Jonathan Rea leads rankings, WSBK heads to Laguna Seca in July
Jonathan Rea and the Kawasaki Racing Team have dominated the first half of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship, to which Pirelli is the sole tire supplier. Rea took home his fourth double at round 7 in Portimão, Portugal; adding to those achieved in Thailand, the Netherlands and Italy. Rea’s results are impressive – he has won 10 out of 14 races and finished second in the top category four times, scoring 330 points overall and leading the championship by 124 points over his nearest opponent, Kawasaki team mate Tom Sykes.
Pirelli has contributed to Rea’s success this year: during the 4th race of the season in Assen, the SC1 compound rear tire and the new T1392 development solution allowed the Kawasaki rider to take home the new circuit record – 1’35.899 – despite the reduced horsepower in the top category compared to last year. At Imola, the Pirelli new soft compound rear tire made its debut and allowed Rea to improve the fastest lap record by over half a second. The previous record dated back to 2013. On the British circuit, Donington Park, Kawasaki celebrated Tom Sykes’s double and Rea’s second place in the Superbike. The Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike rear tire, in SC0 compound, delivered excellent performance: despite the less than ideal asphalt temperatures, this solution allowed the Kawasaki riders to break all the race lap records.