When spy shots of a creatively painted Ducati Panigale V4 came out, we didn’t know what to make of it. The photos didn’t reveal too much beyond a unique paint job, which is why we quickly moved on from them, but our Bothan Spies have made sure that we are in the loop on what is afoot.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Ducati 916 Superbike, which is a milestone near and dear to the hearts of many Ducatisti. And thus, it doesn’t surprise us to see that the spy photos show a machine that gives homage to that era of Ducati’s history – the 916/996/998 are perhaps the most iconic motorcycles ever made.
Tie those pieces into the fact that we know that Ducati has a special event ahead of the Laguna Seca WorldSBK round, and things start to get interesting, which is where our headline comes into play.
Word on the street is that Ducati is about to release a Carl Fogarty edition of the Ducati Panigale V4.
That news makes sense on several levels. For starters, it was just two years ago that Bologna released the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition at the Laguna Seca round, which makes the Californian stop a popular place for Ducati to debut its limited edition superbikes.
Second, Ducati has seen a great deal of interest in its racer replica models, with the one-off Panigale V4 race bikes from the 2018 World Ducati Week going for quite a handsome price on eBay – especially the one that sported the livery of Troy Bayliss.
The King of Superbikes, Carl Fogarty is an important part of not only Ducati’s racing history, but also the history of the World Superbike Championship as well.
The four-time champion is tied with Jonathan Rea for the most WorldSBK championships in a career, and he has remained a fan favorite for his…let’s call it “untempered” personality.
With the Ducati Panigale V4 headed into its third production year, a boost from King Carl could be just what the Italian brand needs in order to keep the Panigale V4 dominating the superbike sales sheets.
As such, we look forward to bringing you more information and photos when this bike arrives, which should be later this week. Stay tuned.
Source: Bothan Spies