SAO PAULO, Brazil - Ducati this week presented a surprise limited-edition Ayrton Senna version of the 1199 Panigale S during the Two Wheels Motorcycle Show being held in Sao Paulo.
Only 161 of the Senna bikes will be produced starting next year, and only for the Brazilian market, according to Ducati. The number of bikes produced coincides with the number of F1 Grand Prix events raced by the Brazilian star.
"The special livery color was chosen by Ayrton Senna himself during his visit to the Ducati factory only a few weeks before his last race in Imola in 1994, and later used to produce a first series of 300 motorcycles designed to honor [the] star in 1995," Ducati announced.
Other Ducati tributes to Senna have included a 916SP "Senna I" finished in gray with red wheels, of which only 300 were produced, and the “916 Senna II” and “916 Senna III” built in 1997 and 1998. All three versions of the Ducati 916 Senna model were limited editions and remain highly sought-after by collectors worldwide, the OEM noted.
The 1199 Panigale S Senna will sport the special Senna color scheme. Each of the 161 motorcycles will be supplied with a racing exhaust system and will have an individual production number inscribed on the top fork clamp.
From a press release. Posted by Mary Slepicka