Not Homologated: Ducati 1199 Panigale & MV Agusta F3

02/09/2012 @ 11:48 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

UPDATE: On 2/10/2012, the FIM released an updated homologation list, which includes the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S for racing in the World Superstock 1000 Cup.

The regulations for the 2012 World Superbike Championship are out, and two names are noticeably not present from the homologation lists for World Superbike and World Supersport: the Ducati 1199 Panigale and the MV Agusta F3. That’s right, the two biggest motorcycles to debut in 2012 have not yet been blessed to compete in this season’s two premier production motorcycle racing classes.

For Ducatisti, the news shouldn’t come as too large of a surprise, since Ducati Corse has been clear that the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale would not compete in WSBK in its first year on the market, and instead would be developed in the World Superstock 1000 Cup for 2012. However, the FIM does not list the Ducati 1199 Panigale as homologated for WSTK either, listing instead the Ducati 1098R & 1098S respectively for both WSBK and WSTK.

For MV Agusta fans, this news could carry a bit more weight. With rumors circulating that Alstare Racing could pick up the reigns on an MV Agusta factory team on a 2012 MV Agusta F3 World Supersport entry, that hope seems now all but six-feet under. Making an announcement on her Facebook page, Patricia Dethor (wife of Alstare Team Principal Francis Batta) tipped the news that Alstare Racing would be taking a sabbatical from racing for 2012. This confirmed WBSK paddock gossip that a deal between Alstare and MV Agusta had fallen through, and could explain why the MV Agusta F3 has not been homologated for the series.

With this news already creating a stir on message forums and blogs, it’s important to note that the FIM’s recently released list of homologated entries is not the definitive entry list for racing in 2012, and can be updated at any point in time during the season. It is expected that Ducati will homologate the Panigale for WSTK in the coming weeks, though it seems unlikely that the MV Agusta F3 will go through similar paperwork.

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale in Superstock Trim:

Bikes Homologated for World Superbike
Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory : January 2009 – Present
BMW S 1000 RR : January 2009 – Present
Ducati 1098R : January 2008 – Present
Honda CBR 1000 RR : January 2008 – Present
Kawasaki ZX-10R : January 2008 – Present
Suzuki GSX-R 1000 : January 2009 – Present
Yamaha YZF R1 : January 2009 – Present

Bikes Homologated for World Supersport 600 & World Superstock 600:
Honda CBR 600 RR : January 2009 – Present
Kawasaki ZX-6R : January 2009 – Present
Suzuki GSX-R 600 : January 2008 – Present
Triumph Daytona 675 : January 2009 – fin
Triumph Daytona 675 R : January 2011 – Present
Yamaha YZF R6 : January 2008 – Present

Bikes Homologated for World Superstock 1000 Formula EWC (FIM Endurance):
Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory : January 2009 – Present
Aprilia RSV4 1000 APRC Factory : December 2011– Present
BMW S 1000 RR : January 2009 – Present
Ducati 1198S: January 2009 – Present
Honda CBR 1000 RR : January 2008 – Present
Kawasaki ZX-10R : January 2008 – Present
KTM RC8 : March 2008 – Present
KTM RC8R : March 2009 – Present
Suzuki GSX-R 1000 : January 2009 – Present
Yamaha YZF R1 : January 2009 – Present

Source: FIM; Photos: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Daz

    I am just not feeling it for the panigale. It just looks cluttered and too busy. I would even go so far to say I prefer the 999 design over this one.

  • smilo

    The last paragraph assigns this to not really news at all.
    If no one knows when MV intended to race the F3 then it is not really news. It has only just started production. Little early to race it. As for the 1199 then this was already known.

  • Westward

    Awesome pics of a seemingly race ready bike for WSBK. Too bad it’s not one of the choices for purchase from your local dealer…

  • john

    I really want to get excited over purchasing a new mv, but it just seems to be one “are you sure?” moment after another;

  • Westward

    @ john,

    I agree. However, with Ducati, for the same price as a package, one seems to get so much more in electronics and other amenities…

  • BBQdog

    @Daz: same to me. All too artificial, if they tried too much to make it something special.
    The design doesn’t seem a total but just exists of isolated parts and surfaces.

    And I am not surprised the bike isn’t homologated for this year. Ducati could not
    afford a bike not performing in WSB like Rossi’s bike did in MotoGP.

  • Very nice motorcycle

  • Smitch

    Agree Daz and BBQdog, I knew I wasn’t the only one. And yes, Bologna has all of their eggs in the GP basket right now.

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  • john

    ok, guys, maybe they are deservedly anxious on the racing front; but, as a street rider, which company is giving us more than ducati? certainly not mv; aprilia? uhhh?; lets hope the 1199 is a success, and the soon to follow 799 is as well;

  • Smitch

    All they’ve given me lately is ugly new model after ugly new model, a sad season in gp, and an expanding plastic gas tank on my 848…

  • WetMan

    The first time I saw a photo of the Panigale I thought it looked like it had been chased by the T-Rex from Jurassic park and the T-Rex has managed to take a bite out of the fairing…
    Now I think that it looks more like one of those exhibition models that show you what is happening under the skin…