Although Ducati will not be racing the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale in World Superbike this year, the new offering from Bologna found itself unsurprisingly on a revised homologation list this week for the World Superstock 1000 FIM Cup. While there will not be an official factory-backed WSTCK effort, taking up the cause to develop the Panigale on the track will be Effenbert-Liberty Racing, who will campaign two Ducati 1199 superbikes, with Brett McCormick and Federico Sandi at the helms of those machines.
Our first chance to see the Ducati 1199 Panigale S in true superstock trim (checkout our up-close photos of the Ducati 1199 Panigale S in superstock form with Ducati Performance parts), McCormick & Sandi were at Phillip Island this week testing the Panigale for the World Superstock 1000 class, while WSBK teammates Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz made do with their Ducati 1198 S Superbikes.
With Sandi putting down an unofficial best lap time of 1’37.8, and McCormick doing a 1’38.2, the Ducati 1199 Panigale in Superstock trim is roughly six seconds off the pace of Carlos Checa’s Ducati 1098R Superbike, which topped the overall timesheet with a 1’31.8.
Source: Effenbert-Liberty Racing