WSBK » Pirelli: Time is right for 17-inch tyre switch

Ten years after it was first discussed, Pirelli says the World Superbike Championship is now ready for the move to larger 17" inch tyres.

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January 30, 2013 12:47 PM

With luck we are seeing a slow swing toward new thinking that is long overdue. Lapping faster & faster has meant more sanitised tracks as the safety tries to keep up.

F1 has seen the light. Tyres are now being developed with a new focus - make them harder for the teams and drivers to optimise, to make the racing more intersteing and foster more overtaking etc. Note NOT worried about the lap time, worry about the RACING.

Bike racing needs to do this too. Both MotoGP and WSBK should forget the Tech & Tyres that makes the lap easier and faster as it wrecks the racing.
Keep the machinery close and competitive with the rules, drop rev limits to make exotic tech superfluous, forget the lap time and focus on the RACING. Everyone wins (except factories buying trophies)

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