ASBK: Pirelli’s fight in Superbikes

Phil Czaj is competing on Pirellis this year in ASBK
Phil Czaj is competing on Pirellis this year in ASBK

Pirelli is a main-stay of motorcycle racing and has been a major part of the Australian Superbike Championship for the last few seasons.  They have stayed with the Championship through the good times and the bad, and as the ASBK enters a new phase, the Italian brand is back – and racing at the front.

Don Nicholas, Product Manager for Pirelli Moto Link International in Australia joined us for a chat at Round 2 of the ASBK from Morgan Park to discuss the processes, the challenges that Pirelli have when racing in a series like the ASBK and why they chose to commit to the Series again in 2015.

One interesting change to the series this year is that there is no control tyre – with tyre competition opening up, meaning that didn’t have it their own way.  Pirelli had to deal with the likes of Dunlop at Morgan Park but would come out on top in both of the Superbike races courtesy of Mike Jones.

The challenge of Morgan Park was heightened insofar that it was first time that the Championship had visited the Queensland track, meaning that there would be no data for most of the teams, and that Pirelli wouldn’t have previous experience with the powerful Superbike machines – though they would have some information from previous track day clients.

We also chat to Phil Czaj who, on the Aprilia, is a Pirelli supported rider and he tells us about some the challenges he faces and how Pirelli has helped him come to grips with the track.

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Mike Jones dominated the ASBK at Morgan Park on Pirelli
Mike Jones dominated the ASBK at Morgan Park on Pirelli

By Sam Tickell, April 2015

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