Back in March 1994, Formula 1 Legend Ayrton Senna gave Ducati the final approval to release a special edition superbike, the 916 Senna.
Ducati produced 300 Senna special edition suerbikes. But shortly after Senna gave Ducati the approval to build the superbike with gold frame, black bodywork, and red wheels the three-time F1 Champion was killed, while leading the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on 1 May 1994.
Thereafter Ducati further honoured Senna with two more special editions – a 916 Senna II in 1997, and a 916 Senna III in 1998. These Senna models, along with the original 1994 Senna, have since become highly sought after by international collectors.
Fast forward to 2014 and 20 years since his passing, Ducati has decided to once again pay tribute to the Brazilian legend. In collaboration with the Senna Foundation, Ducati will release another tribute model – the 1199 Panigale S Senna.
Only 161 Panigale S Senna superbikes will be produced, honouring the number of grand prix races Senna competed in.
The Senna edition is a Panigale S model bedecked in the the Senna black color scheme, red wheels, racing exhaust and a production number inscribed on the top fork clamp. The Ducati Panigale S Senna will go on sale in June 2014 exclusively in Brazil. (GP247)
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