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Ducati sedang meraikan pencapaian yang cemerlang pada tahun 2023 dengan melancarkan lima edisi terhad Panigale.

Panigale terhad ini meraikan kemenangan pelumba Bagnaia, Bautista, Bulega, Martin, dan Bezecchi dalam MotoGP, WorldSBK, dan WorldSSP.

Terdapat empat model Panigale V4 dan satu model Panigale V2 dalam rangkaian ini, semuanya dihasilkan dalam siri terhad dan bernombor, disertai dengan tandatangan asli setiap pelumba pada tangki dan sijil keaslian.

Panigale eksklusif ini diperkenalkan dalam acara “Campioni in Festa,” di mana Ducati meraikan musim luar biasanya dan memperkenalkan motosikal terhad tersebut. Setiap model mempamerkan tanda tangan asli pelumba pada tangki, dilindungi oleh lapisan vernis transparent.

Dalam kalangan Panigale V4, tiga daripadanya diubah menjadi edisi tribut kepada motosikal Desmosedici GP milik Francesco Bagnaia (63), Jorge Martin (89), dan Marco Bezzecchi (72) dalam MotoGP.

Model-model ini meraikan kemenangan berturut-turut Ducati di MotoGP pada tahun 2022 dan 2023. Satu lagi Panigale V4R dipersembahkan kepada kemenangan WSBK Alvaro Bautista (19), menandakan dua tahun berturut-turut Ducati berada di puncak WSBK.

Akhirnya, Panigale V2 menghormati motosikal perlumbaan WorldSSP Nicolò Bulega (11), sambutan kemenangan pasukan pada tahun 2023.

Panigale V4 menerima peningkatan yang ketara, termasuk klac kering STM-EVO SBK sembilan cakera, ekzos Akrapovič (2kg lebih ringan daripada standard), sistem brek Brembo yang diperkukuh dengan caliper Stylema R. Footpeg boleh laras aluminium Rizoma, dan plexiglass perlumbaan.

Edisi istimewa Bulega Panigale V2 dilengkapi dengan suspensi Öhlins, ekkos Akrapovič (mengurangkan berat motosikal sebanyak 5kg), footpeg boleh laras aluminium Rizoma, dan pelbagai komponen karbon, termasuk pelindung lumpur depan dan belakang, penutup rantai, pelindung klac, pelindung lengan ayun, dan pelindung penyerap hentak.

Selain itu, Panigale V2 yang didedikasikan untuk Bulega lebih unik dengan memasang kit pelekat nombor dan cermin, serta penutup tangki lumba aluminium yang boleh laras.

Bagi mereka yang berminat untuk mendapatkan edisi terhad ini, harganya adalah seperti berikut:

– Panigale V2 Bulega 2023 World Championship Replica: $43,000 USD – RM210,000 (Terhad kepada 111 unit)
– Panigale V4 Bezzecchi 2023 Racing Replica: $63,000 USD – RM295,000 (Terhad kepada 72 unit)
– Panigale V4 Martin 2023 Racing Replica: $68,000 USD – RM318,000 (Terhad kepada 189 unit)
– Panigale Bautista 2023 World Champion Replica: $68,000 USD – RM318,000 (Terhad kepada 219 unit)
– Panigale V4 Bagnaia 2023 World Champion Replica: $73,000 USD – RM342,000 (Terhad kepada 263 unit)

Penghantaran model-model Panigale Race Replicas 2023 ini dijadualkan bermula pada Julai 2024.

Ducati is celebrating its exceptional performance in 2023 by launching a series of five collector’s limited edition Panigales. These motorcycles pay homage to the triumphs of riders Bagnaia, Bautista, Bulega, Martin, and Bezecchi in MotoGP, WorldSBK, and WorldSSP.

The lineup comprises four Panigale V4 models and one Panigale V2, all produced in a limited and numbered series, with each rider’s authentic signature adorning the tank, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. In addition to the customary features of collector-worthy limited editions, Ducati is including the technical equipment for each model, along with a wooden shipping crate.

These exclusive bikes were unveiled at the “Campioni in Festa” event, where Ducati celebrated its remarkable season and introduced the limited-edition motorcycles. Each model boasts the rider’s original autograph on the tank, protected by a layer of transparent varnish.

Among the Panigale V4s, three have been transformed into tributes honoring the Desmosedici GP bikes of Francesco Bagnaia (63), Jorge Martin (89), and Marco Bezzecchi (72) in MotoGP. These models commemorate Ducati’s consecutive victories at MotoGP in 2022 and 2023. Another Panigale V4R is dedicated to Alvaro Bautista’s (19) WSBK triumphs, marking Ducati’s two consecutive years at the top of WSBK. Lastly, a Panigale V2 pays homage to Nicolò Bulega’s (11) WorldSSP race bike, celebrating the team’s world title win in 2023.

The Panigale V4s receive notable upgrades, featuring a nine-disc STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, an Akrapovič homologated silencer (2kg lighter than the standard), new Brembo braking system, Rizoma billet aluminum adjustable footpegs, and race-grade plexiglass.

The special edition Bulega Panigale V2 is equipped with Öhlins suspension, Akrapovič racing silencers (reducing the bike’s weight by 5kg), adjustable Rizoma billet aluminum footpegs, and various carbon fiber components, including front and rear mudguards, chain guard, clutch cover guard, swingarm guard, and shock absorber guard. Additionally, the Panigale V2 dedicated to Bulega offers further customization with a number plate and mirror removal kit, along with a billet aluminum racing tank cap.

For those interested in acquiring these limited editions, the pricing is as follows:

– Panigale V2 Bulega 2023 World Championship Replica: $43,000 USD or RM210,000 (Limited to 111 units)
– Panigale V4 Bezzecchi 2023 Racing Replica: $63,000 USD – RM295,000 (Limited to 72 units)
– Panigale V4 Martin 2023 Racing Replica: $68,000 USD – RM318,000 (Limited to 189 units)
– Panigale Bautista 2023 World Champion Replica: $68,000 USD – RM318,000 (Limited to 219 units)
– Panigale V4 Bagnaia 2023 World Champion Replica: $73,000 USD – RM342,000 (Limited to 263 units)

Delivery of these 2023 Panigale Race Replicas is scheduled to commence in July 2024.

Pelumba Ducati, Francesco Bagnaia mencetuskan suasana panas di kem MotoGP apabila mendakwa perlu ada jurang antara jentera factory dan satelit dalam satu rakaman video yang dimuat naik ke laman rasmi MotoGP. 

Dalam temu bual tersebut (yang dibuat selepas perlumbaan di GP Perancis), Bagnaia memberi pendapatnya bagaimana untuk mengurangkan risiko kemalangan di peringkat awal perlumbaan. 

“Ada pelumba di belakang yang tidak berpotensi besar, mahu memintas enam pelumba dalam satu lap. Ini tidak boleh berlaku, kerana (di awal perlumbaan) kita semua sudah mencapai had untuk meraih objektif utama. 

“Jika brek saya sudah mencapai had maksimum, terutamanya di peringkat awal perlumbaan, adalah salah (untuk pelumba lain) untuk cuba brek lebih lewat dari itu. 

Bagi Bagnaia kebanyakkan kemalangan berlaku di awal perlumbaan kerana masing-masing dah tak sabar. 

“Jika diperhatikan, insiden seperti ini terutamanya berlaku di bahagian awal perlumbaan. Kita perlu mencai jalan untuk memperbaiki situasi ini kerana ia tidak lagi selamat. 

“Apa yang saya rasakan, ini kerana daripada jentera pertama hingga terakhir, semua boleh menang. Tiada lagi jurang 0.6 hingga 0.7 saat antara jentera factory dan satelit,” tambah Bagnaia. 

Dia kemudiannya membuat kenyataan berikut,” Tahap sekarang cukup ekstrim. Dengan segala aerodinamik, setiap pelumba ada peluang untuk menang. 

“Sebagai contoh, Augusto Fernandez, dia mendapat kedudukan keempat, dia juara dunia (Moto2) tetapi dia masih seorang ‘rookie’ (di MotoGP). 

“Jadi pendapat saya, saya mahu ada jurang antara jentera factory dan satelit. Bagi mengelakkan perkara ini (kemalangan) berlaku,” ujar pertahan juara dunia MotoGP itu. 

Despite finishing ninth in the 2022 MotoGP season-finale at Valencia but it was enough for Francesco Bagnaia to claimed his maiden MotoGP crown. 

  • Francesco Bagnaia is the 2022 MotoGP world champion. 
  • Bagnaia became the first Italian to win the MotoGP on an Italian bike, 50 years after Giacomo Agostini on an MV Agusta in 1972. 

 

It was a nerve-racking moment for the Ducati rider after an endless overtaking at the start of the race with championship contender, Fabio Quartararo saw his right aero winglet flew off which resulted to his GP22 struggling on the track. 

Bagnaia went from chasing the front row to easily getting past by Brand Binder, Joan Mir, Miguel Olveira, Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini before settling for ninth to ensure the 2022 title belongs to him thus ending Ducati’s 15-year title drought since Casey Stoner in 2007.

“When I passed the finish line I just saw the pit board that said I was the world champion and from that moment everything was lighter, more nice and it was incredible.

“My emotion is incredible at this moment. 

“It wasn’t easy because in the fight with Fabio I lost a winglet and from that moment everything was a nightmare.

“Lap by lap I was trying to ride a defensive line but it was very, very hard. 

“It took so long to finish the race but I’m very proud of my team, myself and the work that we did which was incredible,” said Bagnaia. 

 

Bagnaia’s achievement also marked the greatest comeback in MotoGP history, as the Italian was 91 points down midway through the season. Bagnaia also emerged as the first Italian to win the championship on an Italian bike, 50 years after Giacomo Agostini who did it on a MV Agusta.

“I was feeling this weight on my shoulders to give back this title to all my team, to the manufacturer, to Ducati, to Italy,” added Bagnaia. 

Meanwhile, the final round in Valencia saw Alex Rins took his heartfelt win for Suzuki Ecstar who is exiting the championship at the end of the season. Rins is moving to LCR Honda next season, as the Hamamatsu factory team is officially saying goodbye to the championship, for good.

Brad Binder secured a solid second while Jorge Martin, who despite started pole, finished third.

Ducati MotoGP rider Francesco Bagnaia might have taken his Dutch GP win a bit too far as the rider was involved in a car crash in Ibiza, Spain.

  • Bagnaia failed his breathalyzer test after scoring higher than the allowed limit.
  • the Ducati rider went out partying until 3am in the morning. 

The Italian won the Dutch GP last month before the season went into a five-week summer break.

After attending a party with his friend to celebrate his third win of the season, he left at around 3 am while driving. However, at a roundabout, he crashed his car into a ditch.

When the police arrived, he was required to undergo a breathalyzer test; local media outlet Periodico de Ibiza y Formentera reported that he failed the test after recording 0.87 – the legal limit in Spain is 0.5.

The Italian issued a statement via his social media regarding the incident.

“As I was leaving the disco at 3am, I was facing a roundabout when I ended up with the front wheels in a ditch without involving other vehicles or people.

“However, the alcohol test carried out by the police found that the blood alcohol level was higher than what is allowed by Spanish law.

“I am sorry for what happened; I am practically a non-drinker, and it was a serious carelessness that should not have happened. I apologize to everyone, and I can assure you that I have learned my lesson. Never get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Thank you.”

While Bagnaia might regret his action, the rider might face severe repercussions from the law as the act of driving under the influence is a serious offence in country.

Francesco Bagnaia is back to winning ways after claiming a sensational win at the Dutch GP, while Fabio Quartararo crashes twice at Turn 5 on the M1.

  • Bagnaia handed Ducati first win at the Dutch GP since Casey Stoner in 2008.

  • Quartararo crashses twice at Turn 5 before retiring after suffering a violent highside. 

Unlike a week ago, Bagnaia managed to fend off Quartararo on the run to turn one.

Quartararo was then pushed to third by a charging Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, while Bagnaia took the opportunity to widen the gap.

Later on, Quartararo made his first blunder of the season as he crashed into Espargaro at Turn 5 in a rash attempt to regain the time lost to Bagnaia.

The mistake cost him dearly as he was then pushed at the way into last place while Espargaro – who was running second behind Bagnaia – had to make the climb from fifteenth.

However, it wasn’t a ‘down and out’ storyline for the Aprilia rider, as he began lapping five-tenths quicker than the leaders. Espargaro quickly reeled off Alex Marquez and Alex Rins.

Quartararo then made his way to the pit lane before deciding to continue on. However, the Frenchman’s dreadful run comes to an end when his M1 viciously high-sided on the exit of Turn 5.

It was a poor day for Yamaha as three out of four of their riders resulted in a DNF, with Franco Morbidelli and Darryn Binder (RNF Racing) also suffering a crash.

Meanwhile, Marco Bezzechi, who started fourth, took second place with Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales and claimed his first podium of the season on board the RS-GP 22.

Nevertheless, the rider of the day award went to (Aleix) Espargaro, who managed to climb all the way to seventh before making it fourth on the final lap.

The Spaniard produced one of the best overtakes, if not the best of the season when he overtook both Brad Binder and Jack Miller at the final corner.

On the other hand, Quartararo leads the championship with 172 points, followed by Espargaro (151 pts) and Johann Zarco (114 pts). Bagnaia is backed in contention with 106 pts, followed by fellow Ducati Enea Bastianini (105pts).

Pecco Bagnaia takes sensational Italian GP win in Mugello for Ducati ahead of defending MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo.

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Francesco Bagnaia menampilkan aksi mantap di laman sendiri untuk merekodkan kemenangan pertama dalam kariernya di Litar Mugello.

Pelumba Ducati itu yang bermula dipetak kelima ternyata menggunakan pengalaman yang ada untuk mudah memintas barisan pertama yang dibarisi pelumba muda.

Bagnaia terus mendominasi sebahagian besar perlumbaan sebelum melintas garisan penamat sebagai pemenang diikuti tempat kedua, Fabio Quartararo.

Quartararo yang bermula di petak keenam juga tidak berdepan kesukaran untuk menduduki tempat kedua dengan memintas Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini), dan gandingan VR46, Luca Marini serta Marco Bezzechi.

Kedudukan kedua itu terus mengukuhkan tempat Quartararo selaku pendahulu kejuaraan dengan 122 mata selepas lapan pusingan.

Sementara itu, Aleix Espargaro terus cemerlang apabila menamatkan aksi di kedudukan ketiga kali keempat beturut-turut.

Walaupun satu ketika kemaraan disekat Marini dan Bezecchi namun berbekalkan pengalaman, Espargaro berjaya mencari ruang untuk memintas ketika perlumbaan memasuki peringkat penghujung.

Kejayaan Espargaro memastikan dia kekal antara pencabar kejuaraan dengan 114 mata, hanya lapan mata dibelakang Quartararo.

Dalam perkembangan sama, enam kali juara dunia MotoGP, Marc Marquez, berjaya menamatkan aksi di tempat ke-10 yang merupakan penampilan terakhirnya musim ini.

Marquez terpaksa undur diri dari musim 2022 setelah bakal menjalani pembedahan tangan kanan pada Selasa ini sekaligus akan berehat panjang untuk tujuan pemulihan.

Ducati expands its lifestyle collaboration, this time with eyewear marque Carrera for a series of glasses inspired by the Panigale V4.

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Enea Bastianini berjaya menempatkan dirinya dikalangan pencabar kejuaraan musim 2023 setelah merekodkan kemenangan ketiga musim ini di GP Perancis, pada Ahad.

Kemenangan itu juga menyaksikan dirinya disebut sebagai calon yang bakal menggantikan Jack Miller – selain Jorge Martin – di pasukan ‘factory’ Ducati sekaligus bergandingan dengan Francesco Bagnaia musim depan.

Bagaimanapun, Bagnaia dalam satu kenyataan menjelaskan bahawa dia lebih gemar untuk terus digandingkan dengan Jack (Miller).

Bastianni menyifatkan Bagnaia mungkin ada sebabnya tersendiri.

“Saya rasa dia pilih (Jack) Miller sebab dia adalah ketua di Ducati dan dia tahu potensi saya dan Martin. Jadi itu boleh jadi satu masalah kepadanya,” jelas Bastianini.

Namun, Bastianini menjelaskan dia tidak kisah sekiranya terus kekal bersama Gresini yang penting dia dapat beraksi dengan jentera ‘factory’ musim depan.

Sementara itu, Bagnaia ketika ini ketinggalan lebih 44 mata dibelakang pendahulu Fabio Quartararo setelah mengalami kemalangan di Le Mans meskipun mendahului sebahagian besar perlumbaan.

Kemalangan itu menyaksikan Bastianini merekodkan kemenangan ketiga musim ini dengan Miller kedua dan wakil Aprilia, Aleix Espargaro ketiga.

Enea Bastianini charts his third win of the season after conquering French GP in Le Mans ahead of Miller, Espargaro and Quartararo.

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Current factory Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller reportedly open to the possibility of returning to satellite Ducati squad Pramac Racing for 2023.

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