Pirelli have confirmed they will continue to supply tyres for the FIM World Superbike Championship until 2015. The agreement will also include the exclusive supply of tyres for the FIM Supersport World Championship, the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup and the UEM Superstock 600 European Championship.
The announcement means good news for the British Championship which will continue to utilise the latest development of Pirelli Diablo tyres for the same period. The recent collaboration between the two series has seen an unprecedented number of British riders competing on the world stage, with seven lining up for their home event at Silverstone this weekend.
Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports has welcomed the news which he hopes will signal the continued growth of the World Superbike Championship.
We are delighted to be able to renew the contract with Pirelli until the completion of the 2015 season. Eight years of working together have provided results that go way beyond our highest expectations. Once again we can count on a tyre 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.”
Uberto Thun, Managing Director of the Motorcycle Division for Pirelli Tyres hopes to see the continued collaboration bear fruit on and off the race track.
“Pirelli is very happy to be chosen again as Official Tyre Supplier to World Superbike, the production-based world racing series which remains close to passionate fans. Our Diablo tyres' performance and quality were key elements in helping Infront to again select us. This new contract confirms our dedication to WSBK, to the sport's competitiveness, and to a flexible but continued tyre development guaranteeing the best racing tyres are made available.”