If you had told me that our beloved Ducati – with their legendary track record in World Superbike and MotoGP, along with their lineage to great riders like Carl Fogarty, Troy Bayliss, Doug Polen, and now Valentino Rossi, to name just a few who have ridden the Bologna bullets – was going to roll a full blown cruiser out of the vaunted Italian factory, I wouldn’t have
Baylisstic 1198 S
The new Ducati 1198 is the most evident example of the philosophy Ducati adheres to in distributing racing technology to us. At the fantastic new Portimao circuit, Ducati also shared another jewel with us in Troy Bayliss showing the way around the track. That’s not everyday stuff, and neither is the Ducati 1198 S.
Baylisstic Ducati 1198 S
The 2009 Ducati 1198 S barks to life like a vicious animal. It’s narrow and agile, like a cheetah, but with the roar of a lion. This contrast makes it into an event in itself just pushing the starter button. So the massive Ducati 1198cc L-twin roars to life in a way that would intimidate even those riding liter in-line fours. The Ducati 1198 S is, put simply, exciting from beginning to end.
BRNO – 10th ROUND – 24, 25 and 26 JULY 2009
Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) added another Superpole scalp to his crown as he took his ninth trophy of the year, one away from Doug Polen’s 1991 record for Ducati, at the difficult Brno circuit in the Czech Republic. The Texan’s time of 1 minute 58. 868 seconds was the quickest seen all weekend so far but was still half a second away from the circuit best lap held by Troy Bayliss. The Yamaha rider didn’t have it all his own way however as he was pushed hard by Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing).
The Australian rider, who will follow this weekend’s Superbike action at Monza from the Ducati garage, will test the Desmosedici GP9 from May 12th to 14th at the Italian circuit of Mugello, alongside the team’s official MotoGP test rider Vittoriano Guareschi.
The test has been planned for a while and will be repeated during the year at future official sessions of the Test Team. Ducati can thus count on the feedback of a three times world champion, whose talent and experience will contribute to the continuous development work carried out on the Desmosedici GP9 and GP10.
South Africa, Ducati, and Troy Bayliss. Great motorcycle expectations, indeed. The thing about expectations-they generally end up being either satisfied or disappointed, but rarely exceeded. But occasionally, if you are fortunate, expectations will be not only brilliantly surprised but also beautifully surpassed.
One of the surprises was South Africa. Ducati chose Kyalami Race Track located in the suburbs north of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa for the official introduction of its new 1098 superbike.
Suzuki’s GSX-R lineup changed the world upon its debut. Well, the motorcycling world anyway. Launched (literally) in 1985/86, the first year saw the debut of a blue-and-white 750cc machine. Radically different from anything up until then, it matched a stunningly light weight with a high horsepower engine and a racer’s ergonomics. In 1987, Suzuki brought forth a sibling–the 1100cc version complete with electronic anti-dive suspension and even more power.