Jun 28, 2002
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From a press release:<BR><BR>Pirelli's Resurgent Road Racing Presence Continues:<BR><BR>FOLLOWING PODIUM SWEEPS IN SIX ISLE OF MAN TTs,<BR>PIRELLI TIRES REGAIN WORLD SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH DRAMATIC WIN AT MISANO<BR><BR>(Rome, GA) With Honda's Fabien Foret again at the helm, Pirelli's DOT Supercorsa race radials re-took the 2002 World Supersport Championship points lead with their third win of the season, at Misano in Italy.<BR><BR>The Pirelli victory was made more meaningful because blistering heat, coupled with a ferocious race pace that saw no fewer than six lead changes and multiple crashes, exacted a heavy toll on tires (prompting the winner to make more than one reference to his Pirellis' performance). The Misano win was sweet revenge for Honda and Foret, who also won the last race in Lausitzring, but who were later disqualified. Misano was also Foret's fourth pole position of the eight rounds thus far.<BR><BR>Pirelli's latest victory comes hot on the heels of its near record-breaking domination of the recently-completed 2002 Isle of Man competition, in which Pirelli-mounted riders swept the podium in six major TTs. On the bikes of such IOM luminaries as David Jeffries, Ian Lougher, John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey and Jim Moodie, Pirelli slicks and DOT Supercorsa radials swept first, second and third places in the Senior TT, Formula 1 TT, 600cc Production TT, 1,000cc Production TT, 600cc Junior TT, and 400cc Lightweight TT.<BR><BR>The Italian tire company's resurgence in road racing was also amplified by its shattering of three IOM lap records. Jeffries, the reigning TT master, crushed his own Senior TT lap record by a staggering 21.6 seconds and his outright lap record by over 5 seconds. In the 600cc <BR>Production TT, Jeffries' TAS Suzuki teammate, Ian Lougher set a new class lap record of 120.25 mph.<BR><BR>Pirelli's 2002 racing accomplishments are attracting a fair share of attention on this side of the Atlantic as well. Lee Acree and his Supercorsa-equipped Arclight Suzuki currently hold an 11-point championship lead in AMA Superstock a series in which the company is not even officially participating. And Pirelli leads both Formula USA's Pro Sportbike and Buell Lightning championship points with Michael Barnes.<BR><BR>For what it's worth to pavement people, Pirelli also currently holds all three of the top World Motocross championship points positions in both the 250cc and 500cc classes, with current champions Mickael Pichon leading 250cc and Stefan Everts the 500cc class, after seven of 12 rounds.<BR><BR>For complete information on the entire line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, ask your dealer to contact Parts Unlimited, or the company directly at its new North American address: PIRELLI MOTORCYCLE TIRE DIVISION, P.O. Box 700, Rome, GA, 30162-7000. Main Phone: (706) 368-5826; Fax: (706) 368-5832.