We’ve already reported on the Ducati 1199 Panigale’s domestic racing debut (and first race victory) but the 1098 successor has finally made its international racing debut in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup.
Barni Racing‘s Eddi La Marra captured pole position on the Ducati 1199 Panigale and led for the first six laps before the race was red-flagged after Team Brazil racer Heber Pedrosa crashed his Kawasaki ZX-10R.
The race was restarted as a five-lap sprint. La Marra jumped out to an early lead but was passed on the second lap by MRS Kawasaki rider Loris Baz. Baz and La Marra battled for the lead over the third lap but on Lap 4, Sylvain Barrier of BMW Motor Italia snuck past first La Marra and then Baz to take the lead for good.
Barrier would take the win by 0.700 seconds ahead of Baz. La Marra was next in third, 1.098 seconds behind Barrier.
A single race – and a shortened red-flag one at that – is a very small sample size but overall the Ducati 1199 Panigale’s debut can be considered positive, with a podium and a pole position.
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[Source: World Superbike (YouTube), Barni Racing]
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Makes Racing Debut