Max Biaggi Launches Pirelli Angel GT On Aircraft Carrier

Retired world champion performs braking test on Italian warship.

Max Biaggi Pirelli Angel GT Performance Test #2

Max Biaggi Pirelli Angel GT Performance Test #2

Is there a better place to evaluate the wet-weather stopping capabilities of a new sport-touring tire than the flight deck of an aircraft carrier? Apparently not, which is why Pirelli called on six-time world champion Max Biaggi to conduct a braking test with its new Angel GT on the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour.

According to Pirelli, Biaggi accelerated to 62 mph before throwing out the anchors at a pre-established spot on the deck of the carrier, which was moored at a new base in Taranto facing the Ionian Sea. Pirelli says the Angel GT "substantially increases mileage, grip and handling in the wet" compared with its predecessor, the Angel ST. Available in four front and 10 rear sizes, the dual-compound radial tire was developed for naked, supersport and touring motorcycles. The Angel GT is original fitment on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring.

Cycle World Contributing Editor John L. Stein attended the press launch, which was held in part on the Cavour. Look for Stein's on-road impressions of the new tire on www.cycleworld.com.

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Max Biaggi Pirelli Angel GT Performance Test #1

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Max Biaggi Pirelli Angel GT Performance Test #2

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