Founded in 1926, Ducati now builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterised by performance engines with desmodromic distribution, innovative design, and avant-garde technology. The company produces a range of premium motorcycles with technical and design features that are relevant in the main market segments and grouped into six unique model families: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Superbike. Model Year 2015 saw the introduction of the Ducati Scrambler: not just a new motorcycle but rather a new brand, offering a whole new world made up of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in self-expression.
Ducati’s main factory site and headquarters is located in the Borgo Panigalearea of Bologna, Italy, with an additional assembly factory in the Rayong Province of Thailand and a CKD provider in Manaus, Brazil.
Throughout its range, Ducati combines sophisticated, race-derived technology with unique brand characteristics such as Desmodromic valve control, 90° L-twin cylinder engines, innovative chassis solutions, benchmark electronics, unique sound and Italian Design.
Ducati competes in the World Superbike and in the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike, Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati has participated in MotoGP since 2003, and won both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.
For 2016, the official factory Ducati Team confirms the riders, Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) and Andrea Iannone (Italy) for the second year in a row. As was over the past three years, Michele Pirro will be the official test-rider, taking part as a wild card in a handful of races, while two-times World Champion Casey Stoner will be back with Ducati acting as test-rider and brand ambassador. Danilo Petrucci will carry on racing with the Pramac Racing Team, the only factory-supported Ducati team in MotoGP, and will be joined by Britain’s Scott Redding. Also part of the 2016 line-up, satellite Ducati teams will compete such as Avintia Racing, winner of the 2015 “Open” MotoGP title with Hector Barbera and Loris Baz, and Team Aspar with Yonny Hernandez and Eugene Laverty.
Ducati runs in the Superbike World Championship in partnership with Aruba, Italian leading web hosting and cloud services company. For the second year in a row the “Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team” has Welshman Chaz Davies, who finished runner-up in the 2015 World SBK Championship and Italy’s Davide Giugliano as official riders. Both aboard an advanced version of the Panigale R.
Ducati motorcycles are delivered to owners in 90 countries worldwide and, with primary focus on the European, North-American and Asia Pacific markets, has 12 Ducati subsidiaries:
- Brazil – (Ducati do Brasil)
- Canada – (Ducati Canada Inc)
- France and Benelux – (Ducati West Europe)
- Netherland (Ducati North Europe)
- Germany – (Ducati Motor Deutschland)
- Japan – (Ducati Japan)
- India – (Ducati India Private Limited)
- Mexico – (Duc Motocicleta)
- Switzerland – (Ducati Schweiz)
- Thailand – (Ducati Motor Thailand)
- United Kingdom – (Ducati UK)
- United States – (Ducati North America)