When the MotoGP race starts, Ducati and Honda will both be looking to build up the Honda-Ducati alliance
The future of the Moto2 class is looking bright for Ducati as it prepares for the 2019 season, as the Italian manufacturer prepares for its first foray into the Moto3 category.
With a number of potential championship rivals already confirmed for the MotoX race, Duca has set its sights on its second title contender in the category, the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
The 1199, powered by Ducati’s new 959 Panigales, has proven to be a popular option for Duca’s rivals, but it will also have to face the potential of a new rival in the Honda factory, with the team looking to upgrade its engine.
The new engine, based on the 1199X engine, has been designed for the 2017-2019 model years, and will be fitted to the 1195 Panigarale.
The factory’s engineers have already developed the engine to be able to achieve the best possible output of torque and power, and the team will now try to produce the engine in time for the start of the 2019 MotoGP season.
The team has already confirmed that the new engine will be used for the first time on the first test of the season, which will take place at the Jerez circuit in Spain.
In the coming weeks, the factory will also look to develop the engine for use in the second test at Jerez, which is scheduled for December 3-4.
The factory’s first test at the circuit will take into account the current state of the engine, which could give the Duca team a clear idea of the direction it will go in.
The test will also see the team’s new engine tested in both a factory and a test session.
The test session will be held in the Jereza Circuit, with an emphasis on improving the efficiency of the new Duca engine.
If all goes according to plan, the new prototype engine will debut at the next test in Barcelona on December 6.
It will be a very interesting race for Ducalas future plans, with Ducati looking to become the new champion of the championship once again.