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SBK, Ducati prepares to enter All Japan Superbike with one eye on Suzuka

EXCLUSIVE - Work is underway in Borgo Panigale on a new challenge and apparently it will be the Kagayama team, orphaned by Suzuki, that will have the Panigale V4 in the championship reserved for production-derived bikes with the prospect of aiming for the 8 Hours

SBK: Ducati prepares to enter All Japan Superbike with one eye on Suzuka

Between successes on the track and record sales on the market, Ducati is perhaps experiencing one of the best periods in its history. All that remains for Borgo Panigale is therefore to enjoy the golden moment, given the efforts made in recent years.

The company certainly doesn't have the slightest intention of remaining idle, because it is already working towards 2024. In this regard, there could be a new challenge awaiting the Red team next year, represented by the All Japan Superbike Championship.

There is nothing official yet, but according to what has been learned, the Panigale V4 could debut in the Japanese championship reserved for production-derived machinery with a real excellence, namely the Kagayama team, which as we well know was left orphaned by Suzuki.

The structure, which in recent seasons has relied on the qualities of Mizuno, needs very little introduction, given that in the Far East it represents a benchmark in the two-wheeled racing world. Who knows if this agreement, if it becomes official, will serve as a springboard for future participation in the Suzuka 8 Hours, the queen of Endurance races.

Relying on a structure like Kagayama, which knows the 8 Hours better than the back of its hands, would certainly represent a great opportunity to compete with a giant like Honda. Arrival in Japan, given the presence in America, BSB and Australia, would represent the closing of the circle. 

 

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