As expected, MotoGP organizers have officially lifted the rule barring rookies from racing for factory teams, but the Grand Prix Commission also tweaked some other regulations including a cap on factory prototype machines. We’ve discussed the lifting of the rookie rule already, with the main impetus being to allow a manufacturer such as Honda to […]
Ducati 1199 Panigale On The Dyno
Italian magazine Motociclismo is one of the largest and most influential motorcycle publications in all of Europe, and they’ve captured this clip of a Ducati test rider running the new 1199 Panigale on the dyno.
Rider wearing full gear aside (he even flips down his faceshield!), what sticks out to me is how quickly the new Superquadro engine accelerates through its rev range. I was also impressed at the length it took before the rev limiter was reached. I’ve seen my fair share of Ducati’s on the dyno, and it’s clear to me the Superquadro’s oversquare dimensions give it a higher redline than any of them.
Whatever power that engine made is being kept close to heart. Ducati claims figures nearing 200 horsepower at the crankshaft. Time will tell. The press introduction for the 1199 Panigale is set for next month in Abu Dhabi, and we’ll be there to ride what’s easily the most anticipated motorcycle of 2012. Check back then for a full ride report.
In the meantime, this video should whet the appetite.
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