Ducati is hoping the 959 Panigale will appeal to those stepping up to sportbikes from naked bikes, as well as riders of Japanese 600cc supersports who feel ready for a bike with increased performance, prestige, and character. They’re also looking at attracting crossover customers who are set to replace their 1,000cc Japanese superbikes, but balk at paying the steep premium for the 1299 Panigale. In doing so, Ducati has set out to produce a bike with accessible performance on street or track that you can enjoy Sunday morning blasts on along Racer Road, as well as ride to a circuit, spend a day lapping it (and recording the data on the optional DDA data analysis system), then ride home again—all without changing tires, gearing or electronics. Ducati has taken the overall format and so-cool styling of the bigger-engined Panigales and, with a 955cc engine, made it more of a road bike without losing its track focus. So let’s give thanks to the bureaucrats in Brussels who dreamed up the Euro 4 regulations, for without those the 959 Panigalina might not have been created.