Ducati announced last week that we'll be seeing the new 899 Panigale competing alongside the 848's in the Ducati TriOptions Cup in 2014.
It will be good to see how the new mini Panigale performs on track next to the Ducati 848 Evo models in the MCE British Superbike series. Featuring a new “Superquadro” engine, the 899 Panigale has 148hp and a full Ducati electronics package including quick shift, traction control and ABS. It's also rumoured that an 'S' version is in the offing with electronically adjustable suspension.
We are due to see the new 899 in November, with entrants to the TriOptions Cup getting £1000 off the £12,495 price tag.
Ducati had this to say about the new 899: "Ducati UK, together with MSVR, have confirmed a two-year outline deal to ensure that the iconic Ducati sound will remain part of the MCE British Superbike Championship. For 2014, the Ducati TriOptions Cup will feature the all-new Ducati Superbike 899 Panigale alongside the existing 848 Evo model in a new format for the series".
"For 2014 the series registration fee is reduced to £750 which includes a Ducati Corse paddock clothing pack, access to the exclusive Ducati UK hospitality unit and other benefits to be confirmed. Neil Hodgson, World and British Superbike champion, will continue his role as series ambassador to help promote the series and support the riders with his racing expertise and experience"
"The 2014 Ducati TriOptions Cup will again be contested with two point scoring races over eight MCE British Superbike Championship events, including the TT Circuit Assen. The full 2014 Ducati TriOptions Cup calendar and full regulations will be announced in due course. The series will feature an overall winner and an 848 class winner for riders who will continue to run the current model."
"The overall winner of the 2014 Ducati TriOptions Cup will receive a £5,000 cash prize, a Ducati Corse riding suit and free entry either to the 2015 series or the National Superstock 1000 Championship (providing they will ride a Ducati). The 848 class winner will receive a £2,500 cash prize plus riding suit."
Ducati UK Managing Director Tim Maccabee said: "As we enter our fourth year as part of the British Superbikes series, it’s great to be able to announce that we will feature the new Supermid Panigale 899, keeping the series at the cutting edge of sports bike technology. I can’t wait for the new season to start!"
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