VIDEO: Lapping Imola on the Ducati Panigale R

We take a superbike ride around Italy’s Imola circuit.

Ducati has a reputation for launching its new superbikes at memorable race circuits. Two years ago, I was lucky enough to be one of the first moto journalists to lap Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on the Ducati 1199 Panigale R. This time, I was off to Imola in Italy for the launch of what Ducati now simply calls the Panigale R.

This circuit, tucked up against the ancient city center of the same name, is amazing. Only in Italy would residents build their houses within the confines of the racetrack and not complain, but actually embrace its very culture and existence. So, just two days after watching the World Superbike Championship round at the track, I found myself lapping aboard one of the most exotic and exclusive Ducatis ever made. Take a ride with me as I lap this ultra-challenging circuit.


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