Ducati launched the first 851 “Desmoquattro” in 1988 and immediately won with Marco Lucchinelli at the Donington Park round of the World Superbike Championship. The 851 was competitive in its first seasons of World Superbike, but it was Raymond Roche who would take the 851 to its greatest heights, winning five races in the 1989 season, before taking this 851 F90 to the World Superbike rider’s title the following year. Desmoquattro-powered Ducatis would go on to score the lion’s share of WSBK championships for more than a quarter of a century following Roche’s 1990 title. The 2019 season will mark the beginning of a new V-4-powered Desmosedici era for Ducati in World Superbike. Can they fill those giant shoes left behind by their own V-Twins?

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