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2012 Ducati Panigale S Superbike Smackdown Track Photo Gallery

See photos of Ducati’s latest Superbike in action during Motorcycle-USA’s Superbike Shootout. Read more in the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Track Comparison.

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The Ducati delivers great feel from the front end but awkard rear suspension set-up made it difficult to ride fast.
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The Ducati’s engine was rated fourth-best due to its hellacious top-end power.
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For our track test Ducati mounted up its kit Termignoni race pipe.
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For our track test Ducati mounted up its kit Termignoni race pipe.
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The 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale feels more Japanese than ever in terms of ergonomic fit.
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The new-spec Brembo front brakes offer incredible power but didn’t have as much lever feel as the BMW’s.
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Next to the KTM the Ducati’s engine pumped out the most amount of torque. Awkward rear suspension set-up made it difficult to unleash said torque on corner exit.
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The Ducati 1199 gets fitted with a fresh set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa race rubber.
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It proved difficult to get an accurate read on the Ducati as it’s handling was so strange it made it difficult to ride near the maximum.
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Superbike Smackdown IX Torque Comparison Chart
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Superbike Smackdown IX Horsepower Comparison Chart
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Ducati fit the 1199 with a Termignoni exhaust system for added power.
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It proved difficult to get an accurate read on the Ducati as it’s handling was so strange it made it difficult to ride near the maximum.
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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S
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Ducati 1199 Panigale instrument display.