Ducati test rider – Alessandro Valia – has been thrashing the 205hp Ducati 1299 Panigale round the Mugello track in Italy. The 1285cc engine is unique to the new machine, and helped Valia achieve a 1 minute 55.3 seconds lap time – pretty impressive when you consider that the lap record is 1 minute 47.157 seconds (Dani Pedrosa on a MotoGP bike in 2013). That means he averaged 101.8mph around the 3.259 mile track – just 10.6mph short of Pedrosa’s average on a fully race-engineered machine.
Here’s what he had to say about the bike: “With the new Panigale I expected an increase in performance, but the final result has surpassed those expectations. This is not just a sensation, but a concrete result. During my first test of the 1299 Panigale S on the Mugello circuit, in fact, I managed to obtain a best lap that shocked me: 1’55″3! A really incredible time for a production bike – with lights, turn signals, and mirrors – made possible thanks in part to powerful thrust from the new 1285 cc Superquadro engine with 205 hp and monumental torque”.