Ducati’s Sporting Director offers insight into 2019 bike
Interest and intrigue is continuing to build around Ducati’s new Panigale V4, as the Bologna factory are set to race with the four cylinder in 2019 with Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista at the helm.
Speaking to MotoGP’s pit lane reporter Simon Crafar this weekend at Misano World Circuit, Paolo Ciabatti reveals information regarding their latest testing of the new bike. Calling in the skills of their official test rider Michele Pirro, the first tests are positive and work is well underway to get the bike competitive in time for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship 2019 season opener.
Speaking to WorldSBK.com back in August, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) explained he was yet to swing his leg over the new bike, and the factory want it to be ‘really ready’ before they unleash the beast.
Ciabatti explains their progress with the V4 so far: “We are at the stage of development of the new Panigale V4 Superbike which needed a very fast rider to assess the level of the bike. The test was very positive, but there are still a few details we need to fix. We are very happy as there are still a few minor things we need to work on, but the bike was definitely faster than the twin. We had one of Chaz Davies’ current bikes there as Michele was testing both, so he did a back to back test. The V4 is already faster, which is a very good point and I think we reached a very satisfactory level, still some time to fix a few items but all in all the project seems to be very competitive.”
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