Ducati has an undoubted pedigree in Superbike racing in the UK. Since Ducati won its first title in 1995 with Steve Hislop, Ducati have gone on to win at total of 12 Championships. Their nearest rival Yamaha has only managed to accumulate 6 championship wins and all its rivals put together have only managed 14.
Ducati’s purple patch was unquestionably from 1999 until 2003 when Ducati won 5 consecutive titles in the hands of such riders as Troy Bayliss, Neil Hodgson, John Reynolds, Steve Hislop and Shane Byrne, Bryne would go onto win 5 of his 6 titles on a Ducati.
In the last two years Ducati has begun to dominate again with the V4 R Panigale. In 2019, the V4 won 85% of the 26 races and the shortened season of 2020 still saw Ducati win more than half the races, with the titles going to Scott Redding and this year’s champion, Josh Brookes.
The V4 R Panigale also showed its reliability with no technical faults for the VisionTrack Ducati during its competitive season.
The V4 R Panigale is the flagship model for the V4 Panigale range, but the V4 is not only about racing it also shows its prowess on the road as well as the track. MCN’s 2018 machine of the year has continued to be developed and is still the best-selling Superbike in the world.
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Ducati and Ducati Corse engineers have taken feedback from customers worldwide and experience from the British and World Superbike Championships to improve the customer experience. The 2020 version of the Panigale V4 boosts performance even further and takes track riding to the next level for amateurs and pros alike. A series of refinements make for an easier, more user-friendly, less fatiguing ride while simultaneously making the bike faster not just on individual laps but over entire timed sessions
The analysis of customer and race feedback has led to a series of aerodynamic, chassis, electronic control and Ride by Wire mapping changes: designed to increase stability and turn-in speed, these changes make it easier to close corners and ensure riders enjoy more confident throttle control. The Panigale V4 is now equipped with content taken from the V4 R. For example, the aerodynamic package provides enhanced airflow protection and improves overall vehicle stability, enhancing confidence. The Front Frame, instead, modifies stiffness to give better front-end 'feel' at extreme lean angles and an electronics package that enhances the unique experience of a Panigale V4.
The 2020 Panigale is a result of some of the incredible experience gained from race tracks and roads around the world. It is the Superbike to beat.
*Race photography courtesy of Bonnie Lane
*On road imagery courtesy of MCN