Tyler O’Hara Grabs Podium Position with DIABLO™ Superbike Slicks
DAYTONA, Fla. (March 14, 2021) – Pirelli Tire North America returned to the winner’s circle once again at the 79th running of the Daytona 200, claiming three out of the top four positions in the 57-lap shootout. TSE Racing’s Brandon Paasch has come close to victory at the speedway previously, but 2021 marked the year that the 19-year old would get the job done, piloting his Yamaha YZF-R6 to victory by 0.031 of a second. Tyler O’Hara used an impressive late race charge to take the final step of the podium in third aboard his Floyd’s of Leadville Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R.
Brandon Paasch took home the Rolex and Daytona 200 victory. | Photo: Brian J. Nelson
“It feels so good to get the job done here in Daytona,” said Paasch. “This has been a goal of mine for a long time, and to finally check this off the list, just feels amazing! My Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike slicks worked incredibly all day, especially towards the end of the race when it really counted, allowing me to chip away at the lead and make the pass for the win.”
Both Paasch’s YZF-R6 and O’Hara’s ZX-6R relied on the performance of Pirelli’s DIABLO™ Superbike SC1 120/70-17 front tire and DIABLO™ Superbike Daytona 190/60-17 rear tire to handle the challenges of the high-banked 3.51-mile course.
Paasch closed a six-second gap and turned his fastest lap on the final lap to take the checkered flag. | Photo: Brian J. Nelson
“I let the leaders get away from me a little bit there in the beginning laps,” said O’Hara. “I just never gave up though, and my Pirelli tires were working awesome. I’m so stoked to be up here on the podium, but to be honest, I really wanted to get that top step of the podium.”
Tyler O’Hara took the final step of the podium in third. | Photo: Brian J. Nelson
Paasch’s relentless efforts saw him make up a six-second gap in the final stages of the race, including using the traction of his Pirelli slicks to get a drive and make the pass for the lead to take the victory on the final lap. O’Hara narrowly edged out fellow Pirelli rider Michael Barnes in a drag race to the checkered flag, finishing third and fourth, respectively. Geoff May would race to a hard-fought seventh and Ryan Jones carded a top-10 in ninth.
Pirelli riders claimed three out of the top four spots with Michael Barnes just behind O’Hara in fourth. | Photo: Brian J. Nelson
“What a way to make a return to the Daytona 200,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “All weekend long our guys were competitive at the front of the field. Brandon [Paasch] been trying for this win the past few year’s, so to see him succeed and accomplish his goal is something that everyone at Pirelli is proud of. The pace that the guys were able to maintain with the DIABLO™ Superbike range showcases not only their performance, but durability, especially in a endurance-style format like we had today.”
Daytona 200 – Daytona, Florida
March 13, 2021
- Brandon Paasch
- Sean Kelly
- Tyler O’Hara
- Michael Barnes
- Danny Eslick
- Rocco Landers
- Geoff May
- Teagg Hobbs
- Ryan Jones
- Max Flinders