It Looks Like The Ducati 1299 Panigale Is On The Way Out!
Say goodbye to an old friend, because the Ducati 1299 Panigale is being phased out.
Published June 20, 2017
We already knew that a was probably on the cards and that the phasing out of the Ducati 1299 Panigale was likely – but we didn’t expect it to happen so soon. It hasn’t been explicitly said, but if you take a look at this little teaser video from Ducati at the bottom of the page, you’d have to be a bit simple not to connect the dots. From what it looks like, it seems that it’s time wave a final arrivederci to the , the world’s favorite Italian v-twin.
Why Is It The End For The Ducati 1299 Panigale?
“But why?” you may ask, and there are a couple of answers that might solve the riddle. Firstly, it all comes down to racing. Ducati’s GP177 is currently kicking proverbial ass in the MotoGP World Championship, and that Desmo is a prototype V4 racer. It’s all very well winning on Sunday when you’ve got nothing similar to sell to the public on Monday. And what about that World Superbike Championship, eh? Well, to try and keep a level playing field, Dorna want to bring all the teams into line. That means Ducati are going to have to follow the trend and throw in a four-cylinder machine. But as per WSBK rules, Ducati actually have to properly homologate their bike, so it would need to be for civilian consumption too.
And what about that that we’ve all heard so much about? If you’re a regular follower of the TT, you’ll know that Ducati have zero presence. The last great result they managed to pick up was an ill-fated tenth place a handful of years ago, and we all know why it didn’t work: there’s no room for a twin in that race. However, if Ducati pull out a consumer friendly V4, then the game changes. Ducati will be able to attack the TT, finally.
The Goodbye Video
But that’s all in the future. What about now? Our guess is that Ducati are going to throw one final Panigale model into the mix: a celebratory model that really cements the Panigale’s place in motorcycling history. We’ve already seen a fantastic “special” Panigale this year in the form of the …so how are they going to top that? We shall have to wait and see. The grant unveiling looks set to be on July 7th. Hey, wait a minute! That’s the same day as the Laguna Seca WSBK race…Coincidence? We think not.