Pirelli to introduce new SCQ variant at Misano WorldSBK

A new version of the SCQ tyre aimed at lasting race-distance in the 10-lap WorldSBK Superpole race will be introduced by Pirelli this weekend.

Pirelli SCQ

Pirelli will bring a new version of its SCQ tyre to the WorldSBK round in Misano this weekend.

The new SCQ tyre (coded C004) will make its WorldSBK debut this weekend in Misano, which will host the fifth round of the 2023 WorldSBK season.

The goal of the new tyre, Pirelli says, is to increase the duration of the tyre compared to the previous specifications. Ultimately, the intent is for this tyre to become an option for the 10-lap Superpole Race, whereas before its use has been generally confined to Superpole.

The Superbike riders will also have the option of the SCX-A tyre, which debuted at the first European round of the series in Assen as a development variant of the standard SCX tyre. (The standard SCX will also be in Assen, as will the SC0, the hardest available compound.)

In the World Supersport 300 class, a new tyre will be made available this weekend which is constructed using renewable materials. The plan for the introduction of this tyre for WorldSSP300 in Misano was announced before the season.

Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Motorcycle Racing Manager, said: “In the first rounds of the season, both in WorldSBK and WorldSSP, we concentrated our development activity on the front range, with the introduction of the soft SC0 for the riders of the premier class and with the comparison between the standard and the larger sizes in Supersport. This work will also continue at Misano but now it's time to focus on the rears as well, in particular on the SCQ solution. 

“The current standard extra soft guarantees a very good peak performance and therefore it perfectly fulfills its role as a qualifier tyre. The goal we have set ourselves is to allow it to be used also in the Superpole Race, which in some cases already happens. 

“With the new development solution, we want to guarantee this tyre a greater performance consistency and therefore a higher mileage so as to make it a key choice for the 10 laps of the short race on all circuits. In WorldSSP300 we have decided to introduce a new development set that uses some innovative materials.”

The fifth round of the 2023 Superbike World Championship will take place this weekend (2-4 June) at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on the Italian Riviera.

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