BSB: Pirelli to remain as sole tyre supplier for a further five years
Pirelli will continue as the sole tyre supplier of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for the next five seasons.
The tyre company has agreed a new five-year contract with series promoters MSVR and will continue its role as sole tyre supplier which began in 2008 as part of the introduction of the controlled tyre ruling.
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Pirelli will once again provide the Diablo Superbike Slick tyres for use in the blue riband Superbike races (and British GP2 class) and treaded Diablo Supercorsa SC for the British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock and Junior Superstock, Ducati TriOptions Cup and Junior Supersport classes.
Every BSB round necessitates 4000 tyres being taken to cover dry, wet and intermediate conditions for each of the seven classes. A dedicated team of 12 tyre fitters service the teams’ requirements, out of four articulated trucks within the Pirelli service area.
Pirelli has also been retained as the title sponsor of the Superstock and Junior Superstock classes.
“We are very pleased to confirm the extension of Pirelli as the Sole Tyre Supplier and Presenting Sponsor, as we look to provide continuity and consistency for our dedicated teams," series director Stuart Higgs commented. We’ve had an extremely strong relationship with Pirelli since 2008 and appreciate their efforts in supplying tyres that allow the riders to push for strong lap times until the chequered flag across all of our varied classes."
In addition to the deal with MSVR, Pirelli has confirmed the appointment of Protyre Motorsport as Tyre Service Partner in the BSB paddock. The two companies have a long-standing relationship in supplying tyres for four-wheel racing activities, including events such as British GT, British F3, GT Cup and the Gulf 12hr Race, Protyre, is part of The Micheldever Group, the fastest growing wholesaler, distributor and retailer of tyres in the UK, selling over six million bike and car tyres annually.
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship continues to go from strength to strength and the way in which they overcame the significant challenges of 2020 was particularly impressive, so it is with great pleasure that we continue our relationship with the series," Jim Worland, Director of Pirelli Moto UK, added.
"We’ve been working with the organisers, teams and riders alongside our World Superbike development structure since 2008 and are looking to strengthen that process further. In Protyre, we have a partner that may be new to the BSB paddock but who are renowned in our four-wheel motorsport operations. We will be looking to take our level of logistics and service to another level.”
The 2021 season is due to begin at Oulton Park (May 29-31) and will comprise of an 11-round, 33-race calendar.