Pirelli will bring two development front tires to Assen W…

This weekend, the Superbike World Championship will travel to the Netherlands, and to the legendary circuit of Assen, for the second round of 2022.

The first round of the year at MotorLand Aragon saw Alvaro Bautista win the sprint and main race two on his return to Aruba.it Ducati, while Jonathan Rea won race one and finished second to Bautista in both races of the Sunday. Defending world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu finished third in every race in the season opener.

Aragon’s results mean Bautista arrives in the Netherlands with the championship lead. He hasn’t been in that position since the Donington round of the 2019 season, after which his and Ducati’s title challenge continued to evaporate.

Since Bautista’s last stint with Ducati, Pirelli have changed their rear tires significantly in WorldSBK. In 2020, the Italian marque brought the SCX rear tire which, although designed for 10-lap Superpole races on Sunday mornings, has been able to be optimized by teams over a full race distance over the past 18 or so months. For 2022, Pirelli has gotten rid of the old qualifying tire and replaced it with the SCQ, designed for both Superpole and Superpole Race.

Now for Assen, Pirelli is bringing new options up front as they continue to try to improve the options they offer WorldSBK riders.

In addition to a standard front tire – the SC1 soft compound – Pirelli brings two development tires to the Netherlands. The first – coded A0674 – was also present in Aragon, as well as in Jerez and Portimao last year, and aims to provide additional support on corner entry and mid-corner.

The second development front tire – coded A0843 – will make its race weekend debut at Assen and uses the same construction as the A0674. However, the A0843 uses a different tread design than the A0674, which is designed to “provide better mechanical resistance and better wear protection on demanding circuits like this”, according to Pirelli.

Assen is one of the trickiest circuits on the front tyre, as it needs to provide confidence in high and low speed corners, while giving good feel in quick direction changes.

For the rear tires this weekend, the only development option is the SCQ, while the SC1 and SCX options will be the “standard” versions of these tires which were used throughout last season, as well as in Aragón.

There is also a development front rain tire (A0593), which is the same one used “by many riders”, according to Pirelli, last year at Donington.

Despite the snow that was present in Assen in 2019, Pirelli did not note the addition of a studded tire to this year’s allocation.

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