To keep Ducati's WSB winning tradition a 1200cc engine has been under development for several months now.
One of the Ducati satellite teams is reported to have tested a prototype of a new big-bore V-twin late last year under the fairing of a innocent looking 999 race bike.
The proposition of owning a 999R is not as tempting anymore as all the four Japanese make big road 1000's that produce massive horsepower in comparison. Ducati keeps their WSB race 999's competitive by employing MotoGP level tuning.
This is very expensive and particularly as the 999's don't sell.
The next Ducati superbike has to be a stunner with at least the same amount of horsepower as the in-line fours. To achieve that Ducati will most likely launch a 1199 (as our designer has added), 1116 or 1188cc R version to replace 999R. Then the engine would be dripped down to a S and a standard version. As Ducati use their engines in several platforms we can then expect the range topping Monster model to receive a 1200cc engine too. That would be fun!