BSB » BSB to remain on 16.5 inch Pirellis

Pirelli announce the continuation of 16.5 inch tyres in the British Superbike Championship for 2013, with the introduction of the 17 inch size for 2014.

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charlieuk - Unregistered

October 05, 2012 11:49 AM

This is proper forward thinking for a change.

BSB gets quality, race tested 16.5" tyres for another year.

WSBK test and perfect the 17" tyres, manufactuers and suspension companies tweek and fine tune the bikes to work with the new wheels.

2014 BSB takes all the data from WSBK and Pirelli and relatively painlessly and cost effectively switch over.

Congratulations for sensible, cost effective decisions.


October 05, 2012 12:15 PM

And there was me being cynical and thinking Pirelli have a lot of 16.5" in stock and they need to get shot of them so let's just delay the 17" introduction for another year so we can palm them off on BSB


Pizdoff - Unregistered

October 05, 2012 12:45 PM

ALways seemed anomalous to me that they purport to ride 'almost the road bikes tuned' and used a different wheel size.

And yep, Wadcutter's spot on as to why its 2014. ... OK it may or may not be a stockpile of rubber but if its not a stockpile there will be something equivalent on production capacity behind it.

nom nom - Unregistered

October 05, 2012 1:02 PM

Pirelli - Hey Mr.BSB we have a lorryload of 16.5's that we are stuck with now that WSBK don't want them. What's about we give them to you 1/2 price and we can get rid of them?

Mr.BSB - Ok, just leave them round the back but we get the good stuff next year yeah?

OfficialBSB - We are pleased to remain with 16.5 Pirelli's for next year!

TC - Unregistered

October 05, 2012 4:13 PM

It also gives the teams more time to prepare before having to pay for how many dozens of new wheels and leaving them with a pile of scrap. I suppose the size will be adopted some time in the future.

Jack Valentine - Unregistered

October 05, 2012 4:53 PM

Nice way of showing those dumbasses from Dorna that they simply cant rule all the remaining bike racing series.

Its disgusting what they are doing with The bridgepoint deal, to get superbikes to step down so they can keep their boring series running...

According to the Italian and French press, That nobb Ezpeleta character is already at Magny Cours trying to atract some of the best wsbk and wss riders to their Honda GP series!!

Its incredible that the Flamini brothers are staying put while that is happening

steve jackson - Unregistered

October 05, 2012 5:50 PM

I'd love to see MotoGP be a colaboration between Honda and Yamaha seeing that there aint much left apart from the crap Ducati and CRT. Yamaha could supply the rolling chasis and Honda the engines. Equal machinery would make brilliant racing for the best in the world to compete in and then we really would have a worthy World championship based on talent ! May the best man win. Oh Yes

Wheelman - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 4:41 PM

I think it is a bad idea only giving BSB teams one year before going onto 17 inch wheels.
I see it like this...a team as got 5 pair of magnesium 16.5 wheels that are over 3 years old and are ready for replacing at 3K a pair due to the shelf life of a wheel.
The cash strapped teams will not replace the wheels and will 'make do' with the old wheels they have got because the wheels they would buy would be obsolete at the end of 2013 and would have no resale value due to the fact that 99% of trackday riders/club racers who use Pirelli 16.5 tyres buy part worn tyres of BSB teams.NO PART WORN CHEAP TYRES..NO MARKET FOR 16.5 WHEELS.
Pirelli will continue to make 16.5 slicks but the only riders that use 16.5 slicks are the riders that don't have a choice or teams like TAS that get paid by Pirelli on the road racing scene.

Wheelman - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 5:02 PM

The best solution for BSB from a financial point to help the teams is to go to 17 inch wheels in 2013 and let the teams use the treaded tyres that are road legal that are used on the superstock bikes and then the Used tyres that cost each rider approx 1500 pound a round will have a resale value for trackday/club racers and road riders.The superstock bikes are approaching 200bhp now and some models already achieve that figure and they manage ok on treaded tyres.
The last thing we need in BSB is WSBK left over heatcycled 16.5 Pirelli slicks on old fatiqued 16.5 magnesium wheels.
I don't know what happened to Victor Cox's rear wheel at Assen and i wouldn't like to speculate but I hope I never see anything like that again.A very lucky boy to walk away from a horrific looking incident.

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