BSB » BSB teams take delivery of Ducati Panigale

Moto Rapido and Jentin Doodson take delivery of the Ducati 1199 Panigales they will be racing in the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship.

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March 02, 2012 9:26 AM

Well, in fact, the Superstock FIM Cup teams will race the first time this bike on the 1st of April.

I don't know how good this new bike will be in BSB, but if it's good, Polita can make big things. Also maybe Smart, who wasn't bad in the Evo class last year.

The Louth Looney - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 9:55 AM

It will be an interesting season for sure but i think the Panigale will be not be a race winner due to it not running TC.
One lap on fresh tyres will not translate to race wins.They will qualify up at the front but racing is a different matter.
Tyre management will be the key to success in 2012 and the Ducati with 200bhp+ and its torquey engine will not look after tyres.
Lets hope the 1199 engine is a bit more durable than previous Ducati race bikes otherwise racing a Panigale will be a costly exercise.


March 02, 2012 10:13 AM

I'm probably missing something obvious, but why would Ducati run this bike in BSB and not WSBK? Motorsport exists to sell a road-going product, so I don't get why Ducati wouldn't want their current best bike in the championship with the most exposure i.e. world superbikes.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 1:27 PM

@Kaliberr - the new 2012 BSB rules mandate use of a control ECU - it does not have traction control, anti-wheelie or launch control. This change was introduced to cut costs and increase the spectacle. It certainly appears to be doing the former judging by the number of new teams entering BSB.

gixxer - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 1:46 PM

Spot on Rob W, If you can remember the 916 996 etc before TC you would see the twins jump away from the fours on exit. this and the narrowness or the bike are the real benefit of a twin over a four.

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