Ducati’s first cruiser in decades has turned out to be a great success. Using the potent Testastretta 11° powerplant, the Diavel is lacking for neither grunt nor raw horsepower. Yes, it has to be revved up a bit to access its nearly 100 ft/lbs or torque and 160+ horsepower, but there’s plenty of power off-peak.
Imola is considered a “home” track for the Borgo Panigale-based Ducati, and the 1199 R did nothing but impress all weekend. Aruba.it Racing Ducati’s Chaz Davies completely dominated the round, topping free practice, earning the Superpole, and both 18-lap races on Saturday and Sunday.
2016 Ducati 959 Panigale | Buyer’s GuideThe “entry level” Panigale from Ducati is anything but a full-fledged Supersport bike. Using the same 60.8mm stroke as the 1299 and 1199 Superquadro motors, the 959 gets by with a 100mm bore, giving it a displacement of 955cc.
For riders looking to compete in World Superbike competition, the 2016 Ducati Panigale R is an impressive choice of mount. Using the WSBK-legal 1198cc Superquadro motor that puts out a startling 205 horsepower in street-legal trim, the Panigale R is truly a race bike in light disguise.
Ahead of Austin MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas, we reported that Jorge Lorenzo was expected to join Ducati, and the news should break ahead of round four in Jerez.
Just over a week later, these expectations were confirmed – the reigning MotoGP Champion has signed with Ducati to ride through the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP Championships.
The Ducati XDiavel is an announcement—Ducati has created a cruiser with the heart and passion that embodies the platform. What was initially a foot in the door of the cruiser segment by the Italian marque is now a permanent residency.
If you like close competition, the Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas is not going to be on your list of great races in MotoGP history. Of course, with all the riders sliding out on the still-developing Michelin tires, there was plenty of drama for the hard-core fans, and that’s what we are, aren’t we?
Yamaha obviously wants to retain Jorge Lorenzo, but the Spaniard has until round four at Jerez to decide. But rumors are heavy that Lorenzo will sign with Ducati, which can create an ideal situation for both parties – Lorenzo just may be able the perfect pilot to prove the performance of the Desmo.
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