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Manfredi in Ospedale: “La botta è stata forte, ma le corse sono anche questo”

Il portacolori Pramac, reduce dalla violenta caduta nei test di Jerez MotoE, è stato portato in Ospedale, dove ha mandato un messaggio per rassicurare gli appassionati

Honda dona un milione di euro per aiutare il popolo ucraino

Attraverso la Croce Rossa Giapponese, la donazione sarà utilizzata per aiutare ad affrontare la crisi umanitaria in Ucraina e per sostenere le attività di soccorso nei Paesi che ricevono i rifugiati

Morbidelli: Problem is that our maximum was not enough

Crash.Net MotoGP News - Fri, 2022-03-11 08:30
Franco Morbidelli 'close to my maximum' in Qatar MotoGP season opener, but race time barely beats last year's pace on the A-spec Petronas bike.
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Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha): «Fortschritt ist Pflicht»

Speedweek, German Language MotoGP News - Fri, 2022-03-11 06:00
Mehr als 27 Sekunden Rückstand auf Katar-Sieger Enea Bastianini (Ducati) waren Yamaha-Pilot Andrea Dovizioso eindeutig zu viel. Was ist im zweiten MotoGP-Rennen der Saison 2022 in Indonesien möglich?
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Yamaha Developing High-Performance Hydrogen Engine

RoadRacing World - Fri, 2022-03-11 03:03

Developing a V8 high-performance hydrogen engine under commission from longtime partner Toyota Motor Corporation

Yamaha Motor has been commissioned by Toyota Motor Corporation to develop a 5.0-liter V8 engine for automobiles that is fueled entirely by hydrogen. In Japan, Toyota and other automotive-related companies are about to begin a collaborative effort to expand the range of fuel options for internal combustion engines.

As Yamaha “Motor,” the Internal Combustion Engine Is Dear to Us

“We are working toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050,” explained Yamaha Motor president Yoshihiro Hidaka. “At the same time, ‘Motor’ is in our company name and we accordingly have a strong passion for and level of commitment to the internal combustion engine.”

In November last year, the five companies of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, Mazda Motor Corporation, and Yamaha Motor jointly announced they would begin discussions for conducting collaborative research into possible avenues for expanding the range of fuel options for internal combustion engines in the quest for carbon neutrality. And at the announcement venue, the V8 hydrogen engine shown above, which was developed by Yamaha for Toyota, was unveiled to the public. The unit is based on the 5.0-liter engine in the Lexus RC F luxury sport coupe, with modifications made to the injectors, cylinder heads, intake manifold, and more, and delivers up to 450 hp at 6,800 rpm and a maximum 540 Nm of torque of at 3,600 rpm.

“Hydrogen engines house the potential to be carbon-neutral while keeping our passion for the internal combustion engine alive at the same time,” proclaimed President Hidaka at the venue. “Teaming up with companies with different corporate cultures and areas of expertise as well as growing the number of partners we have is how we want to lead the way into the future.”

Please find additional information about this collaborative research here.

The Merits of Hydrogen: Not a Stand-In for Gasoline

Yamaha began developing a hydrogen engine for automobiles about five years ago. Takeshi Yamada from the Technical Research & Development Center’s Automotive Development Section is a member of the hydrogen engine development team and he began to sense the depth of potential in the powerplant as the project progressed.

“I started to see that engines using only hydrogen for fuel actually had very fun, easy-to-use performance characteristics,” he explains. “Hydrogen engines have an innately friendly feel that makes them easy to use even without resorting to electronic driving aids. Everyone who came to test-drive the prototype car would start off somewhat skeptical, but emerged from the car with a big smile on their face at the end. As I watched this, I started to believe that there is actually enormous potential in the characteristics unique to hydrogen engines instead of simply treating it as a substitute for gasoline.”

Another thing that Yamada and the team value in the development process is Kanno Seino, meaning sensual or exhilarating performance. One example is the harmonic high-frequency exhaust note produced by the engine’s 8-into-1 exhaust manifold. “This is a challenge we can sink our teeth into as engineers and I personally want to pursue not just performance but also a new allure for the internal combustion engine that the world has yet to see,” declares Yamada.

What he and his fellow engineers believe in is the potential of a fully hydrogen-powered engine. Working together with his gradually expanding network of partners, Yamada undoubtedly feels they have one hand on the door to unlocking that potential.

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MotoAmerica: More From Provisional Qualifying At The Daytona 200

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-03-10 23:57

In his first day ever riding at Daytona International Speedway, Cameron Petersen claimed the provisional pole position for the 80th Daytona 200 during qualifying Thursday.

Riding his Pirelli-shod Attack Performance Yamaha YZF-R6, the 27-year-old South African lapped the 3.51-mile infield road course with a time of 1:50.544 to top the field of 50 riders.

“I am just as surprised as anybody, I think,” said Petersen. “We had a few little issues in the first session, so we didn’t get too many laps. I knew that there was a high possibility of rain tomorrow [Friday] and this might be out only dry qualifying. So, I stayed out the whole session and tried to learn the track and hit my marks and figure out where to come off the banking and all that stuff.


Cameron Petersen (45). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.


“I was pretty lucky. I’m not going to lie. Sheridan Morais came past me in the infield and absolutely smoked me. He was ripping. I followed him for a lap, and I just ended up in the perfect place. I got the perfect tow all the way around the whole lap. So, I think I was a little bit lucky being in the right place at the right time.

“I’m having so much fun. The first time being up on the banking was crazy but so much fun. I just plan to keep building on this and see where it takes us.”

Morais, another South African, ended up second-best in qualifying with a 1:50.854 on his Pirelli-fitted SYNTAINICS Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6. Morais said he hasn’t ridden much lately, just focused on doing as many laps as possible Thursday, and was surprised he got up to speed so quickly.

Four-time AMA Superbike Championship Josh Hayes was third-quickest with a 1:50.956 on his Dunlop-backed Squid Hunter Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Hayes, who turns 47 in April, said, “I thought it was a great day. Our bike is plenty competitive, and I’m feeling good on the bike. I’m confident I’ll be there for the race distance.”

Josh Herrin, who was fourth in provisional qualifying with a 1:51.048, said his Dunlop-equipped Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V2 felt really good but he said he wasn’t too confident in his winning potential. “If I had to draft someone on the last lap to win the race I couldn’t do it right now. We’re having to work pretty hard on our gearing for it to work right with our rev limit.”


Josh Herrin (2). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.


2021 Daytona 200 winner Brandon Paasch (1:51.313) and his TOBC Racing Triumph teammate, four-time Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick (1:51.472), worked together late in the qualifying session to end up fifth and sixth, respectively. The Pirelli-shod and factory-supported Triumph Street Triple RS 765s of Paasch and Eslick looked especially strong getting out of the final corner of the infield and onto the West banking.

Kevin Olmedo, a 21-year-old from El Salvador, ended Thursday seventh on the time sheet with a 1:51.632 on his Dunlop-shod BobbleHeadMoto/N2 Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, the same bike he raced with at Daytona in 2021. He used Pirelli tires in that race, however. “The consistency of the Dunlops is very good. My slowest lap was only 0.2 second slower than my fastest lap,” Olmedo told “The track is a little green with all the rain, so there’s not much grip. That was the biggest thing today.”

Petersen’s teammate Jake Gagne, the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion, was eighth-fastest with a 1:52.121. He said, “The biggest thing is getting my head around riding a 600 again. Before today, I only did 15-20 laps on it during a test at Buttonwillow. I wasn’t super comfortable on the bike today. The chassis and suspension were off, but we have a direction to go for tomorrow.”


Jake Gagne (32). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.


Geoff May, riding his Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R600 on Pirellis, ranked ninth on Thursday with a 1:52.344. “We’re working on some stuff,” said May, “but we’re right there.”


Geoff May (99). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.


May’s 19-year-old South African teammate Sam Lochoff ended up 10th with a 1:52.391 on his Dunlop-equipped Suzuki GSX-R600, right behind May and one place ahead of his other teammate Richie Escalante (1:52.732).


Sam Lochoff (44). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.


Lochoff said he felt really good while doing a race-distance stint during provisional qualifying and that his race pace while riding solo is as good as anyone. For Escalante it was a day of learning as he had only ridden at Daytona once before, eight years ago, and he is still new to the Suzuki GSX-R600.


Richie Escalante (54). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.


Mike Selpe, of Orange, New Jersey, rounded out the top 12 provisional qualifiers with a 1:52.840 on his Martinez Motorsports Ducati Panigale V2.

Final qualifying for the Daytona 200 is scheduled to take place between 10:10 and 11:20 a.m. local time Friday morning, and then the top 12 riders will compete for the front spots on the grid during a 15-minute “Time Attack” at 4:00 p.m.




More, from a press release issued by MotoAmerica:

Petersen On Provisional Pole For Daytona 200

Daytona First-Timer Leads The Way On Thursday At Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 10, 2022) – Cameron Petersen had never seen Daytona International Speedway and he hasn’t raced a 600cc middleweight motorcycle in seven years, but it didn’t stop him from emerging from a day of ever-changing weather to record the fastest lap on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s 80th running of the Daytona 200.

Attack Performance Yamaha’s Petersen lapped the 3.56-mile road course in 1:50.544 to nab provisional pole position for Saturday’s 200 on his Yamaha YZF-R6. Petersen led a South African one-two on Thursday with SYNTAINICS Racing Team’s Sheridan Morais ending the session in second, just .310 of a second behind. Squid Hunter Yamaha’s Josh Hayes was the last rider in the 1:50s as he completed the provisional front row with a 1:50.956.

“It’s a trip, honestly,” Petersen said of his first time lapping the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. “My first session out, I left the pits with all the fast guys and the first thing they did was go to the top of the bank, so I went up there with them. It took me a good two laps to hold it wide open through there. It’s a bit of a trip. Honestly, it’s just so fun. I’m having so much fun around this place. It’s a very easy track but so much fun.”

Petersen was obviously surprised at taking provisional pole on his first day at the Speedway.

“I came in and I know that they’ve had some issues with timing and scoring and stuff today, so I came in and saw my number at the top of the board,” Petersen said. “I was just like… something’s wrong, Even Richard (team owner, Stanboli) said, ‘There’s no way, there’s no way you’re quickest.’ They confirmed it and I still can’t believe it. I just put myself in the right place and got the perfect lap and the perfect tow behind Shez (Morais). It was good and I’m looking forward to the rest of it.”

Josh Herrin made his Warhorse HSBK Ducati NYC debut at the Speedway today and ended the qualifying session in fourth just ahead of the defending Daytona 200 Champion Brandon Paasch and his TOBC Triumph teammate Danny Eslick, with the four-time Daytona 200 winner ending the day in sixth.

BobbleHeadMoto/N2 Racing’s Kevin Olmedo, Attack Performance Yamaha’s Jake Gagne, and Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammates Geoff May and Samuel Lochoff rounded out the top 10.

The Mission King Of The Baggers class was rained out of its first qualifying session, but that was after defending series champion Kyle Wyman led morning practice over his H-D Screamin’ Eagle factory teammate and brother, Travis Wyman. Kyle Wyman lapped at a best of 1:57.814, .846 of a second faster than Travis.

Vance & Hines Racing’s James Rispoli was third-fastest followed by Mission Foods/S&S Cycle/Indian Challenger Team’s Jeremy McWilliams and Roland Sands Design’s Bobby Fong.


Daytona 200 Q1

  1. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha) 1:50.544
  2. Sheridan Morais (Yamaha) 1:50.854
  3. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 1:50.956
  4. Josh Herrin (Ducati) 1:51.048
  5. Brandon Paasch (Triumph) 1:51.313
  6. Danny Eslick (Triumph) 1:51.472
  7. Kevin Olmedo (Yamaha) 1:51.632
  8. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 1:52.121
  9. Geoff May (Suzuki) 1:52.344
  10. Samuel Lochoff (Suzuki) 1:52.391

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FIM North America Bans Russian Riders from AMA Events

Asphalt And Rubber - Thu, 2022-03-10 22:57
Russian and Belarusian riders are now banned from events that are sanctioned and operated by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). The post FIM North America Bans Russian Riders from AMA Events appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


American Flat Track: Volusia Half-Mile I Postponed Until March 12

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-03-10 22:15

Mission Volusia Half-Mile I Rescheduled for Saturday, March 12 due to Weather

Friday’s Mission Volusia Half-Mile II planned to run as originally scheduled. 

DE LEON SPRINGS, Fla. (March 10, 2021) – Due to inclement weather, the Mission Volusia Half-Mile I scheduled for today, Thursday, March 10, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 12. Tickets purchased for today’s Volusia Half-Mile I are redeemable for the rescheduled event on Saturday, March 12.

Tomorrow’s Mission Volusia Half-Mile II is planned to run as originally scheduled on Friday, March 11.

For both Friday and Saturday, gates are scheduled to open for fans at 3:30 p.m., track-activity commencing at 4:20 p.m. and Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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Indian Motorcycle Unveils 2022 FTR Championship Edition Streetbike

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-03-10 22:01


Limited-Edition FTR Commemorates Five-Consecutive American Flat Track® Championships with Authentic Race Livery, Carbon Fiber Finishes & Premium Components

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – March 10, 2022 – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today celebrates its flat track racing legacy with the launch of the FTR Championship Edition. With only 400 available globally, the limited-edition FTR allows race fans from around the world to join the Indian Wrecking Crew in celebration of the team’s five-consecutive American Flat Track championships.


The 2022 FTR Championship Edition displays the company’s five AFT Championship-winning seasons. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.


Inspired by the sport’s preeminent flat track race machine, the FTR750, the FTR Championship Edition touts an authentic race paint scheme and a commemorative Indian Motorcycle Racing bezel with each championship season on display. But more than a show piece, the limited-edition FTR features premium components, including a titanium Akrapovič Exhaust and fully adjustable front forks and piggyback shock. Carbon fiber parts, including a seat cowl, front fender, airbox covers and headlight nacelle, complete the bike’s premium design.


The 2022 Indian FTR Championship Edition has a carbon fiber headlight nacelle and airbox cover. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.


“Since the FTR’s debut in 2019, riders around the world have expressed their passion and enthusiasm for the FTR’s flat track-inspired design,” said Aaron Jax, Indian Motorcycle Vice President. “While the 2022 FTR lineup optimizes the FTR’s on-road performance, the FTR Championship Edition reignites our flat track racing legacy and celebrates the Wrecking Crew’s historic success. Although this limited-edition bike is a commemorative show piece, it’s also an on-road ripper that performs in the twisties as well as turns heads on city streets.”

Adding to its flat track-inspired design are a host of premium features and ride-enhancing technologies, including three ride modes, wheelie control with rear lift mitigation, stability control, traction control and cornering ABS. The FTR Championship Edition also touts a 4.3-inch digital touchscreen display and a 1203cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine that produces 120 horsepower and 87 ft-lbs of torque. The limited-edition FTR is equipped with a race-inspired wheel combination of a 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel – wrapped in Dunlop® street tires with flat track-inspired tread. Radially mounted dual front disc Brembo brakes offer exceptional control and stopping power, while ProTaper® flat tracker aluminum handlebars complete the race bike look.


The 2022 Indian FTR Championship Edition comes with Brembo brake calipers, flat track-inspired Dunlop tires, and a carbon-fiber front fender. Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.


Indian Motorcycle Racing, the winner of the last five Manufacturer’s Championships, returned to professional flat track racing in 2017. Since the debut of the FTR750, an Indian Motorcycle Racing factory rider has won the championship every year in the sport’s premiere class. The 2022 Indian Wrecking Crew, consisting of 2021 SuperTwins Champion Jared Mees, two-time champion Briar Bauman and the team’s newest member, the winningest rider in American Flat Track Singles history, Shayna Texter-Bauman, will look to defend its title at the season opener on March 10 at the Volusia Half-Mile.

The FTR Championship LE will begin shipping to Indian Motorcycle dealers around the world starting April. Riders can learn more at their local Indian Motorcycle dealership, by visiting, or by following along on FacebookSM, Twitter SM and Instagram SM.


Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit

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MotoAmerica: Petersen On Provisional Pole For Daytona 200

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-03-10 20:32

At approximately 3:10 p.m. local time, MotoAmerica announced it was ending Thursday’s on-track activities due to rain.


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Kawasaki W800 Recalled for Horn Failures

Asphalt And Rubber - Thu, 2022-03-10 20:31
Kawasaki is recalling W800 (EJ800C & EJ800D) motorcycles because their horn may stop functioning. In total, 1,660 motorcycles are affected. The post Kawasaki W800 Recalled for Horn Failures appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.


MotoAmerica: Daytona 200 Timing And Scoring Info Delayed

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-03-10 20:08

MotoAmerica had a tough first day at Daytona International Speedway with its timing and scoring system not working properly during practice and qualifying sessions for the 80th Daytona 200.

After a move-in day in which riders and team members waited in line as much as four hours to get their 2022 credentials, MotoAmerica riders and teams had to suffer through limited information from the series’ official timing and scoring system.

During Supersport Group A (the faster group) Practice One, approximately 10-12 riders had times appearing on the timing monitors in the media center, but some riders like Attack Performance Yamaha’s Jake Gagne and Cameron Petersen were on track and did not have their times appear on the timing monitor.

In addition, the live timing page on only showed two riders with only one of those, Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante, having lap times posted.

The situation with live timing on the MotoAmerica’s website continued like that during Supersport Group A Qualifying One Thursday afternoon, but it improved somewhat on the timing monitors in the media center. Most of the riders had their lap times show, but Gagne was on track and neither his name nor his lap times showed on the screen.

But worst of all, the teams had no timing and scoring information transmitted to pit lane.

“We had zero information,” Attack Performance Yamaha Team Owner Richard Stanboli told “This is their first time at Daytona and it’s the first race of the season, so I’m willing to cut them some slack.”

Thursday’s scheduled on-track activities were delayed and had to be shuffled multiple times due to early morning rain showers and with more rain approaching in the afternoon.

That rain arrived at approximately 2:00 p.m. local time – while Supersport Group B (the slower group) was on track for their Qualifying One session.

The track went from dry to wet very quickly, resulting in several scary crashes. In one crash, Christian Miranda highsided at high speed while on the 31-degree banking of NASCAR Turn Four. Luckily, Miranda was seen walking away after his long slide down the speedway’s pavement, according to MotoAmerica Live Plus commentator Michael Hill.

No results from any session were posted to MotoAmerica’s website or distributed in the media center until 2:45 p.m., 45 minutes after the end of Supersport Group B Qualifying One.

Along with the combined Supersport Qualifying One results, MotoAmerica Timing & Scoring Manager Jason Kingham emailed a note that read: “Sorry for the delay, there was a huge issue with incorrect transponders and when we got all of the bikes into parc ferme we were finally able to sort them out. I will be issuing results for the other sessions shortly.”

The RCSX, Ricky CarmichaelDaytona Amateur Supercross, held on March 6-7 and the Daytona Vintage Supercross (DVSX) held on March 8 delayed MotoAmerica’s access to the track and its timing and scoring system, which may have contributed to Thursday’s problems.

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Kevin Zannoni rinnova la sfida con Rosso e Nero per il CIV SSP 2022

Dopo la separazione consensuale con Nicola Gianico, il team Rosso e Nero ha trovato l’accordo con Kevin Zannoni per il CIV SuperSport 2022

MotoAmerica: Herrin Quickest In Supersport Practice One At Daytona

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-03-10 17:30

Josh Herrin, riding his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC Panigale V2, was quickest during MotoAmerica Supersport Practice One for the 80th Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

According to the timing and scoring monitors in the media center, Herrin lapped the 3.51-mile infield road course in 1:52.445, which is far off his Daytona 200 lap record of 1:48.331 he set during qualifying for the 2020 Daytona 200. That race didn’t happen due to the pandemic.

Herrin’s lap time in practice was slower than his record pace due to the condition of the track, which had several wet patches left over from overnight and morning rain showers.

The track conditions forced Thursday’s schedule to be revised with the first practices for the MotoAmerica Twins Cup and King Of The Baggers classes being moved from before to after Supersport.

Complete results for the first Supersport practice sessions, the faster Group A and the slower Group B, were not immediately available from MotoAmerica after the sessions. We will post them here as soon as they become available.

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Marc Márquez (Honda): Wie lange währt die Geduld?

Speedweek, German Language MotoGP News - Thu, 2022-03-10 17:16
Nach Rang 5 in Doha/Katar erklärte Marc Márquez seine anfängliche Herangehensweise an die MotoGP-WM 2022. Er räumt aber auch ein: «Natürlich kann man nicht die ganze Saison so anlegen.»
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Ducati Launches Panigale V4 SP2 Track-Only Machine (Includes Video)

RoadRacing World - Thu, 2022-03-10 16:51

Ducati presents the Panigale V4 SP2: “The Ultimate Racetrack Machine”

The Panigale V4 SP2 is the top-of-the-range model for Ducati super sports bikes: a special, exciting version for track riding, even more intuitive and less strenuous also for non-professional riders

Carbon fibre rims, Brembo Stylema R® brake calipers, MCS radial master cylinder, dry clutch, 520 chain, billet footpegs and a specific kit for track use: the “SP” technical specifications push to the maximum the racing characteristics of the Panigale V4 and accompany all the improvements made on the 2022 version

Produced in a numbered series, the Panigale V4 SP2 is characterized by the “Winter Test” livery and a series of carbon fibre details

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy),10 March 2022 – In the ninth and final episode of the Ducati World Première 2022 web series, Ducati unveiled the new Panigale V4 SP2 to enthusiasts: a special motorcycle in a numbered series, designed to fully experience the passion for riding on the track, further raising the performance of the Panigale V4.



The Ducati Panigale family is the maximum expression of the continuous exchange of information and technology from the world of racing to production bikes and with each new version it continues its evolution year after year, just as it happens with the Ducati Corse prototypes. The “SP2” is the model with which Ducati brings to the peak the sportiness of the Panigale V4 , the 2022 version of which has taken the most significant evolutionary step since its inception, improving in every aspect: aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis and electronics.

The Panigale V4 SP2 stands out for its equipment with the typical technical specifications of the abbreviation “SP” (Sport Production) which are combined with all the improvements made by Ducati engineers on the Panigale V4 2022 to create the most high-performing Panigale ever.

The “SP2” version has an even more powerful braking system, lightweight carbon rims, final drive and dry clutch inherited from the WorldSBK bikes, racing footpegs and a series of carbon components. The bike is also delivered with a kit for track use, which includes billet aluminium caps for the removal of rear-view mirrors*, kit for removing the license plate holder* and open carbon clutch cover*.

The result is “The Ultimate Racetrack Machine”: a special model, ideal for the non-professional rider who wishes to experience track days challenging his own records.

The Panigale V4 SP2 is characterized by the “Winter Test” livery, in which the matt black of the fairings is combined with the matt carbon finish of the rims and wings, contrasting with the bright red accents and the brilliance of the exposed brushed aluminium tank. The wings with double profile design are embellished with the Italian flag which also appears on the official Panigale V4 R SBK. The lower part of the fairing is distinguished by the presence of the Ducati Corse logo in the area of ​​the new hot air extractors and by a red detail bearing the name of the bike, also present on the black saddle in double material. The steering head is machined from solid and shows the progressive number of the motorcycle, making each model unique.

The heart of the Panigale V4 SP2 is the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale derived from MotoGP: a V4 with counter-rotating crankshaft equipped with a lot of torque from low revs and capable of expressing the racing soul of the bike on the track. For 2022, the Desmosedici Stradale has improved with the introduction of dedicated technical elements, which have made it possible to increase power and improve throttle response.

Thanks to these interventions and a new dedicated mapping, the Euro 5 version engine delivers 215.5 hp at 13,000 rpm, with a power increase of 1.5 hp over the Panigale V4 2021, which rises to 2.5 hp beyond the maximum power peak at 14,500 rpm**.

To capitalize on the full potential of this engine, dedicated gear-by-gear torque curves and four different Power Modes (Full, High, Medium, Low) have been developed by Ducati. The Full and Low configurations are newly developed, while the High and Medium configurations use a new strategy.

When used on the track, the performance of the Desmosedici Stradale can be further improved with the new full titanium Ducati Performance racing exhaust, developed in collaboration with Akrapovič and available as an accessory.

This exhaust is equipped with high silencers alongside the tail and has been redesigned to increase performance and limit noise, offering everyone the opportunity to run with a full racing exhaust even in circuits with the most stringent noise limits. With this exhaust the Panigale V4 SP2 is lightened by 5 kg thus taking the dry weight of the motorcycle to only 168 kg. The Akrapovič exhaust also guarantees an increase in power of 12.5 hp, bringing the maximum value to 228 hp, while the maximum torque value rises to 131 Nm**.

The connection to the bikes that race in the Superbike World Championship is even more evident in the “SP2” version of the Panigale V4. In fact, to the more “track-oriented” gearbox already presented on the Panigale V4 2022, this bike adds the lightened final drive with 520 chain and the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch. This clutch guarantees a more effective anti-hopping function in extreme use of the bike on the track and greater fluidity in all phases of “off throttle” compared to the oil bath clutch of the Panigale V4 S. The STM-EVO SBK clutch also offers the possibility to customize the “mechanical” engine brake level by choosing a different secondary spring from those available in the Ducati Performance accessories catalogue.

The chassis of the Panigale V4 SP2 includes an aluminium front frame that uses the Desmosedici Stradale as a stressed element. The aluminium swingarm and the seat post in shell-cast aluminium are directly connected to the engine. The pivot of the swingarm is positioned in such a way as to increase the anti-squat effect, which is the reduction of the sinking of the rear when exiting corners and when reopening the throttle, thus stabilizing the bike in acceleration.

The suspension system features an electronically controlled 125 mm travel Öhlins NPX25/30 pressurized fork at the front that uses a pressurized cartridge damping system derived from that of racing forks. This fork, in combination with the Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber and with the electronic steering damper, also Öhlins, forms the second generation of the Smart EC 2.0 system characterized by OBTI (Objective Based Tuning Interface) logic which, working “by objectives” and not by clicks, allows the rider a much more intuitive management than traditional systems.

To further enhance the performance on the track and the dynamic qualities of the Panigale V4, the “SP2” version is equipped with 5-split spoke carbon wheels , 1.4 kg lighter than the aluminium forged ones of the Panigale V4 S. The carbon rims guarantee a significant reduction in inertia (-26% at the front, -46% at the rear) to the benefit of agility, lightness in direction changes and greater ease in closing the curves.

The Panigale V4 SP2 is also equipped with exclusive Brembo Stylema R® front brake calipers, which guarantee high braking power combined with exceptional consistency of performance even during a lengthy timed session without changes to the travel of the brake lever. The calipers are operated by a Brembo MCS (Multiple Click System) radial pump that allows you to adjust the wheelbase quickly and easily on three configurations to customize the braking feeling. The front brake lever is equipped with a “remote adjuster” device, which allows you to adjust its position by acting on a knob on the left grip, as is the case on racing bikes. Finally, on the “SP2” version the brake and clutch levers are milled at the ends to reduce air resistance.

Another essential element that characterizes the Panigale V4 SP2 is the equipment with Rizoma footpegs in anodized aluminium with carbon fibre heel guards. The footpegs are fully adjustable and maximize ground clearance for more effective use on the track. These racing footpegs offer great grip for the boots, essential for riding at the limit on the circuit, further contributing to a completely redesigned ergonomics in 2022 with the new tank and saddle shapes, studied to improve control and make the most of the performance of the Panigale V4 both on the flying lap and during a prolonged session.

The Panigale V4 SP2 has an electronic package that includes controls that manage all the riding phases, whose operating parameters are linked by default to the 4 Riding Modes (Race A, Race B, Sport, Street).

All the electronic parameters of the bike can be clearly visualized thanks to the dashboard and to the “Track Evo” display mode , derived from the one used in MotoGP. In this screen, the tachometer moves on a horizontal scale positioned in the highest part of the instrument, or the most visible, and the indication of the gear engaged is in the centre of the screen. In the right area of ​​the display there are four different coloured sectors, each dedicated to an electronic control (DTC, DWC, DSC, EBC). These sectors light up individually when the electronics are working on a certain parameter, remaining on for the time necessary for the rider to identify which indicator is activated. This signalling mode facilitates the rider’s task in understanding the control that has worked to allow him to intervene in a more precise and timely way on the choice of optimal level and to achieve better performance more quickly. The left sector completes the information with the chronometer, number of laps completed and speed.

On the “SP2” version, the GPS module is standard, thus allowing the activation of the automatic Lap Time function, which instantly provides the indication of two split times of the track on which you are lapping. Furthermore, by loading the Slick Ducati Performance Software (available as an accessory), Ducati Traction Control curves expressly developed for slick and rain tyres are available and the possibility of memorizing the coordinates of five different tracks is activated, as well as five additional fully customizable Riding Modes. Finally, thanks to the Ducati Data Analyzer, standard on the SP2, it is possible to conduct an in-depth analysis of all performance data.

The new Panigale V4 SP2 is available in single-seater configuration in “Winter Test” livery starting from March 2022.

A dynamic video and a beauty video of the new Panigale V4 SP2 are available on Ducati YouTube channel.

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* This product is designed for vehicles used exclusively in closed circuits. Use on public roads is prohibited by law.

** These values refer to the Euro5 engine configuration.


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Über-Spec Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 Debuts for 2023

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