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Your road to the track

The revolutionary technology found in the Monoscocca frame and Superquadro engine, 148 HP delivered with incredible lightness and unprecedented agility, the unmistakable design, Ducati Quick Shift and ABS fitted as standard. This all ensures that the 899 Panigale is just the bike to give a Ducati Superbike adrenalin rush, both on the track and on the road.

The introduction of the highly-anticipated Ducati 899 Panigale provides a new way to access the exclusive world of Ducati Superbikes with a “Supermid” version designed to provide the thrill of the new generation flagship model with the refined character of an everyday streetbike.

The brand new Superquadro engine features a revised bore and stroke for a broad power delivery, producing 148hp (109kW) with a torque of 73lb-ft (10.1kgm). The super-smooth power unit continues to be a fully stressed member of the innovative Panigale monocoque construction, achieving both an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and ride-enhancing agility with a dry weight of 169kg (372.5lb). An 1199 silhouette underlines the family DNA, while the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) and the fully integrated Riding Mode technology of Ride-by-Wire, triple stage ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) continues the benchmark ingenuity introduced with the award-winning Panigale.

With wheels spinning the Panigale hurries through turns—tipping in with minimal handlebar or body inputs. There is no denying the chassis’ accuracy, which allows the rider to put it exactly where he or she needs.

“This bike here—they got it right. It surprised me more than any of the other bikes,” says a thoroughly impressed Prid more. “The performance of the bike is so much greater than the last model [848 EVO].”

Looking at the data, we were surprised by its modest side-to-side flick rate as measured in the quick right-left-right transitions of Turns 8/9 and 11/12 as it felt almost as responsive as the cat-like F3.

“The biggest thing I would like to see keep improving, which we were, is in the fast transitions from right-to-left or left-to-right,” JP explains. “The bike had a little tendency to be a tinge unstable. We kept making it better, so I know if we had another day out here we would continue to make that better.”

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