While the Ducati 999 was not highly regarded in the marketplace (due entirely to its looks, not performance), that did not hinder the bike’s success as a race machine.
Introduced for the 2003 season it scored a debut 1-2 finish at Valencia with Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus.
The model then went on to win the Riders’ title for Hodgson (’03), James Toseland (’04) and Troy Bayliss (’06).
It also helped Ducati to win three Manufacturers’ titles, for the same years.
By its WSBK retirement at the end of the 2007, the 999 had won a total of 63 races at the hands of Bayliss (19), Hodgson (13), Laconi (10), Xaus (8), Haga (6), Toseland (4), Lanzi (2) and Garry McCoy (1).
This is the number 2 bike used by Leon Haslam during the 2006-07 British Superbike Championship. It recorded five first places, four seconds, and three thirds with Haslam finishing second in the 2006 title, and third the following year.
Power was 194 hp at 12,500 rpm, with a total weight of 162 kg. A top speed 312 km/h was recorded.
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