A Closer Look at the 2019 Ducati WSB Challenger

Ducati has recently unveiled its new 2019 WSB Challenger. They just recently made their first official announcement of the bike that has been created for competition in the Superbike World Championship that is to be held later this year. The team is assembled and they’re ready to start preparations for the racing match.

What we know so far

The new 2019 WSD Challenger is Ducati’s initial iteration of the brand’s V4 Panigale and it is slated to be the principle bike for the Alvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies team. The racing season is slated to kick off in February between the 22nd and the 24th. The title sponsor is the tech firm Aruba.it and the Aruba Racing Ducati will be off with its team to land in Australia for a final testing prior to the start of the event at Phillip Island. Previous testing for Bautista and Davies has been impacted by Davies’ injuries but Bautista’s test run, although strong in the one lap pace showed inconsistency.

Concerns about the new Panigale R bike

The Panigale V4-R admittedly represents yet another learning curve for the Aruba team. Every time you begin with a new bike there is a lot to learn according to Davies. The team is looking forward to the new racing season but they’ve got their work cut out for them. Davies has looked at the risk factors for racing with the new Ducati V4 Panigale because it has the potential for being an un-competitive bike.

Will the changes be helpful or otherwise?

After reading about the concerns of a rider on the team, the new bike could turn out to be a boon in the competition or it could totally go the other way, only time will tell. Ducati’s new 2019 World Superbike the Panigale V4-R has received upgrades and newly developed machinery for its latest iteration of the Panigale. The change that the brand has made is a switch from the 1199cc V-Twin used for the Panigale since 2013. The new model is the V4 which has undergone quite an extensive series of testing already. The development of the new machinery has taken a considerable amount of time.

Will the new Ducati WSB Challenger deliver?

Confidence factors have prompted the Aruba team to consider a migration to the factory Kawasaki team. There are no guarantees and with the new bike coming one of the overarching concerns is with the maturity of the bike. It’s brand new and this means that there will likely be a lot of kinks that need to be ironed out. Herein lies the risk for any rider or team that signs on when a new bike is presented and there is no way to tell how long it will take for development to bring the bike to its maximum potential.

Do the risks outweigh the benefits?

As Davies pointed out it can take a year or better or just a matter of a few months for the bike to take the lead in racing This is in general terms when talking about superbikes of all brands and models and the V4 is no exception. It’s a gamble because the bike has not yet been proven but this could be the season that establishes its true mettle in racing. This isn’t a negative its just a fact of life in the racing industry that all riders have to seriously think about and consider because their careers are on the line and it’s very much about winning.

It remains to be seen how the new 2019 Ducati WSB challenger is going to perform on the track in actual racing conditions. With riders of comparable skills, much will depend on the handling, ability and speed capacity of the bike. Ducati needs to get back out there at the front of the pack, which it currently is not. The new bike can either do that for them or it can cause additional lag. So long as the members of the Aruba team can extract 100 percent from the bike, from their own skill sets under decent racing conditions they stand a chance of scoring championship points and taking a win. We’re all going to have our eyes on the new Panigale V4 this season.


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