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Max Biaggi Tests Pirelli Angel GT Tires on an Aircraft Carrier – Video
Pirelli sure knows how to make an impression. Is there a more dramatic way to test the stopping ability of Pirelli’s new Angel GT sport touring tire, than on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier? After all, these surfaces are used to the physics of 30,000-pound fighter jets decelerating from 150 mph to a dead stop in a matter of seconds. Surely that should suffice for a Kawasaki Ninja 1000 stopping from a speed of just 60 mph.
And that’s just what Pirelli decided to do, holding the press launch of the Angel GT on the Italian Navy’s Cavour aircraft carrier anchored in the Mediterranean Sea at the Marina Militare‘s Taranto Naval base. And if that’s not enough, Pirelli enlisted the recently-retired World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi to show the collection of journalists – including our very own Troy Siahaan – how it’s done.
As demonstrated in the video below, Biaggi accelerates his Ninja 1000 test bikes up to a speed of 100 kph (62 mph) on the Cavour’s 440-foot flight deck with hoses spraying water all over the landing strip.
Check back soon for Troy’s review of the Pirelli Angel GT sport touring tires. Also remember to follow Troy on Twitter under the handle @MOtrizzle.
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