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Biaggi Tests Pirelli Angel GT Tire on Carrier

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Max Biaggi testing the new Pirelli Angel GT tires aboard the deck of the Cavour in the Taranto military port.
MotoUSA jack-of-all-trades Editor, Jusin Dawes, is currently getting his own sense of how the new Pirelli Angel GT tire performs at the press intro in Italy. Stay tuned for a full review. - MotoUSA Staff

Multiple world champion Max Biaggi, top notch tester for Pirelli in an unprecedented braking test on a wet surface: slamming on the brakes on a bike rocketing across the flight deck of an aircraft carrier being soaked by water pumps at 17 atm.

This is what happened on the Italian Navy's aircraft carrier Cavour, anchored in the new Taranto naval base which served as an unprecedented test track for the presentation of the new Pirelli Angel GT sport touring tire, developed for naked, super sport and touring bikes.

The six-time World Champion and reigning World Superbike Champion accelerated to 100 kph to then grab the brakes hard at the pre-established braking spot. The new Angel GT tires allowed Biaggi to first unload all his bike's horses to the ground and ensured an immediate stop on wet asphalt.

This unprecedented test was arranged by Pirelli thanks to the invaluable and professional cooperation of Difesa Servizi SpA and in particular the Italian Navy, which made the flight deck of the Cavour available, moored in the Taranto military port.

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RaptorFA   April 10, 2013 02:55 PM
Ah what the heck, it's a great PR thang! Good looking tire, too. I'm sure it wold hold it's own against anything you can throw at it. Stacks up nicely against the Pilot Road 3 in performance and price.
eligovt   April 10, 2013 07:59 AM
Biaggi riding a Kawi? I guess the Tuono would be cheating since it has all those fancy electronics....
grumpy8521   April 10, 2013 06:54 AM
Of course aircraft carriers have very rough textured non-skid flight decks for extra grip, so the "traction test" isn't really all that impressive. They should have done it on smooth polished wet concrete. That would've been impressive.
Oliver   April 9, 2013 05:40 PM
I don't buy it...Italy has a navy?