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.

Source: GPone via MotoMatters

  • spytech

    I hope we get to see some spy shots of the bike.

  • Damo

    The real question is…..will FIM let Ducati race this bike next year? They already put the kill on the 1198cc motor (Carlos is running a 1098cc in that 1198 trim).

    I would like to see FIM let them run into, so KTM can get that RC8R in the championship as well. Of course I am sure there will be weight and rev limits.

  • AlanB

    No more trellis…:(

  • Mark

    The FIM is allowing Ducati to run the 1198cc engine, and they are. The FIM has mandated intake restrictors on the Ducati.
    Let’s hope the new bike is allowed to run without them next year, at least for the first few races until they see how they perform.

  • Other Sean

    Wonder too if that swing arm will be single or double sided.
    End of an era with the Trellis…but you gotta do what you gotta do.

  • Rob

    As previously stated, the 1198R is an 1198cc twin which all the current WSBK ducati’s have. The new bike will be of the same displacement, but of larger bore/shorter stroke (a la 999R) allowing it to rev higher and therefore create more power. However with inlet restrictors, I can’t see the new bike making much more peak power as its currently being held back from making its maximum power anyway.

    Time will tell.

  • James

    Anyone know where I can get higher resolution images of those CAD images of the 2012 bike? Would make a fantastic wallpaper.

  • MikeD

    I can’t wait to see some “SPY” pics of it. I hope it lives to all the anticipation is been building up until now.

    How far can Ducati take a 90* Twin to stay competitive with the 190+HP I-4’s ?

    Although, i think both architectures are reaching (or have reached) the peak of their design.
    They haven’t tried DFI yet, it would be interesting to see whats gained of it…hehehe.

    Any other toughts about my un-educated opinion ?

  • Mark

    Looks like the Italian magazine MotoSprint has a spy shot of the bike testing at Mugello last week.

    So far this is the only photo I found so far.