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Pirelli has been chosen by the FIA, world motorsport’s governing body, as supplier to the World Rally Championship from 2021 to 2024. The company will supply tyres for the headline World Rally Car (Rally1) class and the R5 (Rally2) class.

Pirelli has a long history in the World Rally Championship, having been present since the inaugural season in 1973. After a break in 2017, the company returned in 2018 with new products specifically suited to the sport. Pirelli is already the exclusive tyre supplier for the Junior World Rally Championship.

The company says it will supply the WRC with tyres that have already proved successful in different rally championships across the world. The P Zero RA is for asphalt, with different compounds available to suit the terrain and weather conditions. The Sottozero Snow (with or without studs) is used for snowy conditions, the Sottozero Ice J1 is specifically designed for Rally Sweden, while on gravel the reinforced Scorpion K will be available.

It has been reported that Hankook, MRF and current supplier Michelin also tendered to supply tyres to the Rally championship.

“This is an exciting new phase in the development of the World Rally Championship and we are happy to announce Pirelli as our exclusive single tyre supplier for a period of four years from 2021,” said Yves Matton, FIA Rally Director. “I am convinced Pirelli will bring a wealth of experience to the program.”

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Kumho Tyre Australia has announced the launch of a new mud terrain tyre aimed at the 4WD Ute and SUV market.

The new Kumho Road Venture MT71 has been designed to offer premium off-road performance and comes to market, the company says, after more than two years of development.

It features an aggressive tread design for enhanced climbing performance and off-road traction, enhanced durability with extra cut and chip resistance, and is designed to deliver exceptional off-road performance and excellent highway safety and stability. It contains seven integrated steel and fabric layers, three-ply high-strength construction, two steel cord layers and two nylon protection plies – all making the MT71 a robust mud-terrain tyre.

“The Road Venture MT71 is a cornerstone product for Kumho because it will deliver the highest level of performance at a truly competitive price and will we believe redefine the serious 4WD tyre market,” said Kenny Chun, National Marketing Manager for Kumho Tyre Australia.

“The Road Venture MT71, has been designed using multiple sizes and specs on multiple platforms across the world, not just one size and one type of vehicle.”

The Road Venture MT71 will be available in 27 sizes that combined will cover the majority of the mud-terrain segment.

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Michelin has announced a new construction rear tyre will be available for the forthcoming MotoGP season.

The latest evolution of the company’s Power Slick rear tyre features a construction aimed at increasing performance and stability and produce improved lap and race times.

The new tyre was tested extensively in 2019, including during a race weekend at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. That opportunity, the company says, gave Michelin a huge amount of data, as it was a tyre test with the teams and riders concentrating solely on assessing the new construction.

Throughout all of the tests, the new construction rear was paired with compounds suited to the respective circuits and ones which the riders had used during the race-weekend, giving a clear comparison between the tyre constructions. The result was Michelin’s technicians approving the launch of the new construction for the 2020 season.

“After such an intensive and involved testing schedule we are delighted to launch the new construction rear tyre,” said Piero Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager. “We have been working on this latest evolution for quite some time and with the assistance and comprehensive feedback from all the riders we know we have produced a tyre that will improve performance for all concerned.

“We have now informed Dorna and IRTA of the change and have given the teams and manufacturers the full specification and in-depth data so they can set-up the bikes to give the optimum performance from this new rear slick. This is the first change to construction for the rear for two years and an important advance in the evolution of our Michelin Power Slick tyres for MotoGP. The new construction is in line with Michelin’s long-lasting performance approach, which guarantees consistent performance all race long, and we are now looking forward to seeing it perform in racing conditions and breaking more records.”

Michelin will supply the new Power Sport Slick rear tyre for the two pre-season tests scheduled for February in Malaysia and Qatar before the tyre makes its competitive debut – also in Qatar – when the Losail International Circuit in Doha stages round one of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship on 8th March.

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