It would seem that the Audi acquisition of Ducati is paying off in mysterious ways. The Lamborghini-esque Superleggera Panigale model and a greater commitment to MotoGP racing were all likely payoffs from having the luxury car maker at the helm of Ducati. Now it seems that VW group technology of a different kind is to be extended to their motorcycle division with an new Multistrada model due later this year that will be diesel powered.
Ducati has revealed a face lifted version of its Diavel power cruiser at a VW event on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show. The 2015 model incorporates a bunch of changes aimed at improving ergonomics and smoothing the power delivery. To that end the Dual Spark Testastretta engine first seen in the revised Multistrada 1200 makes an appearance.
So if you read this site with any regularity you couldn’t have helped but notice that there hasn’t been much going on since the end of 2013. Sorry about that. The fact is it became more and more difficult to dedicate the time to keep investing in Ducati News Today and the quality was slipping as a result.
About that same time I seemed to inexplicably lose access to Ducati Press releases which made it even easier to just decide to stop. So there you have it. I may still post on the site from time to time but more often than not the ideas I have for posts never get around to being translated into bits and bytes.
I really enjoyed the journey that was Ducati News Today and I want to thank you all for reading, commenting and linking to my content. Over the past 5 years this site has posted almost 2,000 times so there is plenty to explore in the back catalogue if you have the inclination.
Thanks a bunch and happy riding.
This is Walter Villa’s works Ducati 750 TT1. Ducatis TT racers are some of the most beautiful and minimalist racing motorcycles ever created (certainly over the last 40 years).
When Valentino Rossi arrived at Ducati in 2011 most Ducati fans had high expectations of the pairing of the most passionate brand in motorcycle racing with the 9 times World champion. As the excuses mounted and the results failed to come, many fans turned toxic blaming Rossi for Ducati’s woes. With the close of the 2013 MotoGP season last weekend in Valencia, we finally get some perspective on just how far behind Ducati is in the race for competitiveness and how it wasn’t Rossi’s fault after all.
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali used the EICMA press conference in Milan to unveil the new Ducati Monster 1200, the third generation of Ducati’s iconic naked model.
Ducati has announced that Welsh rider, Chaz Davies, and the Italian, Davide Giugliano, are both now officially confirmed to compete for the Italian manufacturer for the 2014 and 2015 World Superbike seasons. This is an important decision for Ducati, determined to bounce back after a year of disappointing results for the 1199 Panigale, which failed to deliver the results expected in World Superbike despite its considerable success in many national championships and the highly-competitive FIM Superstock Cup.
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He may only have 2 more races of his 5 year Ducati career to go but Nicky Hayden seems determined to go out on a high. The Kentucky Kid put his Ducati GP13 on the front row for Sunday’s penultimate 2013 MotoGP at Motegi, Japan at times running at the front.