In 2012 Michele Pirro will be among the riders defending the Sidi Sport colours and flying them high on the track. These past few days the Italian rider paid a visit to Sidi’s general headquarters in Maser (TV). Born in 1986 in the town of San Giovanni Rotondo in Puglia, next season Pirro will be saddling up on a CRT motorcycle in the highest class of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. These motorcycles are an important new entry on the international motorcycling scene. The term CRT stands for “Claiming Rule Team”, private team motorcycles which will line up next to the official bikes to round out the files in the starting grid at the start of the MotoGP next year. These are “hybrid” motorcycles along the lines of those racing in Moto2, but of course they carry 1000 cc motors instead of 600 cc.
This is a great opportunity for the Italian rider who had a fantastic season in 2011, standing out in the Moto2 and managing to win his first race in the MotoGP with a perfect test in the Gran Premio della Comunidad Valenciana, starting in pole position and dominating the race from the first lap to the last. Pirro is coming to the reigning class in motorcycling after gaining experience and maturity starting with his debut in the 125 class, where he raced from 2003 to 2006. Then in 2007 and 2008 he became Italian speed champion in the Superstock 1000 class before going on to the Supersport category where he rode in the championships in 2009 and 2010 before making the jump to Moto2.
For Pirro, who has already delighted the company from Maser with his performances on the track, this is a return to the ranks of the Sidi Sport stables. As he sets off on this new adventure he’ll be wearing Sidi Vortice boots, the top of the line from the Sidi Sport collection for the track. In this boot technology, attractive design and fine craftsmanship combine in a “vortex” of solutions which always aim to guarantee maximum performance without sacrificing the comfort and safety of the rider’s feet.