New Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition ‘a salute to history’

  • 150kW Superquadro 1299cc in Panigale R chassis
  • Domenicali to present new Ducati at Laguna Seca
  • Davies, Melandri raced in ‘Final Edition’ livery
DUCATI PANIGALI 1299 R Final Edition. Image: Ducati / Newspress
DUCATI PANIGALI 1299 R Final Edition –tribute to the legendary twin-cylinder engine, the most victorious in SBK World Championship history  Image: Ducati / Newspress

PEBBLE BEACH /LAGUNA SECA, California – “An exceptional and exclusive bike, born out of respect and admiration for the engine that has made Ducati history and written the World Superbike championship record books.”

That’s how Ducati described the new 1299 Panigale R Final Edition launched here over the weekend (July 8/9 2017) during Round 8 of the annual World Superbike championship at Laguna Seca.

Ducati describes the machine as “more than just a bike with a dedicated colour scheme or a limited edition”.

DUCATI PANIGALI 1299 R Final Edition. Image: Ducati / Newspress
DUCATI PANIGALI 1299 R Final Edition. Image: Ducati / Newspress

“It’s as eye-catching as it is evocative,” the bike maker said in a media release. “It offers a fitting tribute to Ducati’s iconic twin-cylinder engine which has reached a new peak on this latest bike.”

Ducati, for its world preview, chose Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, to unveil the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition, with race riders Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri in attendance.

‘LIGHTER CAMSHAFT’

“This latest built-in-Bologna gem,” Ducati told Carman’s Corner in a media release, “has unparalleled technology, performance and design and is an off-shoot of the 1299 Superleggera engine capable of 150kW at 11 000rpm.

“It has a lighter crankshaft with a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing pads. The con-rods, like the intake/exhaust valves, are titanium. As on Superbike engines, the two 116mm diameter pistons have only two segments and slide on steel cylinder liners.

“Developed by Ducati Corse, the ultra-compact monocoque structure incorporates the air box and plays a vital role in keeping the dry weight of the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition to 179kg without fuel.”

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The chassis set-up is the same as that of the Panigale R with Öhlins mechanical suspension and a 24° rake.

Equally sophisticated and light, Ducati says, is the all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with high dual silencer (Euro 4 compliant), the same as on the Panigale R that competes in the World Superbike championship.

The electronics package uses a Bosch inertial measurement unit, anti-lock brakes, wheelie control, traction control and engine breaking control. Each can be set using race, sport or wet drive settings.

DUCATI PANIGALI 1299 R Final Edition. Image: Ducati / Newspress
DUCATI PANIGALI 1299 R Final Edition. Image: Ducati / Newspress

“Top-drawer tech content,” the bikemaker adds, “and the all-new tri-colour livery ensure the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is set to gain cult status among Ducati twin-cylinder aficionados.”

Domenicali said during the Laguna Seca presentation: “I’m incredibly proud to present this latest version of our Panigale. Maybe no other motorcycle manufacturer has bound its name so tightly to an engine as Ducati has to its sports twin-cylinder.

“Today we also stand on the cusp of a new era in which our desmodromic system will be used on a new generation of V4 engines derived from extensive experience in MotoGP in which our engine has demonstrated outstanding performance.”

He pointed out that the current twin-cylinder engine has won races in every SBK championship in which it has raced. “Ducati has won 333 races, 17 Constructors’ titles and 14 Rider’s titles since the first by Marco Lucchinelli on April 3 1988 with an 851 at Donington Park (the first World championship for modified production models) to the 2017 wins by Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri on the Panigale R.”

The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition went on display on Saturday (July 8) at both Ducati Island (the space Ducati traditionally sets aside for its fans during American events) and inside the Paddock Show.

Full Race 1 result from Round 8 of the 2017 World Superbike championship at Laguna Seca, United States, beneath image.

DUCATI PANIGALI 1299 R Final Edition. Image: Ducati / Newspress
DUCATI PANIGALI 1299 R Final Edition. Image: Ducati / Newspress

1 Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R 25 laps
2 Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR +1.202sec
3 Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR +5.789sec
4 Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R +7.574sec
5 Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati Panigale R +21.159sec
6 Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR +23.016sec
7 Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR +31.986sec
8 Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 +32.933sec
9 Leandro Mercado ARG IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 +35.936sec
10 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 +36.912sec
11 Stefan Bradl GER Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 +44.961sec
12. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R +45.203sec
13 Raffaele De Rosa ITA Althea BMW S1000RR +45.901sec
14 Alex de Angelis SMR Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +46.043sec
15 Jake Gagne USA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 +46.805sec
16 Ayrton Badovini ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +54.463sec
17 Randy Krummenacher SWI Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10RR +56.989sec
18 Jakub Smrz CZE Guandalini Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m+
19 Ondrej Jezek CZE Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1m+

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