Michele Pirro wins from pole at Misano

A colourful flyover by the Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team signalled go time for the World Ducati Week Panigale V4 S ‘Race of Champions’ at 1300 on Saturday afternoon at Misano

The race saw 12 Ducati MotoGP and SBK Champions competing on the Misano circuit onboard specially prepared Panigale V4 S machines in dedicated liveries.

World Ducati Week Race Of Champions Flyover
World Ducati Week 2018 “Race of Champions”

After the free practice sessions and qualifying rounds to establish the starting grid, the race saw Michele Pirro, who started at pole position, immediately take the lead, setting a pace that allowed him to extend his advantage over the group of pursuers.

World Ducati Week Race Of Champions Pirro Fores Rinaldi
World Ducati Week 2018 “Race of Champions”

A spectacular comeback by Rabat who recovered from a poor start to move up to second place after a series of duels with Melandri, Miller and Fores, firing up the spectators at the Misano World Circuit.

World Ducati Week Race Of Champions Fores Rabat
Tito Rabat chasing down Xavi Fores – World Ducati Week Race Of Champions Fores Rabat

Miller, Melandri and Rinaldi followed in order, then Dovizioso, Siméon, Petrucci, Lorenzo, Abraham and Bayliss to complete the exceptional line-up of the “Race of Champions”. Bayliss ran off the circuit around mid-race while running ninth, rejoining the race at the back of the field.

The rain – which fortunately stopped falling after a few minutes – forced the chequered flag at the sixth lap, two laps ahead of time, but didn’t detract from the victory of the Ducati MotoGP Team test rider.

World Ducati Week Race Of Champions Michele Pirro
Michele Pirro – World Ducati Week 2018 “Race of Champions”

At the end of the race the riders greeted the public, with spectacular burn-outs. The 12 Panigale V4 S from the “Race of Champions”, plus the thirteenth of Chaz Davies who has not competed due to injury, will be available to purchase through a public auction on eBay.

World Ducati Week Race Of Champions Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso – World Ducati Week 2018 “Race of Champions”

Claudio Domenicali handed out awards to the three winners on the podium, giving them a sculpture replicating the crankshaft of the Panigale V4.

WDW 2018 Panigale V4 S Race of Champions Results
  1. Pirro Michele ITA Ducati Panigale V4 – 1’38.030
  2. Ra bat Esteve ESP Ducali Panigale V4 +2.388s – 1’38.171
  3. Forés Javier ESP Ducali Panigale V4 +3.070s – 1’36.610
  4. Miller Jack AUS Ducati Panìgale V4 +5.838s – 1’39.304
  5. Melandri Marco ITA Ducali Pamgale V4 +6.144s – 1’39.264
  6. Rinaldi Michael ITA Ducali Panigale V4 +6.698 – 1’39.168
  7. Dovizioso Andrea ITA Ducali Panigale V4 +7.788s – 1’39.149
  8. Simeon Xavier BEL Ducali Panigale V4 +9.706s – 1’39.860
  9. Petrucci Danilo ITA Ducall Panigate V4 +12.324s – 1’39.877
  10. Lorenzo Jorge ESP Ducat• Panigale V4 +14.413s – 1’40.252
  11. Abrham Karel CZE Ducali Panìgale V4 +15.708s – 1’40.750
  12. Bayliss Troy AUS Ducali Panigale V4 +37.059s – 1’39.662

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