With World Ducati Week 2018 throttling into the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this weekend (July 20-22), the Borgo Panigale manufacturer is set to put 12 special Panigale V4 S superbikes on the block.But not before some racing; the V4s will be used by by Ducati’s most notorious riders – including Troy Bayliss – during a special Race of Champions on Saturday, July 21. The race will be broadcast live on the Sky Sport Italia satellite channel, which is dedicated to MotoGP.
Each bike will don livery similar to each rider’s competition motorcycles within the World Superbike and MotoGP series.The riders are:
Following the race, each bike – all special one-offs – will be available for purchase via eBay auction.To accompany this special sale, eBay is setting up a Ducati Store with a Race of Champions theme.Ducati says a plaque on the steering yoke will show the rider’s name and race number. His autograph will be written in indelible ink on the tank before the race gets under way. A certificate of authenticity, signed directly by Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, will give the purchase added value.The bikes also feature a series of special components used during the Race of Champions and a complete set of original parts, exhausts included, required for legal road use.Read our review of the Ducati Panigale V4 S.
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This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!