In yet another glimpse of the 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199, we see the World Superbike-spec version of the v-twin machine testing on the track with a Ducati test rider at the helm. Clearly seen are the Öhlins FGR forks and horizontally-placed rear shock, and also apparent is the dual-underslung exhaust cans that the belly pan accents (we like this touch a lot). Beyond the blacked-out race bodywork, there isn’t anything terribly new to glean from the photo, but what is interesting is that for an OEM that is rumored to have no plans for a factory-backed team in WSBK for 2012, it sure is testing its WSBK-spec racer quite a bit. Make of that as you will.

Source: via Ducati News Today

  • Brandon

    Just curious. How can you tell that this is a WSBK spec bike and not just a stock bike with race plastics?

  • ML

    @Brandon: FGR forks aren’t really ‘production’ forks due to their cost ($10K+). Add to that there are no lights, signals, license plate frame, and rear hugger. I doubt they would remove all that equipment just to fit race plastics to test a ‘stock’ bike. Wouldn’t make sense.

  • sunstroke

    The wheels, tires, and front forks are a good tip-off as to the state of trim. I’m hoping the differences is audible as well. Louder and much higher pitched?

  • Should have an oil retaining belly pan if it is a race bike.

  • ML

    @Anthony: It should probably have a race pipe, too. Clearly its not the final race bike.

  • BobD

    it sure makes sense to keep success in your most successful racing venture at the moment.

  • Other Sean

    True BobD, it behooves them to test it and make sure satellite teams like Althea will still be able to have success, given their results in that OTHER race series.

  • Clay

    looks like the love child of an Aprilia/Ktm/1098 orgy!