October 27, 2014 – After the Malaysian round, Pirelli will also be the Event Main Sponsor of the grand finale of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship which will be held next weekend in Qatar at the Losail International Circuit, Doha. The last round of the season will take the official name - #Pirelli Qatar Round.
"We are pleased that this year #Dorna has managed to bring the Superbike World Championship to Qatar and Malaysia, two overseas rounds which are very important to us, which is why we decided to be the Event Main Sponsor" said Pirelli Moto Racing Director Giorgio Barbier, adding "As Malaysia is an important stage to increase our brand awareness in Southeast Asia, Qatar is a springboard to the Middle East. In this sense, Pirelli welcomes very willingly the efforts that Dorna has undertaken this year in structuring an even more international calendar, and that next year we hope it will be even more full of events and optimised in terms of dates."
For this event Pirelli will bring a total of 3101 tyres that will be made available to the Superbike and Supersport riders, the only two classes that are required to run in Qatar. Both the Superbike World Championship and Pirelli have been to Losail circuit before but not for four years. The production machine based series attended the track for five consecutive years, from 2005 to 2009. The novelty lies in the fact that for the first time the Superbike World Championship will take place at night thanks to the efficient artificial lighting system which is fitted to the Qatari circuit.
As the Supersport, Superstock 1000, Superstock 600 and European Junior Cup titles have already been assigned, the final round will be a stage dedicated entirely to the premier class which will be supported by the Supersport World Championship and the Qatar Superbike series.
The two riders who are competing for the title of 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Champion: Tom Sykes riding his Kawasaki ZX-10R and Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli on the RSV4 Factory. The Englishman comes to the starting grid with a lead of 12 points on the Frenchman and has to manage the advantage to win the title. For his part Guintoli has undergone a series of excellent performances having reached the second step of the podium six times in the last eight races with one race win, proving regularly to have an Aprilia that, at least in the last few rounds, seems to have become the bike to beat. This is also shown by the ranking of the Manufacturers' Championship that sees the Noale company in the lead, 23 points ahead of the Akashi giant.
Pirelli solutions for Superbike and Supersport classes:
Pirelli will be bringing 3101 tyres to Losail for the fifth round of the eni FIM World Superbike Championship. The reason for this quantity, which is less than what is usually brought to other European races, is that only the Superbike and Supersport classes will be competing at the Qatari circuit. Specifically, compared to the total number of tyres brought by Pirelli, 1751 will be reserved for the Superbike class and 1350 will be for Supersport. Each Superbike rider will have 33 front and 34 rear tyres to choose from, whereas the Supersport riders will have 25 front and 25 rear tyres.
In detail, for the Superbike class the Italian manufacturer will bring 3 different slick solutions for the front and 3 for the rear, in addition to the rear qualifier and the intermediate solutions, with 3 available for the front and as many for the rear, plus 8 wet tyres for the front and 8 for the rear.
The choice of slicks for the front anticipates one SC1 soft compound solution and two medium compound SC2 options. The SC1 will be the S1699, a development solution that provides greater support in the approach to the curves in favour of better steering precision and successfully debuted at Aragón only to be the most popular solution at Assen, Imola, Donington, Misano , Portimão, Laguna Seca, Jerez and Magny-Cours.
Regarding the SC2, there will be the standard one, optimal for high external temperatures because it guarantees stiffness in the tread band, and the T0020, which uses a compound that in hardness is positioned halfway between the SC1 and the SC2. The latter has so far only been brought to the Imola tests as well as Jerez and Misano rounds, and should provide more grip than the standard SC2 and higher robustness compared to the SC1.
At the rear, two SC0 and one SC1 choices will be brought. The standard SC0, offers maximum tread contact on smooth asphalt and maximum traction at high temperatures as well as higher resistance to thermal performance decay. The SC0 T0722, which until Magny-Cours was only available to Superbike riders and which debuted at Misano as the first SC0 solution dedicated exclusively to the Superbike class.
The SC1 available to the riders will be the S1185 specification, which is also initially available only for the Superbike riders and starting from Portimão also available to EVO riders.
For Superpole on Saturday a super soft tyre will be available as always in order to allow the riders to obtain the best possible times for grid placement.
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