March 23, 2017 By C! Magazine Staff

Ducati 1299 Superleggera

A Production-Class Champion

Days after Ducati’s first deliveries of the 1299 Superleggera, this new model just achieved something that was totally unexpected of a production-class bike. During a Superbike qualification run at the “Pan Delta Series” in China, the 1299 achieved a podium finish in the first race with Alessandro Valia on the saddle!

The motorcycle enrolled in the Chinese Superbike competition (closely followed by the public and the media) was a street-legal model, challenging motorcycles specially configured with the technical specifications allowed by WSBK regulations. The “Pan Delta Series” is divided into two classes of competition: the “Open A” , where there are no restrictions in terms of modifications, and the “Open B” class, in which only stock bikes can participate. Ducati decided to enroll the 1299 Superleggera in the Open A class to prove its racing capability.

With the 1299 Superleggera, Ducati takes the world of road Supersport bikes to levels that were unheard of until now: the Superleggera is the first ever factory bike to be equipped with a carbon fibre frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels. The 1299 Superleggera is a gem of engineering, technology and performance. No motorcycle manufacturer has ever produced a factory bike quite like it, available in a limited edition of only 500 units.
And underneath that carbon fibre skin lies the highest-performing version of the Superquadro. Thanks to its 215 hp, the desmodromic engine on the 1299 Superleggera is the most powerful factory twin-cylinder ever built; it incorporates the ultimate levels of Ducati technology. The bikes, already sold or booked even before its official presentation at EICMA 2016, are currently in production and soon will begin to be delivered to the fortunate Ducati connoisseur.

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