Ducati has made public the name its next generation superbike and confirmed that the machine’s first public appearance will take place at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, which runs from November 10 to 13, 2011.
Officially designated as the Ducati 1199 Panigale, the new motorcycle will be campaigned in next year’s FIM Superstock Championship before being used in the World Superbike (SBK) Championship for 2013. The one-year delay in the new bike’s SBK debut gives Ducati an opportunity to fine-tune it during 2011, which in turn will reduce its development costs for Ducati’s SBK team who will continue to use the 1198 next year.
Accompanying this announcement was a phonetic breakdown of the new 1199’s name. Pronounced “Pan-ee-gah-lee”, Ducati says the name is a tribute to the company’s roots in the Borgo Panigale region of Bologna, Italy. Also known as Motor Valley, Borgo Panigale has a history of high-performance motorcycles and racing, which is why Ducati felt its name would be an appropriate fit for their latest flagship machine.