Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, speaking with veteran motojournalist David Emmett at last week’s MotoGP launch, confirmed that Ducati’s next Superbike will be a V-Four:  “The engine development we have made in MotoGP has been exceptional. We have an engine which is very reliable, very light, compact and has a lot of interesting technology. We are seriously thinking of introducing it to regular customers, as it is a masterpiece of engineering.”

Unlike the Desmosedici, Domenicali says the new one will have a “reasonable, if premium price”. Ducati Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti poured more gas on the fire by stating that, “for sure we will race with the Panigale for 2017 and 2018,” which would suggest we could see the new V-Four within the next year or two.

Read Emmett’s whole story here.