Two possible Pirelli tyre strategies at UK’s longest race circuit

Pirelli are gearing up for the opening round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this weekend (April 8/9/10) at the super-fast Silverstone circuit.

The long, fast and wide Northampton circuit can generates high tyre temperatures even on a cold day. Renowned for its high grip levels, the surface can also wear tyres at some rate.

 Last season's event witnessed a dual tyre strategy with the two available Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike rear tyre compounds. The majority of riders chose the softer (SC0) tyre including double race winner and eventual Champion Josh Brookes, who ran a steady pace, conserving his rubber as best as possible.

Michael Laverty opted for the harder (SC1) compound which saw him circulate quicker towards the end of the race, coming up through the pack for a strong second place at the flag, his best position of the season up to that point. At the front end, most riders use the softer (SC1) tyre but some prefer the feel of the firmer, harder front tyre (SC2) as used by 2015 World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea.

The start of the new season also marks the beginning of Pirelli's new contract with the MCE British Superbike Championship for the period 2016-2020.

Alongside the Superbike class, Pirelli is the sole tyre supplier to the British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 classes and the Ducati TriOptions Cup. Every class uses the latest generation Pirelli DIABLO™ Supercorsa tyres.

Pirelli UK Racing Manager Jason Griffiths commented, "Silverstone is certainly a circuit that provides a challenge with regard to tyre durability. It's likely that we'll encounter cooler track temperatures in line with last week's test at the venue. The SC1 compound rear tyre is better suited to those conditions but does, of course, not offer the same outright grip level as the softer SC0 compound.

"When we last raced at Silverstone in October the conditions meant that the SC1 solution was the correct tyre for the conditions, particularly the second race. The majority of riders opted for the softer SC0 solution and race winner Josh Brookes and the characteristics of the Yamaha were best able to manage the expected drop in performance in the final part of the race. In terms of BSB as a spectacle this season is certainly shaping up to provide some fantastic racing. Let the action begin!"

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Last updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2016