Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies, COTA and the Ducati 1199 Panigale R

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The entire Ducati circus is down in Austin this week for the international media launch of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R. We’ll be there Thursday, but until then, here’s 75 gorgeous photos of the fastest bike in the world, lapping what’s quickly shaping up to be America’s greatest track, in the hands of our two fastest racers.

  • The_Doctor

    Is the general public invited, or do I just have to flash a Ducati key to get in?

    • Wes Siler

      It’s a private media launch.

      • HellomynameisAG

        post a pic of your press pass, we can make those and then all party. haha (JK)

      • The_Doctor

        …But you can get me in, right? Because we are such good buddies, right? Right?

        Maybe I will just take the Monster out to the parking lot and hope someone lets me in.

  • Damien Gaudet

    Fantastic photos. That machine is truly lust worthy.

  • Aclr8 LLC

    In the past the “R” model was further distanced from the S and Base models in both upgrades and price. Did Ducati speak at all to that point? Was it just because the base and S models of the 1199 are already more hardcore than the 1198 and 1198S were respectively? Or did they go less hardcore on the R model so they could sell it at a lower price and potentially move more units?

    • Wes Siler

      As you can see in the above article, I’m riding the bike on Thursday…

      • Aclr8 LLC

        Whoops, saw all of the posts about the press launch all over the place and ASSumed it had already happened. Well, could you inquire as to the previous issue if there is opportunity during the press briefing(s)?

  • nick

    I’m intrigued by the clip-on attachment. Do all 1199′s use a similar clasp design?