Tyre troubles force in-depth investigation & new rubber
Despite the Italian tyre manufacturer’s recent problems, Pirelli have earned a reputation for producing safe and secure tyres ever since they took over as controlled tyre supplier in 2003.
But recently there have been a sudden spike in incidents to contend with - even on the standard SC0, which has been around for a long time as a trusted option.
And after these latest two high profile problems Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Moto Sports Activities Director, confirmed that different tyres would now be shipped to America for the eighth round of the series at Laguna Seca on July 8-9.
Firstly, race one. “Just a few hours after the race, the elements we have available are obviously not enough to allow us to provide a structured and complete explanation of what happened to Michael Van Der Mark’s rear tyre. On-site, the only thing we can do, and we have done it, is an analysis with the naked eye.
“From this analysis, which we shared with Yamaha, we found that there is a hole on the left side of the tyre. This is completely different damage from what was found on Jonathan Rea’s tyre, with it being understood that these are also two different solutions.
“It is obviously of primary interest to us to understand what caused this damage to the tyre, so over the coming hours and days we will be conducting the appropriate in-depth investigations in our laboratories.”
After Torres’ problem, he stated: “Our laboratories in Milan are already at work. Given the complexity of this analysis, a few days will be required to obtain results. In the meantime, until we have clarified and resolved the nature of the problem, we assure you that for the next FIM World Superbike Championship round scheduled to be held in Laguna Seca, we will use solutions that have already been used in the past with complete success.”