WorldSBK Catalunya: Pirelli to bring front ‘qualifying’ tyre

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Pirelli has decided to employ a new SC1 front tyre at this weekend’s Catalunya WorldSBK round that can only be used in qualfying and the Superpole race.

The SC1 in B0570 specification was tested for the first time by the riders of the official teams in Barcelona last month and then debuted in the race at Magny-Cours.

But being a particularly soft compound, Pirelli has decided that it can only be used for qualifying and Superpole Race, effectively assigning it the role of an SCQ but for the front.

“The Barcelona circuit is quite demanding for tyres, we noticed that also in the private tests carried out in August. Its layout makes it a perfect proving ground because it offers a bit of everything, especially in the final sector which is very technical and where it is important to better manage the tyres,” said Pirelli head cheese Giorgio Barbier.

“It is therefore the right location to check the latest development solutions that we have brought to the previous rounds in order to test their strengths and limits.

“We already know, having tested it in August, that the new B0570 front solution is too soft to be used in long races on this track, nevertheless we have decided to make it available to the riders for qualifying and possibly also for the Superpole Race by assigning it, on this occasion, a role as a front SCQ.

“At the end of the round we will certainly have collected useful data on the behavior of our tyres in challenging conditions such as those presented by this track.”