Pirelli Captures Another Motorcycle Track Record With Taylor Knapp at Pittsburgh International Raceway Complex
Knapp Earns Pirelli’s Fourth Bounty of the Season Aboard his Yamaha R1 Equipped with DIABLO™ Superbike Tires
ROME, Ga. (July 21, 2016) – The successful season continued for Pirelli as Witchkraft Racing/Honda East Toledo’s Taylor Knapp set a new motorcycle track record during the WERA Series this past weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway Complex on July 16-17. Knapp’s incredible feat helped Pirelli clinch its fourth track bounty of the 2016 season, ultimately proving that the Italian manufacturer is the number one tire of choice for competitive racers looking for that extra edge on their competition. The Yamaha R1 used by Knapp was outfitted with Pirelli’s DIABLO™ Superbike SC2 front and SC1 rear slicks.
“The weekend could not have gone any better between winning the 4-hour endurance race and new motorcycle track record,” said Jeff Johnston, Pirelli Road Racing Manager, NAFTA. “Taylor proved that Pirelli offers a variety of compounds and all are more than capable of a track record in the right conditions.”
Despite beginning the A Superstock Expert Class race in eighth place, Knapp went on a tear by quickly carving his way past riders to clinch the all-new motorcycle track record of 143.264 on the fifth lap. Once into the lead, there was no looking back for the No.44 as he took the win in convincing fashion.
To learn more about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit http://www.pirelli.com/tyres/en-ww/motorcycle/home…
Founded in 1872, Pirelli is among the largest global tire makers, and focuses its business on the high end, premium product segment where it is a world leader. Present in over 160 countries, Pirelli has 22 manufacturing sites and employs approximately 38,000 people around the world. Successfully competing in motorsports since 1907, Pirelli is currently the exclusive supplier of the Formula 1 championship, the Superbike world championship, and many other championships around the world.
Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) member countries through its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico and its New York City, Montreal and Mexico City sales and marketing offices. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications (US, CA, MX) and Agro/Heavy Truck platforms (MX).
Photo courtesy of Marty Matuszak. Press release can also be found on Roadracing World.
MotoEverything Racing won the inaugural N2/WERA Steel City Superbike Challenge at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, completing 118 laps over the 4-hour race, winning the Heavyweight class and capturing the overall win with riders Taylor Knapp, Eddie Kraft and Gene Burcham.
Following Saturday's win, Taylor Knapp rode the same Yamaha R1 in Sunday's WERA combined regional and National 1000 Superstock race to victory, setting a new overall track record in the process, of a 1:43.2.
Witchkraft Racing would like to thank Honda East Toledo, Pirelli Tires/ShagMoto, K-Tech, Yoshimura, GoPro, Hoffer Performance, Motul, RS Taichi, Arai Helmets, Chicken Hawk Racing, NGK, Worldwide Bearings, Evol Technology, Ballistic Performance Components, Motion Pro, Millennium Technologies, Spiegler, Yamaha Motor Corp. USA, N2 Track Days, Performance Cycleworx, Pit Bull, Sharkskinz, Hammer Nutrition, Fast Frank Racing, Vesrah, PopShadow Decals, Samco, Spider Grips and Troy Lee Designs. Also special thanks to Corey "Chad" Heflin, Andy Walters, Steve George, Lenny Albin, Jason Farrell, Jesse Davis, Mark Junge and M.C. Designs.
For more information on MotoEverything, visit motoeverything.com. For information on the race team, please visit witchkraftracing.com.
A sincere thank you to everyone at the American Motorcyclist Association for including me – not only in their June issue of American Motorcyclist – but for putting me on the cover! It's a huge and incredible honor. The AMA's magazine reaches over 200,000 subscribers across the country each month.
We originally did a photo shoot at Grattan Raceway several weeks prior for this article they wanted to put together, but I had no idea it would end up making the cover. A number of people were involved in making this happen – and even some vetting behind the scenes – so I'm quite proud to represent the motorcycle industry, at least for one month. This is certainly one of the top highlights in my racing career.
Between this and the series of articles I'm currently writing for Roadracing World, I'm quite happy where this sport has taken me so far. Here's to more to come!
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