Pirelli and Max Biaggi Test the New Angel GT Bike Tyre on the Italian Navy’s Aircraft Carrier Cavour

The Roman rider, six-time World Champion, christened the new sport touring tyre from the brand with the long P in an unprecedented braking test

TARANTO, ITALY – April 9, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Multiple world champion Max Biaggi, top notch tester for Pirelli in an unprecedented braking test on a wet surface: slamming on the brakes on a bike rocketing across the flight deck of an aircraft carrier being soaked by water pumps at 17 atm.

This is what happened on the Italian Navy’s aircraft carrier Cavour, anchored in the new Taranto naval base which served as an unprecedented test track for the presentation of the new Pirelli Angel GT sport touring tyre, developed for naked, super sport and touring bikes.

The six-time World Champion and reigning World Superbike Champion accelerated to 100 kph to then grab the brakes hard at the pre-established braking spot. The new Angel GT tyres allowed Biaggi to first unload all his bike’s horses to the ground and ensured an immediate stop on wet asphalt.


This unprecedented test was arranged by Pirelli thanks to the invaluable and professional cooperation of Difesa Servizi SpA and in particular the Italian Navy, which made the flight deck of the Cavour available, moored in the Taranto military port.


Founded in 1872, Pirelli is the fifth largest tire manufacturer in the world in terms of sales.  Present in over 160 countries, Pirelli has 22 manufacturing sites and employs approximately 36,000 people around the world. Pirelli is a leading producer of premium tires due to its commitment to R&D.  Successfully competing in motorsport since 1907, Pirelli is the exclusive supplier of the Superbike world championship, many single marquee championships around the world, and above all it is the sole supplier for the Formula 1 championship for the 3-year period 2011-13.

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).