For this test, however, Metzeler, Pirelli and Bridgestone supplied 190/55 tires. This slight increase in section height gives the 190/55 tire on a 6.0-inch rim a profile closer to the 180/55 tires used on 5.5-inch rims. According to Rich Munson, Metzeler/Pirelli's Logistics and Racing Manager, "The big advantage is the tire has more contact patch [and] also that the profile remains the same as our 180/55ZR17 fitted on a 5.5-inch rim. We wanted to recreate the same feel and grip characteristics that have given us the success we have had with the Supercorsa 180/55ZR17 but on a 6.0-inch rim. By increasing the contact patch with the 190/55ZR17 we have also created a tire that will wear much better than the 180/55ZR17 on the same 6.0 rim. This is important to us with the current horsepower numbers that the new 1000's are putting out."