ROME, Ga. (March 21, 2018) – Pirelli Tire North America and Stefano Mesa made history at
Daytona International Speedway by breaking the absolute motorcycle track record during the
third round of the 2018 Championship Cup Series (CCS). Mesa piloted a Kawasaki Ninja®
ZX™-10R equipped with Pirelli DIABLO™ SUPERBIKE slicks and set the blistering lap time
en route to winning the Unlimited GP race. Mesa brought Pirelli its third track record bounty of
the season. In the same weekend, the green flag waved for the 77th time on the Daytona 200
and rounded out the week-long racing activities at the world-renowned “Daytona Bike Week”,
with Pirelli’s Cory West taking second overall among 57 participants.
“All Pirelli riders showed improvements from at least a half second per lap faster at Daytona this
year,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “The record Stefano set is proof that our
products continue to propel riders to the top. Daytona is a very challenging track and Pirelli is on
the leading edge with technology designed to set records and win races.”
Mesa’s new lap record of 1:45.911 eclipsed the previous record of 1:46.525 that was set by
runner-up and fellow Pirelli rider West in October 2016. It was the second track record bounty of
2018 for Mesa aboard his Kawasaki who also set the motorcycle track record at Palm Beach
International Raceway in January. With the biggest bounty in Pirelli history being awarded in
2018, Mesa will pick up a $750 tire voucher as a result of his new record.
“What can I say? These Pirelli tires are absolutely amazing,” said Mesa. “I had so much
confidence throughout the entire weekend because the grip was always there for me,
regardless of how hard I continued to push.”
In addition to his record time and Unlimited GP win, Mesa would also go on to win the Expert
SuperSport Unlimited, Expert Grand Prix Unlimited, Expert ASRA SuperStock and Expert
SuperBike Unlimited classes.
The Daytona 200 saw almost 60 participants compete in the 77th running of the famed event.
Pirelli has had success at the race in the past and West put his Yamaha YZF-R6 mounted with
the Pirelli DIABLO SUPERBIKE SC1 front and Daytona Compound rear on the podium for
the second-straight year with a second-place finish.
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