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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choo996 - Unregistered

January 24, 2013 9:45 AM

Does Mr kipling work for Pirelli "they do make exceedingly good hoops" !!!!.....both road & race !!! Pir' or metz'.....have great confidence in both !!!
" of course theyr'e road legal officer " . Closer the better !! :)

paul joiner

January 24, 2013 4:21 PM

"For the moment we are in World Superbike, because we thought that Superbike is the best way to make our road products better. Would we like to go into MotoGP just to have the image? Pirelli already has a motorcycle image and we are already a leader in motorcycle tyres, so why?

Translation- Bridgestone , like Michelin of the 80's and 90's has too firm a grip on the top step in Moto GP and is too established and known by performance to all the fastest riders to relinquish any space and therefore we have nohere to go in the market in order to try and be competitive

miffy - Unregistered

January 24, 2013 6:46 PM

Moto GP needs Pirelli, right now the races are so boring like F1 used to be and Pirelli stepped in and made F1 so fun to watch again.

I'd love Moto GP to have a pit stop and introduce tyre strategies into the racing to spice things up. It's so boring just having the same bikes at the front all the time. Last year in F1 there was like 8 or 9 different winners and there was so much overtaking it was crazy.

I haven't really bothered with Moto GP in the last few years and all my friends who used to love it have all stopped because it's so boring now.

The only hope for Moto GP is now dead, Marco Sim brought some character back into the racing but sadly now all the front runners like Stoner, Lorenzo, Ped are all boring as ****.


January 24, 2013 10:21 PM

re: "We would like to keep our 'model' for motorcycle control tyres."

of course you do. this parallels how WSBK is a superior business model to MotoGP. rider injuries/fatalities/defections don't sink production ships.

Irideshescreams - Unregistered

January 25, 2013 10:40 AM

Didn't some Italian website report that Pirelli approached Dorna about supplying MotoGP during the last negotiation period and that they were interested?

I can imagine why they didn't get the gig, first of all teams would have to pay for their tires, they currently don't.

All tire manufacturers have their slip-ups, but Pirelli's quality control is definitely the worst of the big 4 companies involved in motorcycle racing at the moment.

I'm also guessing Pirelli's exploits in WSBK must have been on Dorna's mind as well. I personally think a control tire should be a control tire, not here's a few different constructions and you can choose which one suits you best. How do we know Pirelli invests the same investment in tire A (which suits say an Italian moto manufacturer) vs. Tire B or C? They can't and that in itself would cause big problems in the dog-eat-dog GP paddock.

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