Ducati's revolutionary 1199 Panigale superbike is now in full production and MCN was on hand to watch the first bikes being built, marking the start of a new era for the Italian firm.
Its new 1200cc V-twin, with an aluminium monocoque chassis and some of the most advanced electronics ever seen on a motorcycle, produces close to 200bhp. At the world launch last weeks MCN's senior road tester was blown away by the bike's performance and sophistication.
Ducati is already sitting on a full order book, with most of the 8000 bikes scheduled to be bult in 2012 sold - 300 of those are coming to the UK. Ducati was taking orders from around the world for the new bike before it had even been officially confirmed.
While MCN was at the factory, the numbers of bikes being built was still less than 20 per day. As the process is refined that will reach 80 per day.