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Old Feb 8th 2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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Watch out Ducati 1199, Aprilia is upgrading

Aprilia to replace the RSV4 Factory at the end of 2013

New replacement for the RSV4? We will see. Level the playing field once again

1199 killer? Let the horsepower wars begin.
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Old Feb 8th 2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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Interesting.

I expect Ducati to still win in the design department.

Instead of more horsepower, I wish they would continue to find ways to make the bikes lighter. I prefer power to weight ratio IMHO.
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Old Feb 8th 2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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Interesting.

I expect Ducati to still win in the design department.

Instead of more horsepower, I wish they would continue to find ways to make the bikes lighter. I prefer power to weight ratio IMHO.
Aprilia will most likely stick to the traditional frame. It will be interesting to see how it plays out for sure. Don't get me wrong the Ducati is beautiful. I still want to ride one for myself. I just hope they don't get any smaller
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So that bike will be for the 2014 season. Yawn, that's 2 years away. I certainly hope the competition does something in 2 years. The 1199R will most likely be out next year.
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that is exciting, as i am also a big fan of the RSV4, love everything about it. but to be honest, i would be much more interested in the upcoming "799" or a baby RSV4, i agree with Duc on the power to weight ratio, if they can make these babies under 400lbs wet, when i would trade in the 1199 in a heart beat.
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Good if Aprilia can keep Ducati honest.

Will keep SBK interesting

Personally, I wouldn't buy another. If I wanted to make friends with lots of service and parts guys, I would have been a mechanic
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Good if Aprilia can keep Ducati honest.

Will keep SBK interesting

Personally, I wouldn't buy another. If I wanted to make friends with lots of service and parts guys, I would have been a mechanic
Ducati isn't running in SBK anymore.
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Ducati isn't running in SBK anymore.
Ducatis are running and already a Panigale in Superstock series.

The factory will return at some stage, I'm sure
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Ducatis are running and already a Panigale in Superstock series.

The factory will return at some stage, I'm sure
Yeah sorry that's what I meant, the 1199 won't be in SBK, only FIM.
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Originally Posted by FrostyFire View Post
Yeah sorry that's what I meant, the 1199 won't be in SBK, only FIM.
Like DORNA for MotoGP, FIM run the the WSBK, super sport and superstock 1000 race series, to name a few.

At the moment, Ducati will not run the 1199 in WSBK till the 2013 season. They have opted to keep Checa on the 1198 (1098r) while competing the 1199 in the superstock 1000 and some national level superbike series. I'm sure there are many factors to why Ducati is taking the route (Rossi and Burgess's salary?), but one will be all the additional development data and time they'll get to tune the WSBK version, without the cost of running a fully supported factory team in WSBK.

It may be a calculated risk, as I know some will criticise Ducati for doiing this, but as Del Torchio has said, Ducati is not in a race series to participate, they are in it to win.
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