Ducati have played a major role in the series since its inception, winning the first ever World Superbike round in 1988 and going on to claim 16 manufacturer and 13 riders’ titles in the series.
“This decision is part of a specific strategy made by Ducati, the aim being to further increase technological content in production models that will arrive on the market in the coming years. In order to achieve this objective, the company’s technical resources, until now engaged with the management of the factory Superbike team, will instead be dedicated to the development of the new generation of hypersport bikes, in both their homologated and Superbike race versions,” declared Gabriele Del Torchio, President and CEO of Ducati. “I would like to thank Nori and Michel, and all of the riders that have contributed to the great history of Ducati in Superbike, but above all the Ducati employees; it is their hard work and professionalism that has allowed us to achieve such important results
Ducati 1198R’s will still be on the circuit next year but they will be in the hands of private teams which the company pledges to still support. Ducati is planning to divert the resources formerly used in the factory racing effort to increase ‘the speed and efficiency with which it transfers advanced technological solutions, currently tested in the prototype championship, to the production series.’
Just last week, Ducati News Today reported on the radical new monocoque chassis Ducati Superbike that will debut in 2012.