WSBK » Ducati announces 'Panigale', WSBK plans

The Italian manufacturer withdrew its factory involvement at the end of 2010, but is set to return in 2012 with a Superstock machine before returning to Superbikes in 2013.

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GIXXER - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 1:43 PM

Did I miss read that, but I kept reading 1199 "PIGNAIL" with that frame I think that might be fitting, nowonder they arnt racing the thing lol.

Wait until the end of 2012 and a new 1199 will be out with a Deltabox derived by Valantino Rossi


September 21, 2011 2:02 PM

So basically they don't have the money to develop it into a full on Superbike next year, huh? Funny, they didn't introduce the 851, 888, 916, 996, 998, 999, 1098R, or the 1198R in the superstock class a year before stepping up to the Superbike class. I wonder why that is..............

Sparky62 - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 2:19 PM

Rossi is going to develop a bike better than Troy Bayliss? So he is going to take the Superstock winning bike of 2012 and turn it into a back marker WSBK bike in 2013! Maybe that is where he will be racing after a dismal 2012 in MotoGP. Do you really think Ducati would let him have any input at all on their superbike? I think not....


September 21, 2011 3:29 PM

I still disagree about the fact that Ducati are allowed a 1200cc bike compared to the 1000cc's. I hear their arguments about it being a twin but stuff it ... they won the championship and plenty races with the 999! If they weren't happy about the rules they should have pulled out or made a 1000cc four cylinder bike :?

pukka - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 3:31 PM

very odd decision...

but with the 1198 winning everything do they need to use the new bike yet, since they don't have a full factory effort. Can the current wsb team run the old bike again, and win, and then move ot the new bike in 2012?

ItsAllAboutTheBenjamins - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 4:30 PM

I just saw the bike at a private viewing in Miami and all I can say is OH MY GOD! Sorry guys, they made me turn my phone off and sign a disclosure before seeing it. I thought the 1198 was sexxy and hard to top. But they did an amazing job. It's eye candy!

Ben1 - Unregistered

September 21, 2011 4:45 PM

I thought (and hoped) the factory team will come back next year, but if it's 2013, it's not a problem too. Their current bike is great, strangely better then last years' and don't think other manufacturers (with Yamaha's exit) will exceed them, maybe Aprilia. Another year of Checa and Althea wins would be great to see :)
Maybe it has something with Capirossi's retire (and not go to SBK), and in 2013 Rossi will arrive?

Good to hear that Bayliss develops the bike. I don't know what Rossi could do with it, it's not his champioship, not like the bikes he ride. (Somebody thinks that he tried the Yamaha and Ducati and Crutchlow/Checa started to win races. If he is such a great developer, Ducati MotoGP wouldn't be where they at.)

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