Pirelli In World Superbike | By the Numbers

8 Years Pirelli has been the exclusive tire supplier to the World Superbike Championship
16 Years SBK ran without a “spec” tire
2 Tire brands that previously participated: Dunlop, Michelin
4 SBK classes for which Pirelli provides tires: Superbike, Supersport, Superstock 600, 1000
7 Manufacturers currently involved in SBK: Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha
4 Manufacturers no longer involved in SBK: Benelli, Bimota, MV Agusta, Petronas
5000 Tires transported to each SBK round
40,000 Tires transported over the full SBK season
25 Maximum tires a racer can use per weekend
12 Different tires available per weekend
40-60 Different tire “solutions” tested per year
8 Pirelli SBK service vehicles
30 Pirelli SBK staff
500 Pirelli motorcycle staff
20,000 Pirelli worldwide staff
2 Metzeler/Pirelli factories: in Germany, Brazil
2 Motorcycle tires produced annually in millions
14 Total tires produced annually in millions
129 Age of Pirelli Tyre SpA in years
.8 Average fraction-of-a-second improvement in lap times from year to year
16.5 Diameter of Superbike wheels in inches
2 Number of qualifying tires issued to each of the 20 Superpole competitors
**77 ** Track-temperature differential in degrees between Donington Park and Phillip Island
28 Pirelli patents derived from SBK racing
7 National motorcycle racing series for which Pirelli is the spec tire supplier
1 Years Pirelli has been the spec tire supplier for Formula 1
30 Number of minutes drive time from Pirelli’s Milan headquarters to Monza
2 Number of compounds used per tire at Monza, due to the many right-hand bends
206 Top speed in mph of Max Biaggi’s Aprilia RSV4 at this year’s Monza SBK round
**150 ** Years of Italian unity, honored by tricolore stripes on the qualifying tires used at Monza