MotoGP » Pirelli prefers WSBK to MotoGP

"Our 'model' for motorcycle control tyres needs a very close specification between road and racing and this is not the case in MotoGP. But if MotoGP were to accept this, why not?" - Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli.

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January 23, 2013 7:22 PM

a racing tyre designed to last 25 laps and a road tyre lasting 5000+ mile are nothing a like other than round n black, so I bet none of there road tyres have improved because of wsbk.
now in the classes that have to run treaded tyres yes I can see it getting to the road bikes

Gixxer - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 7:33 PM

He probably means in terms of Construction, profile etc the link the tyres to the road is a few years lag.

Otherwise we would all still be on crossply's with 140 rear tyres lol

They would be good for Motogp if they gave them road biased tyres, all the riders going into the championship wouldnt take so long to learn the things.


January 23, 2013 8:00 PM

" Pirelli prefers WSBK to MotoGP"

Yeah Pirelli - so does anybody who actually wants to watch motorcycle racing!

You'd only get slagged off if you supplied tyres to MotoGP anyway. If its not that control tyres are sh!te, then its that they spoil the racing (yeah, cos identical tyres that everyone uses are the biggest problem in MotoGP - yeah right!) or that the tyres you produce will be deliberately designed to suit one Mfr over the others.

I bet Pirelli would rather eat worms than join MotoGP right now (just like any bike Mfr's).


January 23, 2013 9:02 PM

I think that MotoGP needs to bring in a new tyre manufacturer like Pirelli. They make softer compound tyres than Bridgestone, and in WSBK they still have qualifying tyres. Softer compounds could mean faster lap times, more overtaking, a qualifying session worth watching and more sliding at the end of races.

Ace27 - Unregistered

January 24, 2013 12:18 AM

You guys completely dont understand what he's saying. Pirelli Make road tyres for racing, or they make race tyres road legal more like it. I race in a series that has a control tyre. WSBK develop the tyre and it goes down the chain to club level. This year WSBK go to 17" tyre. I will be racing on the same tyre as WSBK this year. The Average 600cc race use road tyres...or race tyres designed to work on roads, they have minimal tread becuase they want it to mimick a slick but have tread to induce quicker heating. The man makes perfect sense.

billywiz - Unregistered

January 24, 2013 12:29 AM

Ive got pirellis on my VFR and so far they seem pretty good so maybe there is something in it. Having said that I used to use Metzlers and they were good too and as far as I know they have nothing to do with racing.

sik75 - Unregistered

January 24, 2013 5:09 AM

@billywiz, Pirelli own Metzler, so likely they do have a link to racing technology. Also the Metzler Racetecs are one of the best track tyres that are road legal.

I'm sure Pirelli would take on the MotoGP contract, they're just not showing their cards just yet - why start a bidding war with bridgestone 2 yrs before contract ends.

GoShow - Unregistered

January 24, 2013 6:22 AM

Ummm... anyone else notice that he said "Our 'model' for MOTORCYCLE control tyres..." all the talk about Pirelli in F1 has nothing to do with Motogp.

F1 is a special case where the huge marketing value cancells the need for a direct road link...

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