GALLERY: Ducati with a nod to the past as they switch red for yellow at Misano

Saturday, 3 June 2023 11:39 GMT

The Italian manufacturer will run a special livery in Ducati yellow as a tribute to some of their historic bikes from the 1970s

There will be a new colour on the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” during the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship Pirelli Emilia-Romagna Round as the Bologna-based manufacturer switch red for yellow. Unveiled before the start of Race 1 for Racing – Ducati riders Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, the yellow livery pays tribute to some historic bikes from Ducati, including the 750 Sport and 750 SS Desmo in the 1970s, before the yellow livery became more popular in the 1990s. Ducati models including the 916, 996, 749, 999 and 1199 have all been run in the yellow livery. Famously, Pierfrancesco Chilli raced the Ducati 998 RS in yellow and won in 2004 at Misano running a yellow livery while Paolo Casoli led a race using a yellow Ducati at 1996 in Hockenheim, Steve Martin ran it in 2004 and Lorenzo Lanzi claimed a race victory at Valencia in 2008 on a yellow liveried Ducati.

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