996 SBK

Starting in 1999, the maximum displacement of the Ducati Superbike went from 916 to 996cc.

The perfect lines of the 996 did not differ from the 916.

Even the details of the chassis were hardly changed.

In 1999, with the birth of Ducati Corse, the 996 became the undisputed queen of the Superbike World Championship.

The use of composite materials and most sophisticated technologies made the 996 absolutely unbeatable.

Rear view of the 996 Factory 1999.

Carl Fogarty was winner of the third and fourth SBK rider’s title on the seat of the 996 in 1998 and 1999.

In 1998, Pierfrancesco Chili was the feared adversary of Fogarty, still riding the Ducati 996.


The 996 replaced the 916 in 1998 and quickly became a pride and joy of the Borgo Panigale factory.
The 996 was successful in numerous championship and won the World Superbike Championship three times in a row!

Many features of the 996 are the same as the 916; both had a Desmodromic double camshaft, L-twin cylinder engine and a Trellis frame.
The new features of the 996 included lighter three-spoke wheels, an improved Brembo braking system.
A special model sold in California also included Ohlins rear shock absorber and steering damper as well as Marchesini five-spoke wheels.



 1997 1st Austrian Pro Superbike Championship
Andreas Meklau
 1998 1st World Superbike Championship
Carl Fogarty
 1998 1st World Superbike Championship
Constructors Championship
 1999 1st World Superbike Championship
Carl Fogarty
 1999 1st World Superbike Championship
Constructors Championship
 1999 1st Italian Superbike Championship
Paolo Casoli
 1999 1st British Superbike Championship
Troy Bayliss
 2000 1st World Superbike Championship
Constructors Championship
 2000 1st British Superbike Championship
Neil Hodgson
 2001 1st British Superbike Championship
John Reynolds

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