An epic moment for the Panigale and Ismael Bonilla, who entered in the history of Ducati after winning the very first race of the 1199 Panigale.
Albacete, Sunday March 4, 2012. Ismael Bonilla and EMS Competicion have been on top of the podium after winning the inaugural race of the Castellano-Manchego Championship achieving the first official victory for the new Ducati 1199 Panigale
The brand new bike arrived with no time to work on any upgrade. With just a Ducati Performance exhaust and the race fairings, Ismael Bonilla went on track for the first time with the Panigale on saturday morning, the first qualification practice.
In his second chance to fight for the grid qualification, Ismael Bonilla set the fastest time of the practice but he was disqualified due to the loss of the fairing while he was on track.
Bonilla started from the ninth position of the grid as his official best time was the one scored in the first session, but this does not prevent him from achieving the victory after a battle with Isaac Martin.
Ismael Bonilla: «I’m very happy, I feel great. Honestly I could win because of the bike. With just two practice times the Panigale was almost perfect and it shows how good it is. This bike doesn’t need so much physical effort to ride fast and is the same with the tires which finished the race in a very good condition».