According to the venerable GPone, Ducati will be doing a double dose of testing today at the Italian circuit of Mugello. Perhaps the only thing that can excite Ducatista more than Valentino Rossi on-board the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 (something that will be taking place today as well) is news that the 2012 Ducati “Superquadrata” Superbike will be making its track debut at the Italian circuit.
Reportedly Italian Danilo Petrucci, who currently campaigns a Ducati 1098R in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup for the Barni Racing team, will be at the helm of the new 2012 Ducati Superbike, testing the machine in both Superbike and Superstock trim, and in the bike’s first trials outside of the Borgo Panigale dyno room.
The 1200cc Ducati Superbike features an overly-square bore size, and a chassis that takes a page from the Desmosedici MotoGP race bike, using a stressed aluminum airbox subframe similar to the carbon fiber unit the GP11 currently employs.
According to reports, Ernesto Marinelli, former factory Ducati Wold Superbike engineer and current crew chief for Carlos Checa, is overseeing the testing of the new Superbike, keeping a keen eye on how the bike will fare for the 2012 World Superbike season. More info, and hopefully phots when we get them.