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  • Dec 26th 2012 at 4:57PM
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Ducati has finally put the finishing touches on its newest race bike: the 1199 Panigale RS13. To celebrate, the team took its newest creation down to Mugello for a quick sprint around the track ahead of its date with the World Superbike Championship. Factory riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini have put in plenty of hours on the saddle during development in an effort to fine tune the bike before making their official competition debut at Phillip Island early next year. We'll have to wait and see if it has paid off.

The race-only bike has stripped off as much weight as possible thanks in part to the fact that WSBK organizers have repealed the weight limit for V-twin powered bikes. Previously, the 1098R Superbike had to carry nearly 14 pounds of weight ballast to offset the 200cc displacement advantage the V-twin had over its four-cylinder rivals.

Ducati has released a video of the new 1199 Panigale RS3 whipping around Mugello for us all to enjoy. You can check it out below.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 2 Years Ago
      well that was a boring video. I've seen Honda Accord adverts more exciting.
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Underwhelming to say the least!
      • 2 Years Ago
      14lbs of ballast! That's like one entire WSBK Rider! Marketing guys for Ducati: stop effing up the engine noise with that terrible music. A Ducati is sonerous enough you clowns.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What happened to the rest of it? No big deal, the WBSK opener should be quite a spectacle this year!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Just saw the score board from this past session; Tom Sykes lost by half a point, crazy!
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yeah, it was a fantastic season for WSBK. Crazy drama right up until the end.
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