The Ducati TriOptions Cup will switch to the newer Ducati 959 Panigale for 2017 and 2018. The move was announced at the British Superbike round at Thruxton last weekend by Ducati UK MD Tim Maccabee and BSB Race Director Stuart Higgs.
Bit of luck that Ducati race truck parked up behind them as the photo was being taken. Originally starting at the Ducati 848 Challenge in 2010, it switch to the Ducati 899 Panigale for 2014. And it’s likely to be officially known as the ‘Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup’ just to make headlines as long as possible.
In addition to a 959 Panigale with the required modifications, entry for the season for 2016 was £2,400, or £330 per race.
Ducati 848 Challenge Champions:
- 2010 – Darren Fry
- 2011 – Leon Morris
- 2012 – Robbie Brown
- 2013 – Marty Nutt
Ducati TriOptions Cup Champions:
- 2014 – Dennis Hobbs
- 2015 – Robbie Brown
If you want to compete, you’ll need to be registered and hold the minimum of a 2016 Clubman racing license from the ACU or Scottish ACU (Or an FIM International License if you’re not from the UK). Aside from the reward of competing and winning, there are also Ducati Performance vouchers, kit, and entry into the following season on offer for the top riders, and Pirelli tyres as prizes for each event (along with the trophies, of course).
And if you do give it a go – get in touch so we can follow your progress next year…
Actually, does this mean there are going to be a number of track ready Ducati 899 Panigales floating around at the end of the season?