Tyre Test: Pirelli Rosso III
Location: Sepang International Circuit
Tyre Tester: Doc Dol
Doc Dol after almost a year absence from riding in the Sepang Circuit, is back on the track with his road going BMW S1000RR. This time around, his S1000RR got fitted with Pirelli Rosso III tyres. 190/55-17 Rear and 120/70-17 Front from Pirelli Singapore.
Taking the risk of fitting Rosso III, Doc Dol is whom is used to the Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SC2, but what the heck it’s a track day not a race, so he decided to review the Rosso III by riding from Singapore to the Sepang Circuit for SBR Trackday on the 10th September 2016.
Doc set up the Rosso III tyre pressure at cold 36psi rear and 33psi front during the ride up.
With a group of his friends, they rode up 350km across the border from Singapore to Sepang Circuit, Malaysia on Friday evening, and had to endure 200km of wet roads but this gave Doc the opportunity to test the Rosso III on the wet roads. The rest of the guys that rode up together were on Diablo Super Corsa SC2 (Racer’s choice) rubbers. :)
He was smiling in his Suomy Helmet while riding confidently on wet North South Highway while the others are having a stressful time with the SC2 tyre.
The professionally organised SBR Trackdays had over 150 riders segregated into 3 different groups according to skill level (A, B & C). Doc registered in group A.)
When it’s time to go out on track, he was feeling relaxed. He however, took it easy in the 1st session, as the tarmac was still damp from the wee morning showers. Weather at 9am was cloudy.
For the track, Doc set up the Rosso III pressure to cold 24psi rear and 27psi front.
With damp patches all around the circuit throughout the day especially at T9 even though the sun is out and without any tyre warmers Doc took his time to warm the tyres up to temperature and he was amazed that he found good grips from lap two onwards, on 5.543km long circuit.
The Rosso III gives enough grip while on lean on his S1000RR, his on-board dash registered a 58° lean angle. Rosso III also registered a top speed of 293 km/h on the 980m front straight.
Doc continued the afternoon session.
Stability and grip during heavy braking was very good. Of course also with the help of good brake system, Brembo Callipers and Galfer Floating Disc and Galfer Race Pads. Directional change and flip flop felt like race tyres.
Short summary on Rosso III:-
– Great turn-in into corners including rapid changes in direction
– It provide the grips needed for track days.
– Stability and precision while maintaining the racing line.
– Rosso 3 offers good grip than Diablo Super Corsa SC2 when ridden on DRY road.
– Rosso 3 offers excellent grip than Super Corsa SC2 when ridden on WET road.