Roberto Righi, Executive Vice President Commercial Replacement, Moto & Velo and Region Emea for Pirelli, also celebrated the extension: “Motorsport is historically an important part of our company’s DNA and that between Pirelli and the FIM Superbike World Championship represents without no doubt one of the collaborations of greater longevity and success in the history of motorsport. This renewal offers continuity to our corporate strategy, which in recent years has allowed Pirelli to establish itself as an absolute reference in the segment of racing for supersport tyres and beyond. With this agreement, Pirelli also secures its confidence and trust of Dorna, organizer and promoter of the Championship, being sure that together we will be able to continue to offer and grow a world-class series that will meet the favours of riders, teams and of course motorcycle manufacturers which, like Pirelli, will continue to recognise in the Championship an excellent platform to develop and promote their products.”
Giorgio Barbier, Director of Sport Activities of Pirelli’s Motorcycle Business Unit said: “I have been following this Championship for Pirelli since the beginning of our adventure as a Single Tyre Supplier for all classes, and I am naturally satisfied with this renewal because it will allow us to continue working to offer riders, as well as all motorcyclists in the world, the best performance that can be found in motorcycle racing tyres. Starting next year, with the switch to slick tyres for all classes, we will see further significant performance improvements. In particular, the WorldSSP class will certainly benefit from changes in front profile, compounds and structure, while the new 190/60 rear size will bring the class to the performance of the superbikes of a few years ago. As for the WorldSSP300, the use of slick tyres will help not to trigger ‘tearing’ in historically colder morning sessions thanks also to the development of a dedicated SC2 rear compound that will be alternated with the SC1”.
Marc Saurina, WorldSBK Executive Director, Commercial, Marketing & Media said about the announcement: “Having Pirelli on board until 2023 is brilliant news for the Championship, and to reach the milestone of the longest running sole tyre supplier really shows this strong and solid relationship we have, as 2023 will see the 20th season of this successful partnership. Providing the entirety of the WorldSBK paddock with Pirelli tyres, and continuing to see the development at the forefront of tyre technology, is really something I and we all welcome, I look forward to our future together.”