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Motorsports and Ducati are inextricably linked. With its racing division Ducati Corse, the Ducati brand has been actively involved in motorcycle racing for decades.
The transfer of technology from the racetrack to production motorcycles is a key success factor to the brand. From aerodynamics and ergonomics to the engine and the frame: all technical aspects can benefit from the constant transfer of knowledge. “By testing our innovations and our pioneering technology solutions on the world’s racetracks, we provide the Ducatisti with exciting and desirable products,” says Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding.
2022 went down in history as the brand’s most successful year in motorsports. Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia clinched the MotoGP Riders’ title after an unprecedented comeback – the second World Championship in this category for Ducati following Casey Stoner’s 2007 title. After the tenth World Championship round, Bagnaia was trailing the leading rider by 91 points. In the end, his seven wins, ten podium finishes, and five pole positions were unbeaten in the 2022 season. Additionally, the brand won the Constructors’ and Teams’ World Titles. Bagnaia is the first Italian to win the MotoGP Championship riding an Italian motorcycle. Ducati had previously won the Constructors’ World Title in 2007, 2020, and 2021. In 2007 and 2021 they also won the Teams’ Title. In total, Ducati achieved 32 podium finishes with six individual riders during the 2022 MotoGP season.
In the 2022 WorldSKB Championship, Ducati also claimed all available titles. In addition to Álvaro Bautista’s Riders’ title, the Constructors’ and Teams’ Titles in this prestigious racing series went to the brand from Borgo Panigale too.
Starting in the 2023 season, Ducati will be the sole vehicle provider for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Championship, the electric class of MotoGP.
As always at Ducati, racing competition will be a development laboratory for technologies and solutions that, when battery technology allows, will subsequently be transferred to series products, becoming a reality for all motorcyclists. As a member of the Audi Group, Ducati is ideally positioned to benefit from the exchange of know-how related to electric drivetrains.