While Ducati is busy making headlines launching of its Hyperstrada and Hypermotard by Ducati Corse rider Nicky Hayden yesterday evening and rumours about the Panigale 899 making its debut in the Asian region during the MotoGP here in Malaysia this weekend, elsewhere, specifically in Brazil, Ducati has revealed a special surprise at the Salao Duas Rodas motorcycle fair in Sao Paulo – The Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna.
The famed formula 1 driver, Aryton Senna, is said to have personally chosen a special livery colour during his visit to the Ducati factory a few weeks before his last race at Imola in 1994, and its because of its 20th anniversary that Ducati has decided to pay homage once again, expressing its passionate respect for one of the most prestigious “Ducatisti” with another limited special edition.
Working close with the Senna Foundation, this latest offering is the fourth tribute bike for the famous F1 driver, after the 300 units limited run of the 916 Senna I in 1995, followed by a 916 Senna II in 1997 and, finally, a 916 Senna III in 1998.
This fourth tribute bike, based on the 1199 Panigale S, will only be limited to just 161 units, signifying the number of F1 Grand Prix raced by the Brazilian star, and will only be available in Brazil starting June next year. Apart from the special livery, the Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna is equipped with a racing exhaust system and each of the 161 unit will bear an individual production number inscribed on the top fork clamp.
Ducati present “Senna” version of 1199 Panigale S exclusively in Brazil from June 2014
- 1199 Panigale S Senna presented at Sao Paulo Motorcycle Show
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- Produced in accordance with the Senna Foundation, the limited edition exclusively for Brazil will start in June 2014
Sao Paulo (Brazil), 8 October 2013 – Marking Ducati’s participation at the Two Wheels Motorcycle Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Italian manufacturer presented a surprise Senna version of their 1199 Panigale S model.
Realised exclusively for the Brazilian market, a limited edition series of just 161 motorcycles are to be produced, signifying the number of F1 Grand Prix raced by the Brazilian star. The special livery colour was chosen by Ayrton Senna himself during his visit to the Ducati factory only a few weeks before his last race in Imola in 1994, and later used to produce a first series of 300 motorcycles designed to honour star in 1995.
The first Ducati tribute to Senna was a 916SP finished in grey with red wheels, the “916 Senna I”, of which only 300 were produced, with two more versions, the “916 Senna II” and “916 Senna III” built in 1997 and 1998. All three versions of the Ducati 916 Senna model were limited editions and remain highly sought-after by collectors world-wide.
Ducati, in close agreement with the Senna Foundation and wishing to contribute to the charitable and educational goals the Foundation pursues, decided to pay homage once again, expressing its passionate respect for one of the most prestigious “Ducatisti” ever with the 1199 Panigale S Senna.
Starting from June 2014, the 1199 Panigale S Senna will sport the special Senna colour scheme and each of the 161 motorcycles will be supplied with a racing exhaust system and each have its individual production number inscribed on the top fork clamp.
Number 01/161 of the Senna limited edition version of Ducati’s industry-benchmark Superbike will be displayed on the Ducati stand of the TWO WHEELS Motorcycle Show in Sao Paulo, alongside one of the original Ducati 916 Senna models.