One afternoon in 2006, after he finished working on the design of Ducati 1098, Gianandrea Fabbro, motorcycle designer and senior designer for Ducati, made a pencil drawing of a bike that would one day become Ducati 1199 Panigale. “The first design was for fun! I knew there was no new bike happening but my dream was to make something very modern, compact and technical in design. The first sketch took me one afternoon. It was a pencil drawing so it was easy to erase it as I went along.”
Around the end of 2006 after 1098 was launched, Ducati had a new project with the code name 0801—the successor of 1098. They started an internal contest whose winner would get the job for designing a new Ducati. Three Ducati designers were chosen to compete. Of the three, two designs were selected to be built into full-size mock-ups. The mock-ups were made out of grey foam on purpose because color distracts attention from the geometric features that are evaluated at this level. Fabbro’s design won. These are some of Fabbro’s design sketches that became the Ducati 1199.