Ducati sells world championship reproduction bikes in hours
Ducati has introduced the sale of all 520 reproduction bikes it made in celebration of its twin world title triumphs in 2022.
Ducati bought its World Championship celebration particular version Panigale V4 bikes, derived from the Ducati Panigale V4 S, “in only a few hours,” the Bologna model says in a press launch.
The bikes price $63,000 USD every, and had distinctive options such because the signature of the suitable rider for every model, in addition to a swathe of carbon fibre items; whereas the restricted manufacturing quantity, 260 for every model, was a nod to Ducati’s founding yr, 1926.
Francesco Milicia, VP World Gross sales & After Gross sales Ducati, mentioned: “2022 has been an unbelievable yr for Ducati each on the observe and out there, confirming the combination and steady switch of expertise and experience between manufacturing and racing that’s unparalleled on the earth of motorcycling.
“We thought one of the best ways to share the successes of 2022 with essentially the most passionate Ducatisti was to supply them with unique, numbered bikes, individually signed by Pecco [Bagnaia] and Álvaro [Bautista].
“Right now, when our model is as stable as ever and projected into the long run, we additionally needed to pay homage to our historical past, recalling with each replicas the founding of Ducati, which dates again to 1926.”
The Ducati Panigale V4 S on which these replicas are based mostly is in fact a variant of the Panigale V4, and is due to this fact intently associated to the Ducati Panigale V4 R with which Alvaro Bautista gained Ducati’s first WorldSBK title in 11 years.
One week earlier than Bautista clinched the manufacturing by-product sequence in Indonesia, Francesco Bagnaia took the MotoGP crown in Valencia. This was Ducati’s first since Casey Stoner’s title in 2007, and confirmed the ‘Triple Crown’ for Ducati: Groups’, Producers’, and Riders’ champions.
In fact, whereas Bautista’s WorldSBK-spec V4 R is derived from the road-going model of that bike, that road-going model has its roots in MotoGP, and the Desmosedici with which Bagnaia gained the MotoGP crown.
Ducati’s 2022 was the (arguably belated) reward for a design and engineering philosophy which was established in 2014 with the arrival of Gigi Dall’Igna, and is one which has not (but) been adopted by different producers.
The creativity with which Dall’Igna permits his engineering division to work permits for the event of ingenious options such because the journey peak gadgets and aerodynamics which now dominate MotoGP, and are creeping into Superbike racing on account of Ducati’s dedication to performance-focused exclusivity in its manufacturing bikes.