The Ducati 999 was one of the most successful superbikes of its era in the Superbike World Championship – the model won the championship outright in 2003 (Neil Hodgson), 2004 (James Toseland), 2006 (Troy Bayliss), and it also won the 2005 BSB title (Gregorio Lavilla).
The Ducati 999
The 999 had its work cut out for it when it was first released in 2003 as a replacement for the much loved Ducati 916. The Massimo Tamburini-designed 916 is widely regarded as one of the most desirable superbikes of the modern age, so there was an inordinate amount of pressure on its successor.
Ducati fitted the 999 with a 998cc to 999cc (depending on model), liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 90° L-twin with double overhead cams and four desmodromic valves per cylinder. This engine is capable of between 138 hp and 145 hp depending on the specific 999 model iteration, and it’s mated to