Tyre trou­bles force in-depth in­ves­ti­ga­tion & new rub­ber

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.