After completing successful testing in Portugal last month, Pirelli has made the decision to introduce a new Diablo Slick ‘SCX’ solution for the tenth round of the World SBK championship which takes place at Portimao this weekend.
Underscoring Pirelli’s commitment to continuous development, the new SCX Y0781 tyre intended for use in qualifying will be included in the Italian firm’s tyre allocation alongside a number of other development compounds intended for use during the race itself.
This latest SCX specification tyre combines a re-inforced carcass structure with an extremely soft, high performance compound designed to give ultimate outright performance during the all-important qualifying sessions where, unlike on race day, managing your tyres performance for 20+ laps isn’t a consideration.
Portimao is a firm favourite with fans and riders, and as a circuit it really does offer a bit of everything, with huge changes in elevation, fast, sweeping bendsand a number of blind entry corners.
According to Pirelli, the most challenging section of the circuit for them is the the final corner which sees the superbikes go from 150kph to 250kph at a lean angle of around 50 degrees. This causes a huge increase in temperature on the right hand side of the tyre, which must withstand the huge amounts of heat generated while remaining stable to give the riders to confidence to push on into the start-finish straight.
Last season Jonathan Rea did the double in the Algarve, as he was joined on the podium by Marco Melandri and Michael van der Mark. The Kawasaki man, and current championship leader will no doubt be hoping for a similar performance this weekend to increase his 81 point advantage over Alvaro Bautista on the Ducati.