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Ducati announces 'Panigale' Superbike

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.
Ducati has announced its much anticipated new Superbike model, the 1199 Panigale, will compete in the World Superbike Championship, but not until the 2013 season.

Ahead of the bike's official launch at the EICMA International Bike Show at Milan in November, Ducati confirmed the latest iteration of its twin-cylinder machine will be known as 1199 Panigale in a nod to the manufacturer's Bologna base.

Spy shots and teasers of the machine have been apparent in the press for months, but it remained unclear whether the manufacturer – which pulled its factory WSBK involvement at the end of 2010 – would conduct a full return to Superbike racing in 2012 with the new machine.

Now, Ducati has announced it will persevere with the current 1198, which is currently leading the standings with Carlos Checa and Althea Racing, into 2012, with a view to returning in 2013, most likely as a full manufacturer effort once again.

In the meantime, the 1199 Panigale will still be seen on the international motorsport stage in 2012 with an FIM Superstock 1000 entry, Ducati seeing it as an opportunity to finely tune the bike.

“Developed as a true sport bike with competition in its DNA, the Ducati 1199 Panigale will first see racing action in the 2012 FIM Superstock Championship and, in accordance with the factory's development program, make its debut in World Superbike in 2013,” read an official Ducati press release.

“The two-stage introduction enables Ducati additional development for the Superbike version of the 1199 Panigale, appropriate to the more open regulations of the World Superbike category, and in addition help control costs for World Superbike teams who can continue to compete with a 2012 version of the 1198 with technical support from Ducati Engineers.”

As well as leading the Superbike standings, Ducati is dominating the Superstock series, with Davide Giugliano and Lorenzo Baroni both having tested the new 1199 in preparation for 2012.

Full details of the 1199 Panigale, which has been developed with input from Troy Bayliss, will be revealed at its launch.



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TheBaron - Unregistered

September 22, 2011 12:52 AM

Ducati has been a supporter of Superbike World Championship racing every year since 1988. The Japs have not. Ducati builds twins, not fours, same as Harley. Currently, Ducati is racing a 2008 derived model in Superbike, as is Honda. The Superbike raced by Aprilia, BMW, Yamaha and Suzuki were new in 2009. In the first year of 1200cc twins vs 1000cc fours, TROY BAYLISS won on the Ducati. In 2009, Ben Spies won 14 races on a 1000cc four. Did not hear any Ducati cries that such domination was unfair. In 2010 Max Biaggi won on a 1000cc four. Again, no cries that he had an unfair advantage. But now a private Ducati team is winning, it's unfair. Fair Dinkum! Pommie cry babies

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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