The sound of a new era is coming, as Ducati prepares to unveil its new Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine – ahead of the Misano GP.

Ducati has been in the news a lot recently. There’s been talk of everyone from Harley-Davidson to KTM making a bid for ownership of the iconic Italian brand – but now the motorcycle world is eagerly anticipating the latest announcement from the Bologna-based bike builders.

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Driven by the firm’s desire to recapture their World Superbike domination, and in support of their recent renewed focus and resurgent success in MotoGP, the new V4 will be a road bike evolved from the track – rather than a road bike turned racer.

Using our powers of deduction, and a rudimentary understanding of Italian, we assume that the engine will be used to power Ducati’s newest road-going Superbike – because “Stradale” is Italian for “Road”. It’s a departure from Ducati’s usual strategy, with the new V4 a road bike built on exisiting race technology – rather than the other way round.

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Taking place on Thursday 7 September 2017 at 12.00pm the Marco Simoncelli Misano Circuit – we can’t wait to see the new V4 Ducati in the flesh.

Ross Mowbray
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