BSB Donington: Showdown top three visit Pirelli Performance Centre

Jason O'Halloran, Tarran Mackenzie and Tommy Bridewell at the Pirelli Performance Centre
Jason O'Halloran, Tarran Mackenzie and Tommy Bridewell at the Pirelli Performance Centre

The top three riders in the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship visited the Pirelli Performance Centre, in Burton-on-Trent, ahead of the penultimate round of the year at Donington Park.

Championship leader Tarran Mackenzie was joined by fellow title contenders Jason O’Halloran and Tommy Bridewell at the state-of-the-art facility. The three riders are covered by just nine points, with only six races remaining in 2021.

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Mackenzie took control of the championship at Oulton Park last weekend, whilst McAMS Yamaha teammate, and former runaway championship leader, O’Halloran crashed out in two of the three races. Bridewell stormed to victory in race two and three, whilst Mackenzie won race one on Saturday afternoon.

The riders, as well as members of the McAMS Yamaha and Oxford Products Racing Ducati teams, were also joined by the BSB BMW M2 safety car, which uses Pirelli P Zero tyres, and given a full run down of the processes which occur at the site. The riders and crew chiefs also took part in the Batak challenge to test their reaction times.

“Today was a great opportunity to bring the world of British Superbikes and the Pirelli Performance Centre concept together ahead of this partnered round at Donington Park,” Pirelli Moto UK Director Jim Worland said. “As usual the riders were on great form despite the immense pressure they must be feeling as we reach the closing stages of one of the most dramatic ever BSB seasons!”

Pirelli Performance Centres are formed from a network of carefully selected audited tyre dealers and focus on providing customers with the highest levels of technical proficiency and retail service. First launched in 1998 with the objective of reflecting Pirelli’s premium position in the market, the network now has 138 depots across the UK. The Burton-on-Trent Pirelli Performance Centre neighbours the Pirelli UK head office.

“It was a pleasure for us to host these BSB riders and their team members ahead of this weekend’s Pirelli Performance Centre British Superbike Round,” Pirelli Performance Centre Branch Manager, Gareth Williams added. “It was great to be able to showcase our high technical levels and commitment to service at our centre, particularly as we now offer Motorcycle tyres with fitment for most products. We wish everyone the best of luck as they head to Donington Park!”

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