Sibling rivalry: Ducati 999 v 998

Published: 01 October 2002

In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday October 2, there’s a very special interview with Pierre Terblanche, father of Ducati’s 999. In it he claims the new bike is " twice as good as the 998 " . So, we went to find out.

We took both bikes to Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground – as good a test of real world riding as you’ll find anywhere, and an MCN favourite for finding the weak spots in a bike’s armour.

Loaded with datalogging kit, we slapped on two of the country’s most experienced road testers and lit the blue touch paper. Twice as good? Turn to page 22 and find out.

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