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DUCATI NORTH AMERICA BRINGS NEW 2019 MOTORCYCLES TO TORONTO MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Mountain View, Calif. (February 12, 2019) – The eyes of the global motorcycle community will be focused on Canada this weekend as the Toronto Motorcycle Show kicks off with an amazing array of new Ducati motorcycles, including the unveiling of the new flagship Panigale V4 R. This V4 superbike from Ducati will be introduced in Toronto for the first time by the CEO of Ducati North America, Jason Chinnock, who will be in attendance for the event.

From Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17, the Enercare Centre Exhibition Place will serve as host to this key Canadian motorcycle show, allowing public audiences to enjoy Ducati’s newest offerings in a fun, family-friendly setting.

“With our new dealerships announced for Calgary an exclusive dealer in Richmond and our newest flagship coming to Montreal this Spring, Ducati is reinforcing its commitment to Canada, proven by an expanded dealership network focused on delivering a premium customer experience,” said Ducati North America CEO, Jason Chinnock. “Every motorcycle enthusiast is waiting with anticipation for the riding season, so we’re bringing our new bikes to show what Ducati has to offer for 2019, sharing our most diverse lineup to date. With motorcycles like our new Diavel 1260, these motorcycles serve as a reminder of those open roads just around the corner, and we’re proud to offer 19 dealerships in Canada now, to make it easier than ever to become part of the Ducati family.”

In addition to the Toronto debut of Ducati’s new flagship superbike, the Panigale V4 R, Ducati will also showcase the new Diavel 1260, the first new Diavel since its debut in 2010, boasting a new 1262 cc engine and muscular styling.

With the exhilarating new 2019 motorcycle offerings, Ducati has a wide breadth of new motorcycles appealing to those seeking exhilaration from the sport. Bikes include the all-terrain capable and adventurous Multistrada 1260 Enduro as well as the Hypermotard 950, which gets a big update with a new look, lighter weight, improved technology and higher horsepower engine. Motorcycles representing each of the Ducati Worlds, ranging from Racetrack, Travel, Lifestyle and Scrambler to Sport & Fun, will be featured. In addition to the exciting new models, Ducati will also have a selection of the 2019 Ducati Apparel collection on-site to complement these different worlds of motorcycling.

For those interested in securing a new 2019 Ducati, orders will be taken on-site at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, with deliveries starting as early as this month.

New 2019 Motorcycles Slated for Toronto Motorcycle Show:

Diavel 1260 ($22,995 CAD MSRP / Available April 2019) – Unconventional, unique and unmistakable, the second-generation Diavel 1260 remains faithful to the original spirit of this incredibly special bike, drawing on its key styling elements and putting a decidedly more contemporary slant on it. Its Testastretta DVT 1262 engine is capable of delivering 159 horsepower at 9,500 rpm. The bike also includes an upgraded chassis to make it more responsive on mixed-road routes. The S version on display also features fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, dedicated wheels, and an even higher-performance braking system, with Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.


Panigale V4 R ($47,995 CAD MSRP / Available March 2019) – The new Ducati flagship superbike, the Panigale V4 R, features technology taken from MotoGP racing and is a racing bike that can be enjoyed on the streets. Following Ducati’s first mass-production four-cylinder engine, the V4, debut in 2017, the V4 R is now the pinnacle of the new Panigale V4 family and can claim the title as the ultimate road-legal Ducati competition bike. This is the most powerful, high-performance factory bike ever built by Ducati, with new technology like carbon fiber aerofoils that increase stability and allow for reduced reliance on electronic controls.

Multistrada 1260 Enduro ($27,195 CAD MSRP / Available March 2019) – The Multistrada 1260 Enduro is the new generation of the off-road member of the Multistrada family. It has an increased engine size with the 1262 cc Testastretta DVT engine pushing out 158 horsepower, which is an increase from 152 horsepower from the previous Multistrada 1200 Enduro.

Hypermotard 950 ($15,295 CAD MSRP / Available February 2019) – With new sharper angles and a lighter weight, the adrenaline-packed Hypermotard takes its look from the supermotard race world and for 2019 comes with completely overhauled ergonomics and an ultra-advanced chassis set-up and electronics package. A full 8 lbs lighter than the previous model, the Hypermotard mounts a renewed 937 cc Testastretta 11° engine with a more muscular 114 hp.

Hypermotard 950 SP ($18,795 CAD MSRP / Available February 2019) – The spirited and higher-performing Hypermotard SP also on display is Ducati’s offer for those looking for Hooligan-style excitement, featuring a flat seat, increased-travel Öhlins suspension, Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO, as well as Carbon Fiber components such as front mud guard and timing belt covers.

XDiavel (Matte Liquid Concrete Grey) ($23,395 CAD MSRP / Available Now) – New for 2019, the XDiavel – famous for representing the best parts of the Ducati performance world and the relaxed cruiser world – now comes available in an uncompromising new color palette, the stunning Matte Liquid Concrete Grey. The finish and style express the motorcycle’s edgy spirit and take the XDiavel’s strong look to new levels.

Scrambler Icon ($10,795 CAD MSRP / Available February 2019) – The Scrambler brand was launched in 2014 and has become Ducati’s best-selling model by volume. For 2019, the new Scrambler Icon continues this vintage-inspired-joy of a motorcycle with important technological updates in the world of safety, including Bosch Cornering ABS. Visually, the new motorcycle continues retro-inspired style with new, beefier side panels to match the steel of the teardrop tank and the glass of the headlight. A black-painted engine, brushed cylinder head fins and machine-finished rims give the new Ducati Scrambler Icon even more eye-catching panache.

Scrambler Desert Sled ($13,495 CAD MSRP / Available February 2019) – For 2019, the Scrambler Desert Sled rekindles the spirit of classic American off-road bikes without compromising the Ducati Scrambler lifestyle. With its red frame, new seat with color-coordinated stitching and spoked wheels with black rims, it exudes off-road fun. The new Desert Sled also features an Off-Road Riding Mode that allows ABS disengagement for down-in-the-dirt joy. A dedicated riding position and adjustable Kayaba suspension also ramp up the fun factor. Rugged off-road character oozes from the type-approved headlight mesh guard, high mudguards (specially designed for this version) and engine skid pan.

Scrambler Café Racer ($13,295 CAD MSRP / Available February 2019) – The new 2019 Scrambler Café Racer draws its inspiration and its Silver Ice Matte graphics with blue frame, from the legendary Ducati 125GP Desmo. The new 17" spoked wheels and aluminum bar-end mirrors give the bike a cool 1960s race look, while a modern radial front brake pump provides braking performance on a par with that of a sport bike. It’s a rare Ducati in blue – one surely to catch the eyes of everyone on the streets.

Scrambler Full Throttle ($12,395 CAD MSRP / Available February 2019) – The new 2019 Full Throttle takes its cue from the flat track Scrambler ridden by Californian racer Frankie Garcia in the 2018 American Super Hooligan Championship. With its two-tone black-yellow, white-striped tank, all-new rear end with dedicated seat and white-rimmed yellow number holders, this bike has a real dirt track competition feel. A low-slung tapered handlebar – light and ergonomic – stubby front mudguard and dual-silencer exhaust add to the distinctiveness of the Scrambler Full Throttle.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:56 Published in Industry News


The Mission Winnow Ducati team concludes the first MotoGP tests of 2019

The Mission Winnow Ducati team archived the first official MotoGP tests of 2019 at Sepang (Malaysia). In the third and last session, all riders tried to set their fastest time in the morning – with cooler temperatures and, consequently, faster track conditions – and both Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso were able to break the previous, unofficial best lap (1:58.830) posted by Jorge Lorenzo one year ago as a factory Ducati rider.

Petrucci clocked 32 laps, posting a phenomenal 1:58.239, which put him in first position. Dovizioso finished in fourth position, with a personal best of 1:58.538, 0.299 seconds behind his teammate with 36 laps to his tally. The riders also tried a new fairing with a different aerodynamic profile, giving positive feedback.

The strong performances by Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller, respectively second and third on Pramac Racing Team's Desmosedici GP bikes, further underscored Ducati's overall competitiveness during this test.

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1:58.239 (1st)
"Today we started off on the right foot: I was supposed to try two 'time attacks' but one attempt, done with a medium rear tyre, was enough. When I saw the lap time on the dashboard, I was really happy. After that, we resumed our work on some new items. Unfortunately, however, I crashed while I was trying a new fairing around midday. Given the fact that I was also experiencing some issues with blisters in my hands, we decided to stop a bit ahead of schedule to recover and make sure we're at our best in the next tests in Qatar. Overall, it's been a really positive test."

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1:58.538 (4th)
"All in all, this test has been positive. It was important to push to the limit again today because we only have another test before the season starts, and we managed to post a competitive time even on a flying lap after being really consistent in yesterday's race simulation. Also, to see so many Ducati bikes at the front confirms that we have a good base. We also tried a new fairing, with positive feedback. It's still early to draw conclusions, but I'm happy with the work done here and now we'll look for more ways to improve ahead of Qatar."

The Mission Winnow Ducati team will resume action at Losail (Qatar) for the second and final pre-season MotoGP test, scheduled for February 23-25.

Friday, 08 February 2019 18:18 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team concludes its first test of 2019 at Jerez

After a positive start yesterday, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team successfully concluded its first tests of 2019 at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain). Alvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies clocked 103 and 58 laps respectively, posting the 4th and 10th best time in the combined WorldSBK rankings and moving forward with the development of the Panigale V4 R.

Bautista, who adopted a progressive approach on the recently resurfaced track, made progress with his work on the setup to finish in 4th position overall with a personal best of 1:39.620, more than two seconds faster than yesterday. Davies, on the other hand, narrowed his track activity due to back pain, still managing to complete 18 laps today with a personal best of 1:40.621 (10th). The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will resume action with both its riders in Portimão (Portugal) for two more days of tests, scheduled for January 27-28.

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #19) – 1:39.620
"It's been a couple of positive days. After the winter break, it was important to get back on track, in order to readjust to the speed but also to get accustomed to the new bike. The new tarmac made it a bit more difficult for us. The grip was very low and so were the temperatures, so we couldn't find a good feeling in day one. Today, however, we managed to work better. The track improved and it was warmer outside. We're still focusing on riding position and the base setup in general. We tried some changes that I've liked, and now we'll make more evaluations at Portimão, a track that I don't know, so it'll be very interesting."

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 1:40.621
"Today we focused on the engine, and in the end the lap time was OK given the short amount of time we had on track, but I think we could have made bigger improvements. Unfortunately, it's been a tricky day. I just felt some pain in my back yesterday. It had nothing to do with the crash, but it got worse overnight. I managed to get treatment twice so I was still able to get some laps in, which was very important. It seems we're going in the right direction. Next stop is Portimão, a completely different track, and the foremost priority will be to complete our full program before we head to Australia."

Saturday, 26 January 2019 23:39 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Production of the Diavel 1260 begins in Bologna

Borgo Panigale, Bologna, 21 January 2019 – The Borgo Panigale plant has begun producing the new Diavel 1260. The first bike rolled off the line on Monday 21 January and, as is the tradition, was greeted by the entire factory with a toast and an official speech by CEO Claudio Domenicali and Production Manager Silvano Fini.

The success of the new power cruiser, begun with its official debut at EICMA 2018, underscores the high levels of interest and expectation this bike is generating among enthusiasts all over the world, Ducatisti and non. Unconventional, unique, unmistakable: as soon as it was launched at EICMA 2010, the Diavel stunned with its personality, design and sport naked handling.

The Diavel 1260 - the second generation of this unique bike - has more assertive lines and higher performance, is more fun on mixed-road routes and even more comfortable for rider and passenger alike. Its sport naked soul is magnified by a Testastretta DVT 1262 engine that combines breath-taking acceleration with the smooth low-rev power delivery that's ideal for everyday rides or longer-lasting tours. An upgraded chassis set-up makes the Diavel 1260 surprisingly agile while top-drawer technology and electronics provide braking performance on a par with that of a superbike (and does so safely, thanks to Bosch Cornering ABS) and user-friendly engine performance control. Comfort levels for rider and passenger remain outstanding thanks to an upright riding position, a large, generously padded seat and another Diavel hallmark, the 17" inch rear wheel with its 240 mm wide tire.

The Diavel 1260 is also available as a sportier S version featuring first-rate Öhlins suspension, dedicated wheels, an even higher-performing braking system and Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo as standard.

The bike will be in North American Ducati dealerships in April, ready to play a pivotal role in the 2019 motorcycling season. The Diavel 1260 will be available in Sandstone Grey, while the Diavel 1260 S will be available in Sandstone Grey or Total Black.

Monday, 21 January 2019 17:40 Published in Industry News


Ducati presents exciting new motorcycles for EICMA 2018

Milan, 4 November 2018 – The Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer has just presented - from a spectacular stage - the bikes that will soon enthral visitors at EICMA 2018 (Milan-Rho Trade Fair, 8 - 11 November).

Monday, 05 November 2018 11:04 Published in Industry News


Andrea Dovizioso takes a splendid pole position in the Japanese GP at Motegi

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso powered to a splendid pole position this afternoon in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, which will be held tomorrow at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. The Italian, who had also been quickest in the morning’s FP3 run, then went out in Q2, in which he set a time of 1’44.590 in his second exit. Today’s pole is the second of the season for Dovizioso, his seventh in MotoGP and also the seventh pole of the 2018 season for Ducati.

The Japanese GP will get underway tomorrow afternoon at 14.00 local time (07.00 CET) and will be held over a distance of 24 laps.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1st (1’44.590)
“My qualifying session went very well and I’m happy with the feeling I had during my pole run. We’ve got a good pace, but so has Marquez and not only him. I think we still have to improve something if we want to fight for the win tomorrow, so we’ll analyse the data to see what the tyre wear is like, because probably we’ll be able to adopt a different strategy than in the last two races, where we had to save the tyre for the final few laps. We went strongly both with the soft and the medium, and we haven’t decided yet which one to use. I want to thank my team for their great job, because with a few small modifications we were able to make a big improvement and in qualifying I did a really great lap. This morning my aim was to set a time of 1’44.6 and I ended up lapping in 1’44.5!”

Saturday, 20 October 2018 16:43 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Andrea Dovizioso tops the timesheets on the opening day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix

Andrea Dovizioso headed the field on the opening day of free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, which will be held this weekend at the Motegi circuit. The Ducati Team’s Italian rider was the quickest in the morning’s dry FP1 session with a time of 1’45.353, and he then opted not to go out on track again in FP2 because of the rain that fell in the early afternoon.

This morning Jorge Lorenzo only completed two laps of the Japanese circuit before returning to the pits to stop because of the pain in his left wrist, which was injured in a crash two weeks ago at Buriram. The Spanish rider yesterday underwent a CT scan in Utsunomiya Hospital which unfortunately was not positive for his ongoing recovery from the hairline fracture. In the evening Lorenzo will have a further MR scan which should give medical staff all the information necessary to decide on the best possible treatment for the rider to speed up his recovery and determine how much time will be required before he returns to the races.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1st (1’45.353)
“This morning we immediately started off very well in the FP1 session and my feeling was very good. For the race we will still have to improve but starting off with such a good base on Friday morning really makes a difference. We already know what to work on and the braking is surely the most important aspect in this circuit. We didn’t go out in the afternoon, even though we wanted to try a few things, but the track conditions made it too much of a risk to try and push hard. In any case our Desmosedici GP works particularly well here at Motegi and tomorrow we hope to find the track dry so as to be able to work for the race.”

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99)
“After doing as much as possible to quickly recover from the injury to my wrist caused by the crash in Thailand, today I tried to go out on track to see how I felt on the bike. Yesterday my feelings weren’t very positive and unfortunately today I had confirmation not only of the pain that the riding was giving me, but also that there was a serious risk of making the fracture worse. It’s a real pity not to be able to race here because Motegi is a circuit that I like a lot, it adapts well to the characteristics of the bike and I wanted to score a good result. I feel really bad for my team and for the fans, but now I only have to be patient and try and recover as best as possible to be ready in Australia or in Malaysia.”

Friday, 19 October 2018 16:53 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Andrea Dovizioso to start the Thailand GP at Buriram from the front row

It will be a front row start for Andrea Dovizioso in the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix, which is being held this weekend at the Buriram circuit. The Ducati Team rider, fastest in both the morning’s FP3 session and FP4 in the afternoon, then went third quickest in the all-important Q2 run with a best time of 1’30.227, just a fraction behind poleman Marquez and Rossi.

Following yesterday’s crash in FP2 his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo on the other hand did not go out on track today. The results of the scan he underwent in Buriram hospital revealed that the Spanish rider, as well as the bruising to his right ankle and his left wrist, also suffered a hairline fracture of the distal radius of his left arm. In agreement with medical staff and his team, Jorge decided not to take part in today’s sessions and tomorrow’s race so as not to incur any further risks and to try and recover with the aim of being 100% fit for the GP of Japan in two weeks’ time.

The Thailand GP, which will be run over a distance of 26 laps, will get underway tomorrow at 09.00 CET (14.00 local time).

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 3rd (1’30.227)
“Qualifying went really well: my goal was to start from the front row and on this type of track that’s never easy. I knew that we were quick enough, but putting in a clean lap when there are many riders out there is always complicated and so I’m satisfied with that. We have worked very well over these last two days: yesterday morning in FP1 I didn’t have a good feeling and instead now we’re amongst the riders with the best pace, even though tomorrow in the race we won’t be able to push that hard because we have to try and manage the tyre wear in the best way.”

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99)
“After my crash and the results of yesterday’s final tests, I decided in agreement with the team and the doctors to not take part anymore in this weekend’s race at Buriram. The CT scan revealed a hairline fracture in my left wrist and, in view of the condition I was when I arrived and the way I’m feeling now, I think it’s better I don’t race here in Thailand and try and recover as much as possible for the next GP in Japan. I feel really bad for the team but, also in consideration of my situation in the championship, it wouldn’t make sense to take any further risks so I think I’ve made the right decision.”

Saturday, 06 October 2018 19:52 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Thailand GP: Statistics

Ducati in Thailand

Lorenzo has had a run of three consecutive poles positions, something he hasn’t done for six years and something that hasn’t happened for Ducati since 2008 with Stoner.

Dovizioso's second place in Aragón was his fourth consecutive podium and his best-ever run of results of his entire sporting career: he has two victories, a second and a third, for a total of 86 points out of a possible 100.

Ducati is familiar with victory at the Chang International Circuit, as they won the second Superbike race this year with Chaz Davies.

Dovizioso’s Ducati reached 334.30 Km/h during the pre-season test, which was the highest speed recorded at the Buriram track.

Curiosities

Thailand is hosting a GP for the first time in history. It is being held at the Chang International Circuit which has the moniker ‘The destination of speed.’ The name of the circuit comes from its main sponsor, Chang Beer.

The layout has a total of 12 corners and 7 braking points, with two very different areas. The first half consists of long straights and ‘stop & go’ style braking, and the second half is a series of connecting corners.

The strongest braking occurs coming into turn 3, which goes from 330 km/h to 75 km/h over a distance of 240 meters in 5.5 seconds.

The straight that leads to turn 3 is 1,000 meters long, making it the 5th longest of the entire calendar, behind COTA, Mugello, Argentina and Montmeló.

The asphalt temperature, which can reach 60ºC, is one of the most worrisome factors, since the tyres can reach over 150ºC which causes them to lose grip, skid, and rise in temperature even more.

1’29.781 is the fastest lap by a MotoGP machine at the Buriram track.

0.948 seconds separated the first and the 16th finisher in the pre-season tests.

The Thai circuit is located in the small town of Buriram, 410 km northeast of Bangkok. The name of the city means "City of Happiness".

Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:34 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Ducati Team riders lock out the top 2 positions in Aragon GP qualifying

The factory Ducati Team riders powered to the top two positions on the grid in this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Aragon Grand Prix. At the end of an exciting 15-minute run, Jorge Lorenzo grabbed the pole in the final seconds with a time of 1’46.881, just a fraction ahead of his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Saturday, 22 September 2018 17:42 Published in Rider and Team Releases


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