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  1. Ducati's electric chapter gets underway: production of MotoE bikes for the 2023 championship begins

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    • A year after the first track test at Misano, production of the bikes that will compete in the 2023 MotoE World Championship has begun
    • By mid-February all the bikes for the championship will be completed. At the same time, the courses for the team technicians who will have to support them have begun
    • Two pre-season tests, at Jerez and Barcelona, before the race debut at the French GP on 13 May

    Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 16 January 2023 – A little more than a year after the first test with Michele Pirro at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, work has begun on the "V21L" prototypes that will be the protagonists of the 2023 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Championship season. The production of the bikes started in December and the 23 units will be ready by mid-February. In addition to the 18 motorbikes that will be raced, five spare units will be made available to the organisation. Each prototype is assembled by expert technicians in the Ducati MotoE Racing Department with the same process, precision and attention to detail typical of the high craftsmanship used to build a MotoGP bike.

    The start of production of the "V21L" prototypes represents the beginning of a new and important chapter in Ducati's history. For the Bologna-based company, this project was born with the aim of developing skills for its future, maintaining the approach that has always fuelled Ducati's DNA: experimenting with technological solutions in the world of racing and working to ensure that everything developed in this area can then be used on motorbikes destined for enthusiasts all over the world. To do this, Ducati created the world's most technological, refined and sophisticated electric motorcycle, the result of the joint work of Ducati R&D engineers and the Ducati Corse team. "V21L" is the MotoGP of electric motorbikes, combining the electronic technologies and chassis dimensions developed by Ducati Corse with the design process and project management typical of a road bike like the Panigale V4. It is the combination of the best skills of the two worlds, racing and production, a prototype with which Ducati experiments in a world yet to be discovered, that of electric sports bikes.

    Claudio Domenicali, CEO Ducati:  “The start of production of the Ducati MotoE is a historic moment for our company, which with this project is thoroughly studying the technologies of the future for the world of motorcycling. It is an important area of experimentation, in which we are investing to build know-how, so that we will be ready when battery technology should allow the creation of an exciting electric road bike with the weight, performance and range that enthusiasts expect from a Ducati. We are therefore embarking on this new adventure with the aim of developing the people and skills within the company to shape what the character of a future Ducati electric road bike might be. The MotoE project represents a decisive step for Ducati to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions on the product side, alongside research into synthetic fuels (eFuel) that can reduce the total CO2 emissions of internal combustion engines to zero. Environmental sustainability is something that all individuals and all companies must consider a priority if the delicate balance of the planet is to be preserved. Ducati is committed to this also at industrial level, and the construction of the new Finitura e Delibera Estetica area classified as Nearly Zero Energy Building is just the latest example”.

    After a year of development tests that have seen Michele Pirro, Alex De Angelis and Chaz Davies take turns riding the "V21L" prototype, the Ducati MotoE project is getting closer to the moment when the bikes will take to the track. The first test with the riders and teams that will compete in the 2023 World Championship is scheduled for the 6, 7 and 8 March at Jerez, followed by three more test days on the 3, 4 and 5 April at the Montmelò circuit in Barcelona.

    The race debut will take place at the French Grand Prix on Saturday, 13 May. The 2023 MotoE World Championship calendar is spread over eight Grands Prix with two races per weekend, both on Saturdays. After the French debut, the MotoE World Championship will be present in all the following European races until the Misano GP, thus will continue at Mugello on the weekend of 11 June, at Sachsenring on the following weekend and at Assen on the 25 June. After the summer break, the Ducati MotoE bikes will return to the track at Silverstone on 5 August, before tackling the final three Grands Prix at the Red Bull Ring (20 August), Catalunya (2 September) and Misano (10 September).

  2. Panigale V4 2022 World Champion Replica: all available bikes awarded within hours

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    • The limited and numbered series Panigale V4 Bagnaia 2022 World Champion Replica and Panigale V4 Bautista 2022 World Champion Replica will be produced in 260 examples each, made unique by the rider's original signature on the tank
    • The celebratory bikes were presented and displayed during the "Campioni in Piazza2" party
    • All bikes have been assigned in just a few hours, with many Ducatisti enthusiasts ordering both models

    Borgo Panigale, Bologna, 22 December 2022 – In just a few hours all the bikes of the numbered and limited series of 260+260 examples of the Panigale V4 Bagnaia 2022 World Champion Replica and Panigale V4 Bautista 2022 World Champion Replica have been assigned, after being unveiled on the day of "Campioni in Piazza2", the event with which Ducati celebrated its historic double success in MotoGP and WSBK with its fans.

    The bikes were presented at a press conference by Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, together with Pecco Bagnaia and Álvaro Bautista, and proved to be an immediate success, with many Ducatisti wanting to enrich their collection with both Panigale V4 2022 World Champion Replica bikes. It took only a few days to completely sell out the available examples of the limited series.

    Francesco Milicia, VP Global Sales & After Sales Ducati:  “2022 has been an incredible year for Ducati both on the track and in the market, confirming the integration and continuous transfer of technology and expertise between production and racing that is unparalleled in the world of motorcycling. We thought the best way to share the successes of 2022 with the most passionate Ducatisti was to provide them with exclusive, numbered bikes, individually signed by Pecco and Álvaro. At this time, when our brand is as solid as ever and projected into the future, we also wanted to pay homage to our history, recalling with both replicas the founding of Ducati, which dates back to 1926".

    The two special series, based on the Panigale V4 S, feature the bike liveries of Pecco Bagnaia #63 and Álvaro Bautista #19. Each model in the series will be autographed in original on the tank by the rider, and the signature will then be protected by a layer of clear coat. The two motorbikes are produced in a limited numbered series of 260, celebrating Ducati's year of birth, 1926.

    The Panigale V4 2022 World Champion Replica is offered in the single-seater configuration only, enriched by the model name, progressive number and race number laser-engraved on the upper clamp. The technical equipment is enhanced by components such as the dry clutch, Akrapovič street-legal silencer, Brembo Stylema®  R calipers with MCS pump, Rizoma billet aluminium adjustable footpegs and racing plexiglass. There are several carbon fibre components: the heat shield for the rear exhaust manifolds, the alternator cover, the front and rear mudguards, the brake manifolds, the cover protecting the single-sided swingarm. The series dedicated to Álvaro Bautista #19 features a brushed aluminium tank, as on the more sophisticated versions of the Panigale V4.

    Those who want to exploit the performance of these two motorcycles on the circuit may choose to fit the additional accessories supplied, such as the open carbon fibre clutch cover, the kits for removing number plate holder and mirrors and the racing fuel tank cap in billet aluminium. Each bike will be delivered in a packing case with dedicated graphics and will come with a certificate of authenticity, a personalised bike cover and the Ducati Data Analyser+ data acquisition system.

  3. Made in Italy emotions distilled: Ducati at EICMA as World Champion

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    • World Champion Francesco Bagnaia's Desmosedici GP22 MotoGP, together with Alvaro Bautista's Panigale V4 R Superbike and the MotoE "V21L" are the stars of the Racing area
    • The explosion of energy of the new generation Ducati Scrambler colours the stand along with the entire Ducati 2023 range
    • Two new Ducati products make their world premiere at EICMA: the new livery of the DesertX inspired by the Audi RS Q e-tron and a new version of the Futa e-road bicycle
    • World Champion Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini will be the protagonists of a series of Meet&Greet sessions on Thursday (10:30 am and 2:00 pm) along with other Ducati riders who will speak on the following days

    Milan (Italy), 9 November 2022 - Just a few days after the incredible emotions experienced in Valencia and on the strength of the triple World Title won in MotoGP (Riders' title, Constructors' title and Team’s title), Ducati presents itself as World Champion with all its new products for 2023 at the opening of the 79th edition of EICMA.

    A concentration of Made in Italy emotions for Ducatisti and all motorcycle enthusiasts: Bagnaia's Desmosedici GP, Bautista's Panigale V4 R and all the new models starring in the seven episodes of the Ducati World Première are finally shown to the public live.

    EICMA, organised at the Milano-Rho Fair, kicks off with the two days reserved for press and operators and will open its doors to the public from 10 November to 13 November. The Bologna-based manufacturer is ready to welcome all enthusiasts to Hall 15, Stand N10  with its 2023 range.

    The heart of the Ducati stand is the explosion of colours of the "Next Gen Freedom" Ducati Scrambler. The new generation of Ducati Scrambler with the three models Icon, Full Throttle and Nightshift was presented on the eve of EICMA in the seventh and final episode of the Ducati World Première web series 2023 (here is the link to the episode). This new generation confirms the simplicity and the authenticity that have always represented essential values for all Ducati Scrambler enthusiasts, becoming more contemporary, colourful and endowed with an even more lively personality. Air-cooled Desmodue twin-cylinder engine, trellis frame, wide handlebars, low centre of gravity and riding fun are enhanced by evolved electronics and a more modern styling in lines and concepts.

    Ducati offers great travellers the new Multistrada V4 Rally, designed for long journeys and capable of satisfying even the most demanding motorcyclists searching for new roads alone or with a passenger.
    For enthusiasts of the 21" front wheel, the DesertX comes as an EICMA première with the new "RR22" livery, inspired by the Audi RS Q e-tron that raced in the last Dakar (more images of the bike are available at this link). Shown to the public for the first time as a concept during the International Press Launch in Sardinia on the DesertX ridden by Danilo Petrucci, from November it will join the Matt Star White Silk colour scheme in Ducati dealerships.

    The new  Panigale V4 R is the spearhead of the Ducati superbike family. A synthesis of style, performance and technological sophistication, it sets new benchmarks with its 16,500 rpm and 240.5 hp*. The components of the Desmosedici Stradale R such as the "gun drilled" connecting rods and the pistons with DLC-treated shell are on display at the stand next to the bike.
    The new Ducati Streetfighter family is represented by the V2 model in Storm Green livery, the V4 S Grey Nero and the new, numbered, V4 SP2, which combines the "Fight Formula" with the SP specification, making it even more effective in sport riding and specifically on track.

    With its refined styling and muscular, elegant lines, the new Diavel V4 shows off all its strong personality, enhanced in the accessorized version by the black calipers and carbon parts from Ducati Performance catalogue. The Monster SP, thanks to its excellent components, is ready to offer the maximum fun and completes the Monster range.

    The area dedicated to Ducati E-Bikes displays the MIG-S, the TK-01RR and the AXS version of the e-Road Ducati Futa in the Matt Carbon/GP Red livery, the other Ducati première at EICMA 2022 (more images are available at this link ). Equipped with the SRAM RIVAL eTAP AXS groupset with wireless 2x12-speed electronic gearing, AXS connectivity and the possibility of integrating an optional power meter, this version adds to the range of pedal-assist bikes, making it even richer.

    A new special area in the stand is for Ducati Unica, the program dedicated to the most passionate Ducatisti who, in collaboration with the Centro Stile Ducati, have the opportunity to create true unique pieces like the one on display at EICMA 2022.

    The Ducati stand could not do without the World Champion's bike, the Desmosedici GP with which Francesco Bagnaia won the title last Sunday in Valencia, straight from the last MotoGP round. Next is the Panigale V4 R on which Alvaro Bautista is ready to play his first “match point” in Indonesia next weekend. After being given its world preview by more than 80,000 fans at WDW 2022, the V21L prototype , the bike with which the Bologna-based manufacturer will participate in next year's FIM MotoE™ World Cup as single supplier, also makes its public debut.

    During EICMA, there will be several opportunities to meet the Ducati riders. First up will be newly-crowned MotoGP World Champion Francesco "Pecco" Bagnaia, who will be at the stand on Thursday, November 10 at 10:30 am. In the afternoon it will be the turn of Enea Bastianini, who will be at the stand from 2:00 pm.
    Two moments will also be dedicated to Ducati Talk. On Friday, November 11 at 11:00 am the theme will be “Ducatiste: different styles, one passion”. Chiara Lovato (@lovatochiara), Mariaelena Caizzi (@mariaelena_caizzi), Bianca Maria Malogioglio (@iambiancam) and Stefania De Micheli (@stefidem) will talk about their experiences riding the bikes from Borgo Panigale.
    On Saturday, November 12 at 12:30 pm, it will be the turn of rider and YouTuber Luca Salvadori, the protagonist of a meeting themed “Content creating while racing”.

    All the contents from EICMA Fair are available on Ducati Media House.