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2015-01-12 11:18

TESTING IN MUGELLO: Alessandro Valia clocks a lap time of 1min55.3 during testing of Ducati's new Panigale at the Mugello circuit in Italy. Image: Ducati

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BOLOGNA, Italy - For Ducati, 2015 has opened with the new Panigale, a superbike the bikemaker says it has characterised with top-level components, performance and iconic design.

Ducati official test rider Alessandro Valia has given some of his first impressions.

'BEST LAP THAT SHOCKED ME'

Valia said: "With the new Panigale I expected an increase in performance but the final result has surpassed those expectations. During my first test of the 1299 Panigale S on the Mugello circuit, in fact, I managed a best lap that shocked me: 1min55.03.

“That’s a really incredible time for a production bike - with lights, turn signals, and mirrors - made possible thanks in part by the powerful thrust from the new 1285cc Superquadro engine with 152kW.”

With a bore of 116mm and stroke of 60.8mm, he added, the engine had a unique a bore/stroke ratio of 1.91. In fact the new twin-cylinder Superquadro was named for this exaggerated bore/stroke ratio.

Torque has been increased to 144.6Nm.

Valia explained: "Also fundamental are the improvements to the bike's frame. The new steering-head angle and other changes to geometry have produced tangible benefits, especially for large-radius curves, making the front end more stable, precise, and effective in finishing turns."

FOR TRACK OR OPEN ROAD

The swing-arm pivot point has been changed to optimise rear-tyre grip and the steering-head angle has been reduced by a half-degree for better handling and more agile cornering.

"Thanks to the new Ohlins Smart EC suspension (see diagram below), which includes a very useful electronic steering damper, the 1299 is able to move seamlessly from maximum track performance to comfortable road use, making even the return trip to Bologna a pleasure despite the bumpy roads which characterize the Giogo and Futa passes.”

Valia said the event-based mode adapted the suspension instantly to various riding events:  "For example, under braking, it stiffens the front fork's damping, then softens it as the bike accelerates.”


THE SUSPENSION BITS: The 1299 Panigale S has an exclusive semi-active Öhlins Smart electronically controlled suspension which works with a Bosch inertial platform to dynamically respond to how the bike is ridden.

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