WSB: Ducati unveil 2017 challenger

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Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri have uncovered the 2017 Panigale R they will race in the 2017 World Superbike Championship at the team launch in Italy.

Welshman Davies heads in to the 2017 season a clear favourite to challenge the all-conquering Jonathan Rea for the WSB crown after a dominant string of seven victories from eight races at the end of last season. 


Joining him in the Aruba Ducati squad for the season ahead is former series runner-up Marco Melandri, who heads back to WSB after two seasons away following a disastrous tenure with Aprilia’s MotoGP squad.

The bike’s livery remains largely unchanged for 2017 with the exception of a few sponsor stickers, retaining its striking fluorescent red and white colourscheme. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing