The Superbike World Championship will return to Spain’s Jerez circuit from September 18-20 after summer break. Pirelli plans to add this event to its existing World Superbike sponsorships in Malaysia and Qatar. The tyre supplier will also introduce new tyre products to its range in Jerez. This season’s 11th round is also renamed as “Pirelli Spanish Round”.
Currently, Jonathan Rea leads the championship standings with 452 points which places him 144 points higher than his closest rival Chaz Davies. However, the riders still have three rounds in this season, meaning that 150 points are still up for grabs. In the constructors’ championship, Kawasaki is ahead of Ducati by 112 points. In the final stages of the season, Pirelli is still working on developing tyres and is already preparing for the 2016 season.
For the superbike category, Pirelli wants to introduce tyres that were previously tested in Portimao for the remaining 2015 season. The overall feedback from the test riders was positive while testing. In the supersport category, Pirelli has offered two new solutions in the larger 190/60 tyre size. The company said that Jerez has proved to be an excellent testing ground for the tyre before the challenging Phillip island race in Australia. Supposedly, the Jerez circuit is the ideal testing ground for the tyres since it puts balanced stress on the tyre patch between left and right tyre shoulder.
Some of the other factors that affect the front tyres include undulations in asphalt. The front tyres also need to deliver stability under braking. The tyres need to cope up with the rough track surface and also need to be properly oriented in the fast corners.
Each rider gets 64 tyres to choose from during the race weekend – 35 front and 29 rear tyres. However, as per the rule, each rider may use only 24 tyres over the entire race weekend.