The Diablo Wet was designed and made precisely for the purpose of being used in cases where the race starts on a wet track which then dries out and vice versa or, as is typical at the Monza track, when parts of the track are completely wet due to precipitation while others are almost dry because of the tree coverage.
“For Pirelli the Monza round is always considered as a home round because our main headquarters are just a few kilometres from the race track,” said Pirelli Moto Racing Director Giorgio Barbier.
“By now it is well known that this track, together with the Australian circuit, is by far the most demanding where tyres are concerned because of the sustained high speeds and the violence of the braking sections. These are characteristics that stress the central part of the tyre section in a way that none of the other tracks in the World Superbike Championship do.
"Basically, the thermal energy developed at a zero lean angle both in acceleration and in braking is about 5 times greater than that developed at Assen. Furthermore, the thermal demand on the right-hand shoulder where, especially in the Biassono turn, the tyre stays in a lean for a long time in acceleration, reaching thermal energy values on the shoulder that approach the record levels of Phillip Island.
"These issues are further complicated by problems in terms of the unpredictable weather conditions which gave us a taste last year of the problems that they can create, although this year we are confident that we can take on even the worst track conditions thanks to the new intermediate design."
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