Ducati UK, together with MSVR have confirmed a two year outline deal to ensure that the iconic Ducati sound will remain part of the MCE British Superbike Championship. For 2014 the Ducati TriOptions Cup will feature the all-new Ducati Superbike 899 Panigale alongside the existing 848 Evo model in a new format for the series.
The Ducati TriOptions Cup will be the first series to showcase the “Supermid” version of the award-winning Panigale following its much-anticipated launch on the eve of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt earlier this week.
The new 899 Panigale is priced at £12,495 and will be in showrooms in November featuring a new Superquadro engine, producing 148hp and a full electronics package including Ducati Quick Shift, Ducati Traction Control and ABS.
For 2014 the series registration fee is reduced to £750 which includes a Ducati Corse paddock clothing pack, access to the exclusive Ducati UK hospitality unit and other benefits to be confirmed. Neil Hodgson, World and British Superbike champion, will continue his role as series ambassador to help promote the series and support the riders with his racing expertise and experience.
Entrants to the series, after paying the registration fee will be able to enjoy £1,000 off the price of an 899 Panigale while those 2013 participants choosing to upgrade will be entitled to a £1,500 discount on the price of an 899 Panigale. If purchased before 20th December 2013 they will also receive a free Termignoni slip-on exhaust system which will be a requirement of the 2014 season.
The 2014 Ducati TriOptions Cup will again be contested with two point scoring races over eight MCE British Superbike Championship events, including the TT Circuit Assen. The full 2014 Ducati TriOptions Cup calendar and full regulations will be announced in due course.
The series will feature an overall winner and an 848 class winner for riders who will continue to run the current model.
The overall winner of the 2014 Ducati TriOptions Cup will receive a £5,000 cash prize, a Ducati Corse riding suit and free entry either to the 2015 series or the National Superstock 1000 Championship (providing they will ride a Ducati). The 848 Class winner will receive a £2,500 cash prize plus riding suit.
Ducati UK Managing Director Tim Maccabee said: “As we enter our fourth year as part of the British Superbikes series, it’s great to be able to announce that we will feature the new Supermid Panigale 899, keeping the series at the cutting edge of sports bike technology. I can’t wait for the new season to start!”