First track test for Ducati's 1200 version of 1098

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The Ducati World Superbike squad have completed their first test on the 1200cc version of the 1098 they intend to race in 2008.

Eighteen-year-old Domenico Colucci, who currently rides for the Xerox Ducati Junior team on a Ducati 749 in the Superstock 600 class, completed the first shake down test on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Mugello.

The young Italian completed more than 600 miles during the three days onboard the up rated Superstock machine, complete with a 1200cc motor and a host of Superbike chassis components including top spec suspension.

The test comes at a very sensitive time within the WSB paddock where teams and organisers are still debating the future of the championship and the proposed rule change to allow 1200cc twins into the series.

Despite the uncertainty as to whether the bike will even be allowed to race in WSB and in what guise, Ducati are working flat out on their development programme.

It is believed test rider, Colucci will be involved in initial shake down testing and as the bike develops.
Ducati could also bring in other riders including their Superstock 1000 team of Brendan Roberts and Niccolo Canepa before putting Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi on the bike as it approaches the final version.

The next test for the new bike is scheduled for mid June, 2007.


Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider