Onboard a superstock 1199 at Jerez

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Here, superstock racer Niccolò Canepa rides his Ducati 1199 Panigale around Spain’s Circuito de Jerez. That’s a smooth, flowing fast track, but damn if Canepa and the Ducati don’t make it look short, small and dramatic.

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Look for an episode of RideApart TV on the Panigale tomorrow.

  • James

    He’s getting his money’s worth out of that steering damper.

    • tbowdre

      Damper? sure seems to be getting a ton of head shake!! Maybe they’re testing without one? Sure doesnt seem to be slowing him down

      • James

        I can’t believe they’d want one without a damper, especially considering how much TC they’re using. That light’s flashing every time he’s on the gas! You can see it constantly making you not-crash, it’s pretty incredible. Certainly seems to be a lively beast anyway.

        Can’t wait till this engine trickles into more street friendly bikes.

  • Penguin

    What a machine and what a ride,

    Plus, adjusting the camera at just shy of 160mph – awesome.

  • David Strakovsky

    Insane riding, and bike.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.prichinello.7 Michael Prichinello

    Take note of that light touch Canepa uses on the bars. He hardly closes his fingers around the grips, allowing him to feel through the bars, rather than using the grip of death.

    • Strandbum

      Indeed very impressive to watch him following the bike and considering they’re going though similar body positioning, acceleration braking, etc all the while his grips remained that calm and loose.

      I’m new to track days and just done a few this year. For those that really wants a view behind the curtain on what ‘at speed’ is all about, take the opportunity to do two-up with a racer if the situation presents itself:


      I was blown away when sitting behind Chris Ulrich in how fast in each segment, how deep before braking, how far leaned over, how stable, etc. And since it’s at the same track, that experience gave me huge confidence in me and my trusty Tuono can do. Was much more relaxed and composed in my subsequent sessions and gained a lot in lap time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottpargett Scott Pargett

    Fuck, yes…

    P.S. Is the amber light on the center of the dash the TC kicking in?

    • Yashin

      if the systems are still functioning like the stock bike then yeah!
      watch as the TC kicks in while he gets sides ways and counter steers it from 2:24 . its a mad bull with clipons I tell ya

  • Glenngineer

    Watching this, muted, makes me realize I don’t even know what speed is. And that is a beautiful triple clamp.

    • Jesse

      All of the above, yes. I’m happy that I don’t think of myself as fast, ever. BEcause if I did? This would have stomped my ego flat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.cook.549221 Corey Cook

    Curious that the steering damper is completely removed. I wonder if they’re running a traditional one under the fairings…?

    • Anthony Creek

      The steering damper is under the dash. The mounting points you see unused are for the keyed ignition.

  • Slothrop

    This would be so much better without the music…

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.howard.9889 Michael Howard

      What kind of person thinks, “This video is kinda boring. It’s missing something. Hey, let’s add music!”? Ugh.

      • http://twitter.com/GeneCash Gene Cash

        Yeah, I made it about 34 seconds in before I lost interest because of the music.

  • http://twitter.com/Cranky_Hippo Bryan Burnett

    At first i was like “Wow that 1199 is a handful, look at him fly tho!” Then the other guy goes by… And I rethink what fast is.

    As for the music at least it was only in the beginning and not through the whole video. It was not the most obnoxious music I’ve heard in other moto vids.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.howard.9889 Michael Howard

      Ah. The music was such a distraction/annoyance to me I couldn’t watch it that far. Thanks for mentioning this – now I’ll watch the whole thing.

  • http://twitter.com/damiengaudet Damien Gaudet

    Amazing that a motogp bike will get around there about 10 sec. faster. Great vid. The Panigale is definitely lust worthy.

  • karlInSanDiego

    Right before he went out the mechanic said, “Remember, we’re testing the durability of the shock, so hit EVERY rumble strip on exit. We want complete bounce on every exit. If it lasts this session, then you can stop hitting them.”