Pirelli celebrates a successful 2014 road racing season in North America with new track records and numerous club championship titles
Rome, Georgia – Pirelli’s innovative DIABLO™ motorcycle tire range has propelled riders and teams to victory across multiple classes and events in the North American 2014 Roadracing season – testament to Pirelli’s strong motorsports heritage and winning tradition on the elite world competition stage, and its growth in North America.
As sole supplier to the eni FIM World Superbike series since 2004, Pirelli’s ongoing development of its DIABLO™ Superbike tire range is renowned. In 2014, the new 17 inch DIABLO Superbike tires showed excellent performance with the new qualifying tire added, achieving vastly improved lap times and records. This reflects Pirelli’s goal to transfer the innovation from WSBK to all motorcyclists, who can buy and ride the same tires as the professional riders.
Pirelli‘s standout 2014 season highlights include:
Pirelli sets 3 absolute motorcycle track records
Rob Christman, the Sol Performance backed rider, used Pirelli’s World Superbike developed DIABLO™ slicks to set 2 new absolute motorcycle track records during the MRA Colorado based Roadracing series races
On June 22, Christman set a flying new track record of 1:29.200 at the Pueblo Motorsports Park;
On August 10 he set another new motorcycle track record of 1:12.099 at the High Plains Raceway North course
On September 14, CT Racing backed Devon McDonough used the World Superbike slicks to set the new absolute motorcycle track record of 1:05.398 at Portland International Raceway at an OMMRA series Oregon based race.
Pirelli riders grab 7 overall 2014 club championships; will ride with #1 plates in 2015
For the California based AFM series, Chris Siglin clinched the overall championship and will ride with the #1 plate in 2015
Bill McCoy will have the #1 plate for the 2015 CVMA series in southern California
Oleg Pianynk secured #1 plate for the 2015 Masters of the Mountain series in Utah
In the Northwest, two Pirelli equipped riders clinched overall championships– Ryan Sutton will carry the #1 plate in 2015 for the Washington based WMRRA series, and Devon McDonough in the Oregon based OMRRA series
In Texas, SCRC rider Brandon Cleland clinched the overall championship in the CMRA race series and will wear the club’s #1 plate in 2015.
Pirelli wins Daytona Race of Champions ASRA Sportbike race for 2nd year running
Orion M/S and Farrell Performance backed Jason Farrell won the hotly contested ASRA Sportbike at Daytona. Farrell fitted a new “Daytona” spec Diablo Supercorsa 190/60ZR17 DOT race tire. “Pirelli is working hard each and every year to find new tires for the unique needs of racing on the Daytona high banks,” stated Farrell during the event.
Pirelli riders win multiple races at the WERA GNF finals at Barber Motorsports Park
Orion M/S and Podium backed riders won key races at the WERA GNF. Brandon Cleland recorded wins in the 600 Superbike and 750 Superstock expert races, while Devon McDonough won the 600 Superstock, C Superstock, B Superbike, and B Superstock expert races. Taylor Knapp won the Open Superstock and WERA Superbike expert races on the KWS backed ZX10 Kawasaki.
Pirelli dominates the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb motorcycle division for the third year in a row – taking victory and 3 of the 4 top times
Kawasaki sponsored rider Jeremy Toye, a first timer to this prestigious event, used Pirelli’s latest World Superbike developed slicks – readily available to any North American racer – to set the fastest motorcycle lap time up the mountain. The Pirelli and CT Racing backed rider stormed up the 12.42 mile mountain circuit in 9:58.687, finishing 7th overall behind a group of six highly modified purpose built race cars.
For Team Spider Grips Ducati, Don Canet took 3rd place at Pike’s Peak with a 10:10.1 at 70.81mph and teammate Micky Dymond close behind in 4th with a 10.11.3 at 70.81mph. Riding a matching pair of 2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, the team chose to use Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike wet (intermediate) front and Superbike slick rear.
Pirelli at Pike’s Peak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLw9ZJ2zyng&feature=youtu.be
“A big thanks to all of our teams and riders for a great 2014 season. These victories, across so many series, championships, and classes really highlight the technology and flexibility available from our Pirelli road race tires,” says Jeff Johnston, Pirelli Moto Roadrace & Product Manager – NAFTA.