Motorcycle Racing News The Name's Official: Ducati 1199 Panigale

The Name’s Official: Ducati 1199 Panigale

2011-the-names-official-ducati-1199-panigale (1)

Ducati 1199 Panigale Teaser Video

For 2012, Ducati is breaking with tradition. Instead of naming it’s new “project 0801” by its displacement such as the 1098 and 1198, Ducati has added an extension.

Ducati reported Wednesday that this new machine that will replace the current 1198 Superbike will officially be called the “1199 Panigale,” pronounced “Pan-ee-gah-lee.” And of course, Ducati reports the 1199 will be referred to as eleven-nine-nine.

Besides the name and some imagery released in the above teaser video, along with loads of spy photos found all over the web, Ducati also reported that the 1199 Panigale will be unveiled at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, Nov. 10-13.

Regarding Italian machinery, the 1199 is the 2012 superbike that’s garnering the most attention. But Ducati wants to keep that anticipation at full force until the EICMA.

Ducati says: “The wait to discover the incredible performance, innovative design and ground-breaking technologies of the new 1199 Panigale will continue for just a few more weeks.”

The Panigale association is due to Ducati’s historic roots in the Borgo Panigale area of Bologna.

Ducati says: “In an Italian territory known as ‘Motor Valley’ and where high performance and racing runs through the veins of its passionate people, Ducati now underline their pride in being world ambassadors for the ‘Made in Italy’ title by immortalizing their home town in the name of the new Superbike.”

As for racing, the Ducati 1199 Panigale will compete in the 2012 FIM Superstock Championship, and make its debut in World Superbike for 2013.

Ducati says: “The two-stage introduction enables Ducati additional development for the Superbike version of the 1199 Panigale, appropriate to the more open regulations of the World Superbike category, and in addition help control costs for World Superbike teams who can continue to compete with a 2012 version of the 1198 with technical support from Ducati Engineers.”

For now, this is all of the official info available on the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale. Many are speculating about the frame and motor used on the new Ducati Superbike, which is said to break with tradition. Allegedly, long gone is the trellis frame and L-Twin, although the 90-degree twin remains, just not in it’s normal configuration within the frame.

As stated before, Ducati wanted to build further anticipation, and it’s working. We’ll just have to wait until November (ugh, ugh, ugh).

Until Milan…

 

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Indian Challenger Lineup First Look: Photos, Prices, and Colors

The performance-oriented Challenger bagger lineup from Indian returns for 2021, with three models to choose from. All three 2021 Indian Challenger models get the...

2021 GasGas Motocross Lineup First Look (Specs and Photos)

When under Spanish ownership, GasGas was never known as a motocross brand. However, under the guidance of Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto—the owners...

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...