Pirelli has revealed its new superbike slicks for small-displacement bikes, which have been developed as part of the World Supersport Championship.
Admittedly, it’s not too much of a surprise that Pirelli decided to get into the small-displacement consumer market, particularly considering the Italian tyre specialist was the official partner for the World Supersport 300 Championship last year. And of course, there’s a growing contingent of small sportbike rider in emerging markets, who would love the opportunity to get their hands on a set of serious rubber.
The new Pirelli tyres come in special sizes for this class, with the front sized at 110/70-17, and the rear in 140/70-17 – with both tyres only available in Pirelli’s SC1 (soft) compound. According to Pirelli, the front tyre has been designed for improved handling and grip, while the rear will continue to have the same feel as the current Diablo Supercorsa tyre.
Oscar Solis, Road Racing Manager for Pirelli, said: “Pirelli’s racing team has been working hard to develop sizing dedicated to smaller displacement sportbike racing. Throughout the past several years the 300cc and 400cc sportbike popularity has continued to trend upwards, generating interest as an entry-level racing class and for younger riders that are looking to move up through the ranks. Our testing was extremely positive and we have designed a product to meet the needs and expectations of all skill levels on the racetrack.”
The new Diable Superbike tyres should be arrive in time for this year’s road racing season, but for more information, click HERE.