The Ducati 998R "Testastretta" is equipped with a water-cooled two cylinder- 4 cycle-fuel injected engine. It has a cubic capacity of 999 cc and an output of approx. 188 bhp @ 12.500 rpm. The maximum speed is in excess of 300 kph. One special feature of the engine is the "desmodromic" valve operation. This system of force operation works without valve springs, the valves are operated directly by cam lobes and/or rocker arms. The camshaft is driven by a toothed belt, as customary for Ducati engines.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of Valentino Rossi making a pit stop at the 2011 Qatar GP.
Pre-order! Ship Date: 2014.
Height: 4 inches
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Historical Account: "Moving On" - On August 16th, 2010, after the Brno race, Rossi confirmed he would ride for Ducati Corse, signing a two year deal starting in 2011. He tested the Desmosedici for the first time in Valencia on November 9th, 2010, making his first appearance since 1999, on an Italian motorcycle.