Can the Su­pers­port cut it on track?

Du­cati say it’s a sporty road bike, MCN de­cided to see just how sporty

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Du­cati de­scribe the Su­pers­port as a ‘sporty road­bike’. I de­scribe it – a lit­tle harshly, maybe – as a sports­bike for old men. So what about those sporty pre­ten­sions? Now I’m no track­day ad­dict, but I thought it would be a good test of the Su­pers­port S’s sporty side to see how it got on when pressed into track action.

A Du­cati track­day at Don­ing­ton beck­oned and the only tweaks I made to the bike were to drop the tyre pres­sures from 34psi front and back to 32 front and 30 back.

I spent a cou­ple of days get­ting my head around the bike’s lap timer, although as it uses the head­lamp flasher to stop the clock, I did get a few an­gry flashes in re­turn while I was prac­tis­ing get­ting to grips with it on the way to work a cou­ple of times!

The event it­self sees many rid­ers hire bikes from Du­cati and there were also plenty of pur­pose­ful-look­ing bikes be­ing wheeled out of vans and wrapped in toastie tyre warm­ers. I didn’t even fold my mir­rors in!

Af­ter a cou­ple of laps be­hind a Cal­i­for­nia Su­per­bike School in­struc­tor, I slowly built up the pace. The OE Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso II tyres worked well on the dry track and the Su­pers­port S had enough power around Don­ing­ton’s sweep­ing curves. A few 1299 Pani­gales came past me on the back straight but I was still pulling nearly 130mph and didn’t feel I needed any more power.

The brakes had plenty of bite and the Öh­lins sus­pen­sion gave plenty of feed­back. I kept the bike in Sport mode and apart from the oc­ca­sional missed gear, the quick­shifter and au­to­blip­per were wel­come.

I tried the screen in its high and low po­si­tion, but still pre­fer it in its low­est po­si­tion as I get a face-full of wind when it’s raised. That was also true on the M1 be­fore and af­ter the track­day.

The bike is at­tract­ing a lot of at­ten­tion and any­one who has a go on it tends to men­tion how sporty it is. Quite!­ton@mo­tor­cy­cle­

DU­CATI SU­PERS­PORT S Price £12,995 Fuel 16 litres @ 41.6mpg = 148-mile tank range Weight 210 kg (kerb) Seat 810mm Power 113bhp Torque 71.3 ftlb ANDY CAL­TON Rid­ing for 30 years and wants some­thing sporty but not scary Height 6ft 1in Weight 95kg

Cal­ton gets some much-needed ad­vice

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