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    Default Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Ride Experience

    Italians for sure know how to respect their legacy and heritage. From Ducati naming their superbike - 'Panigale', derived from the Borgo Panigale region where Ducati is based in Italy; to Pirelli prefixing their tyres as 'Rosso', which means 'Red'. This colour has an important role in the history of Italian racing, this was the colour assigned to Italy in the early car races, as was Green to Britain and Silver to France. Eventually the colour coding grew less important, but Italians made sure that whenever the world sees red on an automobile it reminds them of an Italian brand, be it either Ducati or Ferrari, and now even their tyres.

    When Pirelli called me down to Sepang for WSBK, they said I could actually ride on track the very next day of the race! So a horde of journalists descended to watch the races over the weekend. We were thrilled to see Nicky Hayden ride like a god in the wet and lead by a considerable margin at the front in pouring rain. But while ogling at the riders skills in the wet (with the Pirelli rain tyres), we knew we had the next day to ourselves - in the wet. I dont know about others, but I have a serious mental block about riding a bike on the track in rain. I have done more than enough touring in rain and snow on big bikes, but the track is a different ball game altogether. You can sure go slow, but then be ready to slide if you decide to follow that faster rider in front of you. Dial your racer ego to zero and enjoy the ride thats the funda!

    And that is what I did, and boy was I glad. Though it did not rain incessantly as on race day, the track had some very dangerous and big wet patches, especially in the corners. Around five journalists fell, mostly on the S1000RRs, thankfully I was not one of them. They were mostly the fast of the lot.

    Pirelli has done really well on the Rosso III tyres to improve its wet grip and ride ability in low temperatures; however there is only that much that one can do to beat physics!

    What was nice is that they had an assortment of various kinds of motorcycles for us to ride on the track and feel how the tyre responds. I rode the Ducati Hypermotard, Suzuki GSX-S1000, Ducati Monster 1200, Aprilia Tuono, BMW S1000RR K16 - in ascending order of BHP, and let me tell you things got progressively scarier. It was an absolute blast to ride the S1000RR in RACE mode on the track in those conditions. The bike just picks up speeds like no one's business. All the time I was wondering what kind of level do riders like Nicky operate at to ride like that in rain.

    My favourite on track was the Suzuki, while least favourite happened to be the Monster 1200 because of the odd rearset position being very close to the exhausts which prevented me adopting a racing stance on the bike.

    While the S1000RR was scary, the Tuono was fantastic in the way it sounds and how meaty the entire powerband is. Here are a few photos of me negotiating the patchy track with caution.














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    Default Re: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Ride Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny View Post

    Pirelli has done really well on the Rosso III tyres to improve its wet grip and ride ability in low temperatures; however there is only that much that one can do to beat physics!
    How are they compared to Rosso Corsa?

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