The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team unveiled the 2019 colors of their all-new Ducati Panigale V4 R during an official presentation that was held at the Aruba’s Global Cloud Data Center in Ponte San Pietro (Bergamo) in Italy in front of their guests and the media.
To lift the covers on their all red Ducati beasts were Stefano Cecconi, Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team Principal, and Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding CEO, who also introduced the event remembering the important achievement made by the Panigale R from its debut in 2013 until its last season in 2018, before it will be replaced this year with the first-ever Superbike with a V4 engine produced by the Bologna manufacturer.
“Today is the beginning of a new adventure,” commented Domenicali. “With the Panigale R, we won 28 races and took 107 podiums, but now we are moving forward with a new bike with an engine that brought us already a lot of success in MotoGP™. We are happy to continue to develop our Superbike, because it pushes us to produce extraordinary products for the market, too.”
Joining the presentation and sitting in the saddle of their Ducati Panigale V4 R, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati riders Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista gave their first impressions on the new bike, following their recent experience on track at the four days of testing held at Jerez and Portimao at the end of January.
“We had our first taste of all the potential of the new bike, and all that we have seen is amazing,” said Davies. “It is difficult to compare the new bike to the old one because this was designed for the track. It is very easy to ride, and I was able to find the feeling with it very quickly. I am very positive, and I can’t wait to race with it”.
“After so many years in MotoGP™ now I have a new challenge set ahead of me, and I am really motivated,” said Bautista. “In Ducati, I have found a good family. They trust me, and I am so happy to be here. I hope to get a lot of fun here, and I will try to do all my best. I was really surprised after riding the WorldSBK machine. It is very different riding it compared to the MotoGP™, but the lap times are similar. You can be very fast with the Superbike, too. Now we will see what it will happen this year.”
The Ducati Panigale V4 R will debut in the 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island on February 22-24. Their only outing in the United States will take place at the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica on July 12-14. Davies is a three-time winner of the event.
Ducati fans have the additional opportunity to be part of the Ducati Island special. For $179, a three-day general admission and paddock ticket also includes special Ducati parking, a parade lap, and a Ducati gift voucher. Tickets are available here