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Pirelli ready for Barcelona challenge: more tires for Moto2 and Moto3

Riders in the intermediate class will also be able to rely on the hardest option, the SC3, for both the rear and front, and those in the cadet class on the SC1096 development rear

Moto2: Pirelli ready for Barcelona challenge: more tires for Moto2 and Moto3

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which will be hosting the Catalan Grand Prix next weekend, is a rather demanding track for tires. It can greatly accentuate wear under certain conditions, since it doesn't offer much grip and due to its layout, especially in the final sector, which is very technical and requires excellent tire management. That's why, compared to the standard 2024 allocation, the Moto2 class will also be able to count on the SC3 (hard) option for both the front (already allocated in the American and French GPs), as well as for the rear, while the Moto3 will have the C1096 (hard) development rear, also already allocated in the two GPs mentioned and in Qatar.

Furthermore, the number of tires available to riders for each compound has also increased in some cases, allowing riders to use more tires, compared to the standard, over the course of the weekend. Specifically, in the Moto2, riders can use one more front tire (9 instead of 8) and one more rear tire (10 instead of 9), for a maximum of 19 slicks, thanks to the presence of the SC3s for front and rear. Instead, they'll be able to use one more rear (10 instead of 9) in the Moto3, due to the presence of the C1096 rear, for a total of maximum 17 slick tires.

"We know the Montmeló circuit well, because we've also been racing there for years with the WorldSBK," Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli's Motorcycle Racing Director, explained. "It's a track that's unpredictable in some ways, with little grip, that can change a lot depending on the asphalt temperatures and that can also prove to be very aggressive on tires, accentuating their wear. That's why, as a precautionary measure, we also preferred to make harder solutions available to the riders, such as the front and rear SC3 for the Moto2, which could prove to be valuable allies. We've also increased the number of pieces available to the riders for each compound and, consequently, the number of tires that, by regulation, they can use over the course of the weekend. This will give teams and riders a wide range of choices and give them more freedom to use the solution they prefer throughout the weekend, without worrying about having enough tires. Regardless of the solutions chosen, this is still a track that needs to be approached intelligently. In view of the race, the search for the best set up and tire management are crucial for success."

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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