That leaves the question hanging over what exactly does change to differentiate the Rally from the stock DesertX, and the answer surely lies in the bike’s name. Back in June, Antoine Méo rode a modified DesertX to victory in the twin-cylinder class of the Iron Road Prologue at the Erzberg Rodeo, becoming the only twin to qualify for the final. Modifications to his bike, backed by Ducati Austria, included a larger-diameter 48mm Kayaba fork, up from 46mm, and a new shock, with suspension travel at both ends increased compared to the standard model. Narrower wheels—21-incher at the front, 18-incher at the rear wear Metzeler Six Days Extreme tires—and a stronger bash plate under the engine completed the changes along with a Termignoni exhaust. All tweaks that suit the “Rally” suffix of the new DesertX model. Méo’s bike even wore a paint designed by Centro Stile Ducati at the factory, so there’s a strong chance the DesertX Rally will have a similar color scheme.