Ducati’s 1199 Panigale, with its radical 112 x 60.8mm bore and stroke and equally radical Vincent-like “frameless” construction, was a new model a year ago. It was raced in Superstock 1000 to prepare for its debut this season in the Superbike World Championship, and rumors are flying. I was given the privilege of three interviews [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
The New Ducati Superbike Ducati spent the past year preparing the 1199 Panigale for its World Superbike debut. Will this new big Twin win?
Walking the Ducati 1199 Panigale Line We visit the Bologna factory to watch an 1199 Power Twin come to life!
Photographer : Bruno dePrato
Ducati allowed me to walk the production line of the 1199 Panigale, arguably the most advanced V-Twin in production today. The assembly line is that of the Desmosedici V-Four, completely refurbished and retooled. If it weren’t for the scent of special sealants and lubricants, the place would pass for a surgical operating theater. When I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Ducati Motors Press Release: For motorcycle enthusiasts, 2012 will undoubtedly go down in history as “the year of the Panigale”, the Italian manufacturer’s high-tech model generating massive interest since its first public appearance and opening a new chapter in the company’s long and successful history. Ducati collected the “Best Bike of the Show” award for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ducati Press Release: A two-year agreement for the World Superbike Championship seasons 2013-2014 has been signed between Ducati and Francis Batta’s Belgian organization, Team Alstare. Riders, Carlos Checa (Spain) and Ayrton Badovini (Italy) will join Alstare staff ready to prepare for the challenge of the 2013 World Superbike Championship. Powered by the new Ducati 1199 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Two-thousand-eleven was a successful year for Ducati. Now, we are at the beginning of a new era with the coming of the 1199 Panigale, a prestigious addition and a strong sign of technological evolution and also of our determination to reaffirm our leadership in Superbike racing. Our plan is to conquer new shares of the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Okay, so shoot me for using the “p” word when discussing something Italian, but Ducati really is a passionate company. Take my mechanic for the day at the 1199 Panigale launch, Walter Ansaloni. As he was swapping tires on the S models we were riding, he told me about his history with the factory, which [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Seeing the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale in the flesh for the first time was worth driving two hours through packed traffic in downtown Milan. Indeed, the 1199 is a monument to ultimate motorcycle engineering and styling. Finally, an heir to the legendary 916! For a 1.2-liter road- and track-burner, the 1199 is very compact, very [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ducati announced today in a press release and video containing as little actual information as possible that its new 1199 sportbike will be named “Panigale,” that it will be revealed at the EICMA show in Milan in November, and that, after racing in the FIM Superstock Championship in 2012, the Italian manufacturer will return to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)