“Ducati 1199 Panigale RS13 Superbike” is the exact name of Ducati’s racing weapon that will be debuting next season in the 2013 World Superbike championship.
A year after its launch and tweleve months of development (between World Superstock, BSB, IDM) the most extreme version of Borgo Panigale’s latest mean machine is finally ready to be taken to the world stage, where three riders will try to take it to victory, Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini under the banner of the new Ducati Alstare Team run by Francis Batta, plus WSBK returnee Max Neukirchner with new MR Team run Mario Rubatto.
To present the 1199 Panigale RS13, Ducati has released this official teaser video with footage taken at the Misano and Mugello circuits with Carlos Checa, former three-time Superbike champion Troy Bayliss and also a couple of shots of Danilo Petrucci (IodaRacing).
The Panigale is an extraordinary beautiful twin cylinder racing machine, but will it be able to go head-to-head with the already highly competitive Kawasaki and Aprilia, when Carlos Checa (he could be sandbagging) has already said that the bike has great potential, but still has limits, and the 17-inch tires are more favourable to the 4 cylinders? Only the timesheets will give us an answer when the new season rolls around next February.