind the four championships, which is to give all competitors the same level playing-field regarding performance, service and costs, while Pirelli’s ongoing R&D in collaboration with the world’s leading production-based racing championships has led to its constant developments in advanced racing technology being transferred to its products for everyday use on the road. Other important factors in the supply renewal were Pirelli’s working methods, tire performance, reliability and durability and top-level service quality.
It is safe to say that the adoption of an exclusive one-make tire supply has contributed to the growth and success of the FIM Superbike World Championship over the last eight years, and will continue to do so in the future.
Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports, declared: “We are delighted to be able to renew the contract with Pirelli until the completion of the 2015 season. Eight years of working together have provided results that go way beyond our highest expectations. Once again we can count on a tire supplier, whose commitment to the product, service and development is second to none. The presence of 7 manufacturers in World Superbike and full grids in all four classes requires a supplier who can guarantee total excellence from all points of view, and Pirelli have fully respected those guarantees, providing stability to the championships and contributing enormously to their success. We would like to thank them for their commitment and support and look forward once again to a long-term future together.”
“Pirelli is very happy to be chosen again as Official Tire Supplier to World Superbike, the production-based world racing series which remains close to passionate fans. Our Diablo tires’ performance and quality were key elements in helping Infront to again select us,” stated Uberto Thun, Managing Director, Motorcycle Division for Pirelli Tyre. “This new contract confirms our dedication to WSBK, to the sport’s competitiveness, and to a flexible but continued tire development guaranteeing the best racing tyres are made available.”