tanding in Valencia’s pit lane, about to swing a leg over the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 S, I was apprehensive. I’ve never really gotten along with the Panigale platform. I’ve always thought the 1199 and 1299 were stylish, but the Superquadro engine was peaky and hard to manage, the electronics seemed a step behind, and the chassis flexed in a way I couldn’t control. Too often it was more like fighting the bike around a track, rather than having a partner in lap times. So sue me if I was nervous to ride an even more powerful Panigale.