Ducati sering kali muncul dalam berita baru-baru ini setelah mereka mengumumkan bahawa mereka akan membuat satu pengumuman besar pada tarikh 7 Julai yang akan tiba nanti di litar Laguna Seca ketika pusingan MotoGP yang akan berlangsung di sana.


Ducati has been making waves recently after it announced that it will be making a huge announcement coming July 7th at the Laguna Seca round of MotoGP (read what the big news is here).

There is no doubt that the time is up for the Ducati Panigale, and a replacement is right around the corner. UK based motorcycling media and all-round cool guys MCN (Motorcycle News) got their hands on these set of photos showing what could be the replacement to the Panigale.

There have been rumours flying around for awhile now that the next Ducati superbike will be powered by a V4 engine, just as the Ducati MotoGP race bike. It is no secret that the Ducati Superquaddro L-Twin has shown its limitations over the years in terms of power, efficiency and emissions. And Ducati needs to introduce something faster, gnarlier and all out better than the Panigale. A bike that does a better job at bridging the gap between race and road.

The report by MCN quoted Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali as saying, “I confirm Ducati is working on a four-cylinder engine project for a road bike,” a few months ago.

This is also huge news for the Ducati WSB team, who will also get the new V4 but not until 2019. Paulo Ciabati confirmed this, “We will race the Panigale for 2017 and 2018, so obviously we will keep developing the engine to be competitive.”

The next generation Ducati road bike will undoubtedly receive even more motorsport know how than the Panigale. Speaking about the new bike, Domenicali continued to say, “the engine development that we have made in MotoGP is exceptional – we have an engine that is very light, very reliable, and with a lot of very interesting technology. We are seriously thinking about making that available to regular customers because it is really a masterpiece of engineering – of course translated into something that can be sold at a reasonable, but premium, price – so it will not be exotic like the Desmosedici, but a more regular high-end sports bike. We would absolutely race this in WSB.”

So with that said, it is clear that the new V4 engine will be below the 1000cc mark due to WSB engine regulations, but bike makers usually create a special homologation edition. Just like the current Panigale, there could be a 1000cc V4 model carrying an R somewhere in its name. And just like the current Panigale, there will likely be two more models – a standard and probably an S model – which could be powered by a 1200cc V4 engine.

And the bike in these pictures is quite clearly a well developed test mule, and is most definitely the upcoming V4. Featuring styling that can be used both on road and on track, and quite obviously an evolution to the styling of the Panigale, and with news that the final edition Panigale is just a few days away from its global introduction, this is surely the next generation Ducati superbike.

So what is known about this bike? Well firstly it ditches the Panigale’s monocoque ‘frameless’ design for a conventional twin-spar cast frame. It is around half the size of a normal frame. Also the design of the new bike is obviously different but similar, stalkier than the Panigale but different to the Ducati race bikes, the new Ducati sports bike is a lot beefier than ever, and similar to the width of four-cylindered Japanese bikes.

The lights too are completely different and the headlamps together with the sidelights have been repositioned inside the air intake ports, apparently given away by one of the LED headlamps seen in the photo below and above. The photos also show that the rear shock has been repositioned and is now placed behind the rider’s left ankle.

We will bring you the latest on this bike as news hits the internet.

Sister site to MCN, Australian based AMCN (Australian Motorcycle News) has released the rendering below of the upcoming Ducati V4 Superbike. It is not known how close it is to the real bike, but it looks pretty damn good!

Story and photo credits: MCN












Berita sedih telah tersebar di kalangan para penggemar sukan permotoran sejak awal pagi hari ini. Nicky Hayden telah disahkan meninggal dunia. Juara dunia MotoGP 2006 itu telah terlibat dalam satu kemalangan jalanraya ketika beliau sedang menunggang basikalnya.


Nicky Hayden has sadly succumbed to his injuries. The 2006 MotoGP world champion was involved in a road traffic accident last Wednesday while riding a bicycle.

The 35-year old American was hit by a car near Misano circuit in Rimini, Italy.

Hayden had switched to World Superbike Championship in 2015 but also appeared in MotoGP twice last year.

Hayden had sustained severe head, chest and pelvic injuries and was transported first to a local hospital and then to the intensive care unit of a major hospital in Italy.

Hayden’s condition never improved.

He will be forever remembered as a world champion who only won three MotoGP races. The Kentucky Kid as he is lovingly known, racked up six second place finishes and 19 third place finishes in his career, with a total of 28 podium finishes.

Hayden was team-mate to some of the all time greats including Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, both of who he was good friends with.

Rossi hailed Hayden as “one of the best friends I’ve ever had in the paddock.”

Hayden and Rossi share a special relationship as the American was the one who ended the Italian’s run of five consecutive MotoGP titles in 2006.

Hayden was one of the few motorcycle racers who enjoyed success both in MotoGP and in WSBK.

With his passing, the sport, both MotoGP and WSBK, no longer has an American racing in the series.

We at Bikes Republic are devastated by the news. It’s a dark day for motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere.

  • WorldSBK sedang mempertimbangkan untuk memperkenalkan pakej elektronik yang diselaras bagi kesemua motosikal yang bertanding dalam perlumbaan.
  • Idea ini telah diutarakan untuk menjadikan sukan ini lebih berdaya saing dan mengujakan buat pasukan dan penunggang yang mengambil bahagian dan juga untuk para penonton.
  • ECU yang diselaras spesifikasinya ini diharapkan dapat memberikan peluang kepada pasukan dan penunggang lain untuk muncul di atas podium memandangkan lima pusingan pertama musim 2017 dengan jelas sekali dikuasai oleh Kawasaki dan juga Ducati.




  • Pelumba WorldSBK Racing Chaz Davies telah mengemudi jentera Ducati 1199 Panigale R-nya ke kedudukan pertama atas podium dalam kedua-dua perlumbaan hujung minggu lalu di pusingan Motul Itali.
  • Davies berjaya mengekang kemaraan Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing) di Litar Imola yang telah menamatkan perlumbaannya di tempat kedua untuk kedua-dua perlumbaan.
  • Marco Melandri dan Tom Sykes masing-masing menamatkan perlumbaan di tempat ketida dan keempat di Perlumbaan 1 dan bertukar posisi di Perlumbaan 2.


The WorldSBK scene is considering introducing a standardised electronic package for all bikes competing in the races.

This has been brought into light to make the sport more competitive and exciting for teams and riders taking parts and also for the spectators as well.

The regulated spec-ECU hopes to give a fighting chance for other teams and riders to make it on podium as the first five rounds of 2017 were clearly dominated by only Kawasaki and Ducati.

The WorldSBK has been going through a few evolutions for the past couple of years to make sure that the motorsport is up to date with current times. With the introduction of the new starting line up where the podium finishers in Race 1 will start from the third row in reversed order, the WorldSBK is doing everything they can to make the races as interesting as they can be.

Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team

[button color=”” size=”” type=”3d” target=”blank” link=””]CLICK HERE[/button] to know more about the new race configuration for Race 2 with reversed order.

Now, rumours are floating around the garages that they will be introducing a standard ECU (Electronic Control Unit) for 2018 in hopes that the races will give a fair competition to all manufacturers and teams in the WorldSBK arena. This option has been discussed for a while now to make the race more exciting and competitive for all competitors in the field.

The other reason why some folks are calling out for the unified electronic packages is probably due to the fact that the sport is being dominated by the likes of Ducati and Kawasaki. All 10 races in the past five rounds since the start of the 2017 season has clearly being conquered by Jonathan Rea from Kawasaki Racing Team and Chaz Davies from Racing Ducati squad.

[button color=”” size=”” type=”3d” target=”blank” link=””]CLICK HERE[/button] to check out the race results from the previous round at Imola, Italy.

Actually, the podiums finishes for all of the 2017 races so far are all shared between just four different riders; Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes from Kawasaki, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri from Ducati. No other manufacturers have stepped up to the podium spot so far.

This is probably due to the fact that Kawasaki and Ducati have the necessary funds and manpower to develop superior electronic packages for their bikes and riders while other manufacturers are somewhat limited in those two aspects. So, we can understand why there’s a calling for a standardised electronic package like MotoGP to even out the playing field.

All in all, there’s one question remains. Will the spec-ECU help the sport or will it affect the overall development of the manufacturer’s products when they go on sale in their respective showrooms? Well, race wins are a good way to promote the brands and products and those participating in the races do want to win.

We will only know in the near future whether the spec-ECU will be implemented in the world superbikes championship as how it is in MotoGP. One thing is for sure, an even playing field offers a much more interesting race instead of just seeing either green or red on crossing the finish lines time and time again.

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Source: Asphalt & Rubber

WorldSBK Racing rider Chaz Davies took his Ducati 1199 Panigale R to the top of the podium in both races last weekend at the Motul Italian round.

Davies managed to fend off Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) at the Imola Circuit who crossed the chequered flag in P2 for both races.

Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes finished in P3 and P4 respectively in Race 1 but switched positions in Race 2.

The fifth WorldSBK round over at Imola saw Chaz Davies dominating the entire field with his Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R for both races in the Motul Italian Round yesterday. The number 7 rider orchestrated a text book win in Race 1 where Davies started from pole position and was never challenged for the top podium spot throughout the entire race. (more…)


  • Chaz Davies meraih kemenangan sulungnya dalam WorldSBK bagi tahun 2017 dalam Perlumbaan 2 di Aragon semalam di atas jentera Ducati 1199 Panigale
  • Kedua-dua penunggang Racing (Davies dan Melandri) mencatatkan kedudukan podium berganda dalam kedua-dua perlumbaan
  • Jonathan Rea menyudahi Perlumbaan 2 di tempat kedua di hadapan Marco Melandri


  • Chaz Davies took his first WorldSBK victory of 2017 in Race 2 at Aragon yesterday on board his Ducati 1199 Panigale R

  • Both Aruba it.Racing Ducati riders (Davies and Melandri) scored double podiums in both races

  • Jonathan Rea finished a close second ahead of Marco Melandri in Race 2

It was a glorious day yesterday for the Racing team where both of their riders, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri scored double podiums in both WorldSBK races over at Aragon this past weekend. It was an even bigger achievement for Davies who managed to break Jonathan Rea’s winning streak after his Race 1 victory on Saturday. (more…)

  • Rea maintains a perfect record of four straight victories

  • Tom Sykes scored podium spots for both races in Buriram

  • Both Racing team riders scored one podium spot individually

It was a great day filled with drama and events especially for WorldSBK rider Jonathan Rea in Round Two of the 2017 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship. After finishing on top in Race 1 yesterday, the Kawasaki Racing Team rider continued his assault with another victory in Race 2 making a total of four straight victories for the 30 year old Brit rider. (more…)

  • Rea from Kawasaki Racing Team wins Race 1 from pole position

  • Chaz Davies finished second and Tom Sykes placed third

    From left: Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes

It was a brilliant season opener for the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship with Jonathan Rea from Kawasaki Racing Team winning the first race at Phillip Island. Rea won the race from pole position but not without a few great fights from a number of different riders. Chaz Davies came in strong in second with just 0.042 seconds between him and Rea. The other Kawasaki Racing team rider and Rea’s team mate, Tom Sykes, completed the podium in third place. (more…)


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