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BSB News. Alex Polita swells the Ducati Panigale ranks with a return aboard the JHP Racing 1199 at Donington Park.
Alex Polita will be back on the MCE British Superbike Championship grid for the final four rounds of the 2012 season after securing a return with JHP Racing.
The former FIM Superstock 1000 champion began the season with the Jentin Doodson team aboard the brand-new Ducati 1199 Panigale, but was left without a ride when Jentin and Doodson split and the latter outfit returned to Honda machinery.
Almost three months later, Polita will once again be riding a Panigale 1199, but this time under the banner of JHP Racing, which was also involved with Jentin Doodson by providing technical support.
Polita first sampled the bike during a BSB test at Donington Park last month and will be back at the circuit for his first outing aboard the Italian machine, though he says the event will be treated as a 'test' ahead of a full 2013 campaign.
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The 1170 RS is a lightweight, Ducati racing motorcycle designed to compete with Superbikes & SuperSports: A 301 lbs dry weight and 128 hp air cooled beauty...
Engine: Race-Spec Hypermotard Evo 1170 cc
Two Valves/Cylinder & Air-Cooled: Fewer parts & lighter weight
Chassis: Pierobon F042 with updated swing-arm
Weight: 301 pounds (with oil/no gas)
Sub-Frames: Lightened and integrated
Forced Air Intake: Ram-air ducts & airbox
Rear cylinder cooling: Targeted air flow through air tunnels & body vents
Low exhaust: Low COG
Improved engine cooling: large oil cooler (V-shaped Corse-type/custom fabricated to fit 1170 RS bodywork)
Strong fuel delivery: 1098 fuel pump
Modern electronics: Falcon Digital Dash/lightweight battery/wiring harness
Own Braking. Own the Corner. Own the Exit. At the right track, it will own the lap time. 1170RS
Lot's more photos and info at http://www.1170rs.com/overview
Last year's Ducati 848 Challenge Champion Leon Morris will move into the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 series this season and race a Ducati 1199 Panigale under the John Hackett Performance banner.
Morris had to fight off stiff competition from veteran Mike Edwards in the 2011 Challenge while Darren Fry, also a front runner in last year's series, will return to the fray on a JHP-backed 848...more