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Old 02-27-2012, 04:04 PM   #31
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Why are race teams still using the 1198 platform?
I was wondering the same thing myself during the race yesterday.

My guess is there has been no development time yet.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:16 AM   #32
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I was wondering the same thing myself during the race yesterday.

My guess is there has been no development time yet.
Last year the Duc Moto GP team was trying to figure out how to put a frame back on their motorcycles.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:56 AM   #33
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As Buz says, there wasn't enough time to develop the Superbike to be sure it would be competitive. The 1198 obviously still works well. But at this point, Duc engineers are certain the 1199 is a faster platform. No need for a frame on the SB, Spaceman. Ducati believes the stiffness of the Bridgestone GP tire was a major factor in the front-end feedback issue of the GP bike. Yes, Ducati would want to put a positive spin on their new bike, but I'll bet the Panigale will be a faster SB than the 1198.
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the Panigale will be a faster SB than the 1198.
Any insight as to when we might see one on the track? Will it be this season, or is it too late for that?
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:16 PM   #35
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Ducati's plan is to enter the 1199 in WSBK in 2013. In the meantime, the Panigale will be competing in the Superstock 1000 series (http://blog.motorcycle.com/2012/02/1...ies-included/). The first Superstock race is April 1 at Imola.

I believe the Panigale is also going to be in this year's British Superbike series which starts two weeks later.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:35 PM   #36
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The Ducati 1199 made its racing debut in a pair of domestic racing series this past weekend.

It scored a victory in Spain while in South Africa, the Panigale qualified in pole position and finished second and third in a double header in the South African Superbike Championship.

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Makes Racing Debut | Motorcycle.com News
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