Pirelli was formed in Italy in 1872 by Giovanni Battista Pirelli. Their first two-wheeler tyre was produced in 1894. They produced the first motorcycle radial tyre in 1984.
It’s fair to say that most bikers associate Pirelli with motorsport. They are a dominant player in World Superbikes, British Superbikes and other domestic production-based motorcycle racing championships.
While the racing arena is a great proving ground for future technology, Pirelli don’t just make tyres for the track. The Angel GT and now GT2 range are highly regarded touring tyres, that deliver grip, stability and fast warm-up, coupled with good wear rates.
For Adventure bike riders, the MT60, Scorpion Trail and Scorpion Rally are well-liked for their ability to deal with mixed conditions.
Pirelli are OE fitment on Ducati sportsbikes. The Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 is the tyre that Ducati’s new V4 Panigale comes with as standard. When it comes to grip and ultimate one-lap performance, Pirelli’s sports tyres are second to none.