Pirelli Signs Back On For World Superbike

Cycle News Staff | July 27, 2011

Pirelli will continue to be the spec-tire provider for both the World Superbike and British Superbike Championships for another three years, the Italian company announced today.

“We are delighted to be able to renew the contract with Pirelli until the completion of the 2015 season,” said Paolo Flammini, the CEO of Infront Motor Sports – the promoters of World Superbike. “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 seven 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.”

The fact that both series use the same tire company makes it easier for wild card riders from the British series to take part in world rounds. Case in point, John Hopkins and his British Superbike Series teammate Jon Kirkham will ride in this weekend’s British World Superbike round at Silverstone. It also works the other way when Kawasaki’s World Superbike team of Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz take part in rounds of the British series.Pirelli is also the spec-tire provider for Formula One through 2013.