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Jul 21, 2016

Knapp Earns Bounty From Pirelli For Setting New Lap Record At Pittsburgh International Race Complex

Taylor Knapp (48). Photo courtesy of Pirelli.

Pirelli Captures Another Motorcycle Track Record With Taylor Knapp at Pittsburgh International Raceway Complex

Knapp Earns Pirelli’s Fourth Bounty of the Season Aboard his Yamaha R1 Equipped with DIABLO™ Superbike Tires

ROME, Ga. (July 21, 2016) – The successful season continued for Pirelli as Witchkraft Racing/Honda East Toledo’s Taylor Knapp set a new motorcycle track record during the WERA Series this past weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway Complex on July 16-17. Knapp’s incredible feat helped Pirelli clinch its fourth track bounty of the 2016 season, ultimately proving that the Italian manufacturer is the number one tire of choice for competitive racers looking for that extra edge on their competition. The Yamaha R1 used by Knapp was outfitted with Pirelli’s DIABLO™ Superbike SC2 front and SC1 rear slicks.

“The weekend could not have gone any better between winning the 4-hour endurance race and new motorcycle track record,” said Jeff Johnston, Pirelli Road Racing Manager, NAFTA. “Taylor proved that Pirelli offers a variety of compounds and all are more than capable of a track record in the right conditions.”

Despite beginning the A Superstock Expert Class race in eighth place, Knapp went on a tear by quickly carving his way past riders to clinch the all-new motorcycle track record of 143.264 on the fifth lap. Once into the lead, there was no looking back for the No.44 as he took the win in convincing fashion.

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Founded in 1872, Pirelli is among the largest global tire makers, and focuses its business on the high end, premium product segment where it is a world leader. Present in over 160 countries, Pirelli has 22 manufacturing sites and employs approximately 38,000 people around the world. Successfully competing in motorsports since 1907, Pirelli is currently the exclusive supplier of the Formula 1 championship, the Superbike world championship, and many other championships around the world.

Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) member countries through its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico and its New York City, Montreal and Mexico City sales and marketing offices. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications (US, CA, MX) and Agro/Heavy Truck platforms (MX).

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