I just hope that what we see is part of the Ducati marketing strategy. If this ugly thing comes close to what we will see pretty soon, I'm glad I got my 749R.
No doubt that the XX9 is polarizing but at least it has character and can be recognized as a unique motorcycle.
The bike in the pics is a horrible mixture between Fireblade, R1 and the wonderful 916.
Someone on Speedzilla who alledgely saw the bike said the front did have a CBR/Fireblade look to it -which may not be a bad thing. It will probably have more of a D16 look to the front when the tape's off.
As for the rider being in a hurry. I don't get it. You park a test mule like that in the center of the street like that and expect people not to notice? Me thinks Ducati wants some publicity. After all, it's not totally clear how the bike looks - just a teaser.