ROME, Ga. (January 24, 2018) – Pirelli Tire North America began the new year on a tear as the brand captured its first track record bounty of the 2018 season with ADR Motorsports rider David Anthony at Round 4 of the Chuckwalla Valley Race Association’s (CVMA) race series in Desert Center, California on Sunday, January 21. Temperatures hovered in the mid-60’s throughout the weekend, but that proved to be no challenge for Anthony and his Pirelli DIABLO™ SUPERBIKE slicks as they quickly acclimated to race temperature around the 17-turn and 2.68 mile road course.

“The main purpose of this weekend was testing, and we received very positive feedback from the riders on the track,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “Aussie Dave [David Anthony] was able to capture the absolute motorcycle track record on standard DIABLO SUPERBIKE slicks. He used a standard SC2 on the front and a SC0 on the rear. The weather was slightly on the cooler side [64 degrees] when he set the new record lap, which further confirms the performance and quality of Pirelli’s racing slicks in all conditions. Everyone at Pirelli would like to congratulate him for his hard work!”

Anthony piloted a Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R, using a DIABLO SUPERBIKE SC2 slick on the front tire, while opting for the SC0 compound on the rear. The Australian set the new absolute motorcycle track record of 1:45.910 during the Formula Open class, eclipsing the previous class best of 1:46.400 and absolute track record of 1:46.152. He would go on to take a convincing win in the race over his nearest Formula Open class competitor.

“Pirelli has been very supportive of my efforts this season,” said Anthony. “I’m very happy with the performance of my DIABLO SUPERBIKE slicks, they held up great as I was able to set quick lap times throughout weekend.”

Anthony’s accomplishment made him the first recipient of Pirelli’s recently increased 2018 track bounty incentives program, including a $750 tire voucher, which is the brand’s largest ever reward offer.