There will be a new solution for everyone to get to grips with at Aragon as Pirelli bring development options to Spain
The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship moves from France to Spain and MotorLand Aragon for Round 10 of the 2023 season and tyre supplier Pirelli have unveiled their solutions for the first of the Iberian Peninsula double header. The Tissot Aragon Round will feature the debut of a brand-new soft front tyre as the Italian brand continues to develop and innovate their solutions in WorldSBK, while the development SCQ returns to action after a successful outing at Magny-Cours.
A NEW FRONT SC0: Pirelli continue their evolution
Pirelli’s big news for 2023 was the development of a front soft SC0 compound with the view of making it a standard solution in 2024. The evolution of this new product continues with the C0927 specification which makes its debut at Aragon. Compared to the first iteration of this specification, the new one features the same carcass but a different compound with the aim of increasing grip at the front of the bikes. The grid will also be able to choose the standard SC1 medium compound.
DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS: four rear solutions at Aragon
Like with the front tyre, Pirelli keep developing at their rear too. Riders can choose from four slick tyres across the weekend with two development tyres brought to Aragon. The standard SCX is joined by the B0800 development solution, which debuted at Magny-Cours last year and has been at most rounds in 2023. The other option available throughout all sessions is the standard SC0 soft tyre. For the Tissot Superpole session and Tissot Superpole Race, Pirelli have brought the development SCQ in C0004 specification, which debuted at Misano and was also used at Imola and Magny-Cours.
ONE DEVELOPMENT TYRE IN WorldSSP: three front tyre choices, two rear options
In WorldSSP, teams and riders will have plenty of choices. At the front, the standard SC1 soft and SC1-B, the standard medium from the WorldSBK range, are joined by the B1333 SC1-A development soft that debuted in France. It is designed to provide more consistency over a race distance. At the rear, the standard SCX superspoft is joined by the standard SC0 soft compound to give teams and riders two choices.
PIRELLI’S VIEW: aiming for more grip at the front
Explaining the tyre solutions, Pirelli’s Motorcycle Racing Director, Giorgio Barbier, said: “From a development point of view, in WorldSBK this season. our efforts have concentrated above all on the extra soft rear, the SCQ, and on the brand new soft front, the SC0, which represented an absolute novelty. Until this year, in fact, Pirelli had never developed a tyre in SC0 compound for the front but, with the development carried out on the rear in the direction of softer solutions and the consequent introduction of compounds such as SCX and SCQ into the range, the need quickly emerged to work on a softer alternative for the front too which could offer a greater level of grip to balance that provided at the rear. The first specification we developed, the B1148, gave good results but did not fully satisfy us so we decided to project a new compound, the spec. C0927, which should offer an even better level of grip. We will certainly try it in Aragon and then also in Portimao and at the end of the year we will decide whether to make it a standard solution or whether to continue development next season.”
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