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Ducati 1199 Panigale R Wins 2014 FIM Superstock 1000 Title
Mercado aboard the Ducati 1199 Panigale R during Magny-Cours FIM Superstock 1000

2014 FIM Superstock 1000 Title

Ducati has triumphed once again in the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship, taking its fifth title in the series since 2007.

This is a special one for the Bologna-based brand; it was the first Superstock 1000 title accomplished by the Ducati 1199 Panigale R. All others in the series that supports World Superbike – 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 – were accomplished on 1098R/1198R machinery.

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Earning the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship was the Argentinian pilot Leandro “Tati” Mercado of the Barni Racing Team. He clinched the title after finishing fourth at the final of seven rounds in the 2014 FIM Superstock 1000 Championship at Magny-Cours, France. Mercado finished on the podium four times, including wins at Aragon and Jerez.

Mercado only had a five-point lead over Kawasaki’s Lorenzo Savadori heading into Magny-Cours, so it was two-way battle for the title. During the 14-lap race held under slick conditions, Mercado moved from 13th to sixth.

Savadori was running second on lap 13, but crashed on the final lap. The Italian was able to rejoin the grid to finish sixth, but didn’t earn enough points to rob the title off Mercado. When the action was complete, Mecado garnered 117 points, finishing eight ahead of Savadori.

Winning at Magny-Cours was Kawasaki’s Matthieu Lussiana, who was joined on the podium by Romain Lanusse (Kawasaki) and Jed Metcher (Ducati), respectively.

This was the fifth Superstock 1000 title for Ducati (Canepa 2007, Roberts 2008, Simeon 2009, Giugliano 2011). It is also the first Superstock 1000 FIM Cup title for team Barni Racing, with the Italian outfit having finished second in the last two editions of the championship. The team has, however, had significant success in the CIV Italian Superbike championship, winning various titles with Ducati in the Superbike and Superstock 1000 categories each year since 2009.

Quotes:

Leandro “Tati” Mercado – Team Barni Racing #36: “It’s been an absolutely crazy weekend. I made a good start and the practice sessions all went well. But then in qualifying, while out on a new tyre, I crashed.

“At that point, knowing that I was eleventh on the grid today, I knew that it would be extremely difficult to win today. It was clear that the only thing to do was push as hard as possible. I started to make up lost ground, but had to take a lot of risks – I nearly crashed on at least a couple of occasions.

“Then I saw that Savadori had crashed… I want to thank everyone who has helped me to reach this point – Ducati, team Barni Racing, my family and friends, my Argentinian fans. It’s thanks to all of them that I am here today. It’s a dream come true to win the Superstock 1000 title!”

Marco Barnabò – Barni Racing Team Manager: “We are of course extremely happy! We’ve finally won the Stock 1000 championship after having finished in second place on three occasions. Today was very difficult in the wet and we knew we were not in a position to win the race outright.

“But Tati had faith – without his determination we would not have won today. So we thank Tati for the race he made today. He was able to bring the bike to the finish line – yesterday he made a small mistake but there were no mistakes today. I thank the entire team, both the guys working here at the track but also those working hard at home. I thank everyone in Ducati for their constant support – there is great collaboration between us. And special thanks goes to my family, without their help I wouldn’t be able to do this job.”

Ernesto Marinelli – Ducati Superbike Project Director: “The victory of the 1199 Panigale R in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup is extremely important for Ducati and I want to thank Tati for having won the title on what was a very difficult day in terms of track conditions. I thank Marco Barnabò for his constant efforts and collaboration and the entire Barni Racing Team; they have all worked extremely hard all season and deserve this important result.”