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.
Ducati Motor Holding and Ben Spies announced today that the American will not be racing in 2014 after the parties reached agreement to resolve Ben’s current contract with the Italian racing manufacturer.
By mutual agreement, Ducati and Alstare have decided to terminate their partnership, which started in November 2012. Ducati and Team Alstare have reached the end of a very difficult season unable to achieve the desired results, despite the effort, commitment and resources applied by both parties.
Ducati plans to unveil its full 2014 model range in just over a week but the company is already teasing Ducati fans with the invite to the November 4th Press conference during the EICMA show in Milan.
Ducati is taking a page from Lamborghini’s playbook in introducing a new, expensive and limited edition model Panigale. Celebrating the Italian manufacturer’s commitment to performance technology and lightweight construction, Ducati now proudly introduces its latest limited edition dream model, the highly exclusive 1199 Superleggera.
Carlos Checa announcing his retirement was hardly unexpected but we will still miss El Toro. Carlos had a 20 year long career in World Championship motorcycle racing but he found his ultimate success later in his career and whilst riding for Ducati. Enjoy this photo gallery celebrating his Ducati MotoGP and World Superbike career.