Reports: Pirelli set for December tire test in Bahrain

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Reports in the Italian press today suggest that Pirelli could be set to test its prototype tires for the 2014 Formula One season in the next few weeks at a winter test in Bahrain.

The Italian tire manufacturer had initially planned to test its tires for 2014 during free practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix. However, wet weather meant that only a couple of laps were completed on the prototypes, leaving Pirelli facing the possibility of not obtaining any meaningful data until the first official pre-season test at the end of January.

As a result, the decision has been taken to hold a three day tire test in Bahrain (December 17-19) with Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari using the teams’ 2013 cars. This will give Pirelli a great amount of data to analyze over the winter break which should ensure the avoidance of a repeat of the problems that have blighted its best efforts in 2013.

After the initial design of tire was deemed to have too short an operating window, the teams lobbied for changes to be made that were eventually vetoed. However, following a series of tire failures at the British Grand Prix, a new construction of tire was introduced on safety grounds, causing many to question Pirelli’s suitability as the sport’s tire supplier.

With this extra test though, Pirelli should be able to prepare suitably for the pre-season tests in Spain at the end of January.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

Red Bull Imagination Bereman
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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman said told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.