After two race-free weekends, the MotoGP World Championship returns to Italy for the thirteenth round of the season - the San Marino Grand Prix - at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli circuit just an hour’s drive away from Ducati headquarters in Borgo Panigale.
Although the last race at Silverstone for Andrea Dovizioso ended with a nasty crash at the first corner, morale in the Ducati Team is high and the two factory riders are ready to tackle the last three months of the championship with optimism. After reabsorbing the physical scars suffered in the British GP, Dovizioso will this weekend try and repeat the results of the last two years at Misano: in 2018 he dominated the race right from the early stages to score one of the finest wins of his career, while in 2017, in pouring rain, he crossed the line in third place.
Danilo Petrucci has also already been on the podium at Misano. The rider from Terni in central Italy finished second in 2017 aboard the Pramac Racing Team Desmosedici GP and this year is determined to improve on the results of the last few races at the Romagna circuit. During the two days of testing held just over one week ago at the same circuit, Petrucci lapped with a good feeling and finished with the second quickest time.
Misano will also see another appearance by Michele Pirro, who is entered in the race as a wild card with a third Desmosedici GP of the Ducati Test Team. It will be the second GP of the season for Pirro, after the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello where he finished seventh.
In the Riders’ standings, despite his DNF at Silverstone, Dovizioso remains in second place with 172 points (78 behind leader Márquez) while Petrucci is now fourth with 145 points, 4 behind Álex Rins. In the Teams’ classification the Ducati Team is still in the lead with 317 points, 36 points clear, and Ducati still lies second in the Constructors’ standings behind Honda.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 2nd (172 points)
“After the incident in England I’m lucky to be able to take part in the San Marino GP without any physical problems, because my Silverstone crash was a really big one and the consequences could have been much worse. During the two days of testing I was still not 100% fit, but now I’m fine, I feel in shape and am really anxious to race at this circuit, which for me is special, close to my home and where I’m sure that the support of the fans will be fantastic. The aim is to repeat the results of the last two seasons when we got onto the podium and we were competitive all through the weekend”.
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 4th (145 points)
“Racing in Italy is something unique and if you do it with an Italian bike like Ducati it’s even more special. In the last few races we’ve been some way off the podium but after the good feeling I had in the test a few days ago here at Misano I can say that I’m ready to do a weekend at the top. It won’t be easy because also our rivals did a couple of days of testing and they will surely be ready, but I was really satisfied with the feeling I found with the bike and so I’m very confident. Let’s see if the track conditions are similar to the ones we had in the test, because it’ll be vitally important to be able to interpret them in the best possible way and also the tyre wear”.
Michele Pirro (#51 Ducati Team) – 22nd (9 points)
“Finally Misano is here and I’ve got an opportunity to do another race in MotoGP. At Mugello I was quite satisfied with my result even though I think that I could have finished a bit higher up. My aim is to help the team, but I also want to prove to myself that I can always be competitive in the races. After two days of testing we know that the track temperature and tyre management will be key factors to get a good result this weekend, and we’re confident we can do a good race on Sunday”.
The Ducati Team riders will be out on track at Misano on Friday 13th September at 09.55 for the first free practice session. The race is scheduled for Sunday 15th September at 14.00 CET, over a distance of 27 laps.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:04 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) returned to the top of the podium today at the Autodromo do Algarve circuit in southern Portugal after taking his fifteenth win of the season and his first since the Misano round in June. After the morning’s Superpole Race, which he finished in second place after a difficult start and a great recovery, Álvaro also suffered at the start of Race 2 but, using the exceptional power and speed of his Panigale V4 R on the long straight of the Portuguese track, he took only six laps to take the lead from Rea (Kawasaki). Despite being down on energy due to a not entirely healed shoulder, the 34-year-old from Talavera de la Reina was able to hold off his northern Irish rival on the final lap to cross the line with an advantage of just 0.111s.
After yesterday’s good performance, which saw Chaz Davies score an excellent second place in Race 1, today the Welshman didn’t have the same fortune. In the Superpole Race, with relatively few laps available, he was unable to move up the field and finished in tenth overall. In Race 2, he therefore started from 14th on the grid and was gaining positions when in the mid-race phase a problem with the gear-shifter forced him down into a sixteenth place finish at the flag.
Today’s win and the results obtained over the weekend allow Álvaro to remain firmly in second place in the standings with 399 points, 91 behind leader Rea, while Chaz is in seventh place with 204 points. The next round of the Superbike World Championship will take place in three weeks’ time at the Magny-Cours circuit in France, from 27 to 29 September.
Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #19) – 2nd / 1st
“It has been a very tough weekend for me, especially physically because my shoulder is still not at 100%. I felt worse this morning after yesterday’s race so I tried to start well in the Superpole Race. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of positions and used up most of my energy, but I finished second which meant that I could start from the front row in race 2. In the afternoon I again made a bad start, lifting the front of the bike up and losing some positions but I was still in the leading group so was not too worried. Mid-race I felt my pace was stronger so I decided to go for the lead and push hard until the end. I could manage the advantage but in the last two laps I felt every drop of energy leave me, luckily it was the last lap because I didn’t have anything left. It was my first time here in Portimão and I’m happy to get a win again after more than two months.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 10th / 16th
"After yesterday’s good result, we made a set-up change to try and improve even more, but it didn’t work the way we expected. Obviously starting from P14 also means it’s pretty hard work from there and for me the race was tough. The initial pace was not so bad even though I struggled in the early laps a little bit, then just when I thought I could make an impact on the race I started encountering some problems with the gear shifter and it wouldn’t let me ride in the right way. The podium here in Portimão was good, but I’m disappointed with the way things turned out today. Overall the weekend has given me optimism going forward and it just proves we’ve got a pretty good competitive window now, even on tracks that are usually unfavourable for us.”
Sunday, 08 September 2019 18:10 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Two days of official World Superbike testing at Portimao conclude for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team
World Superbike took to the track again today after the long summer break, which has lasted since the previous round in the USA in mid-July. The mid-season appointment was two days of collective testing at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve circuit in preparation for the next round of the championship at this track in two weeks’ time.
All the teams and riders were present, including the two riders of the Italian team - Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies – who were anxious to set up their Ducati Panigale V4 R machines in view of the final part of the season. Four testing sessions were scheduled over the two days for a total of eight hours of track time.
Still not 100% fit after the incident at Laguna Seca in which he stretched the ligaments in his left shoulder, Bautista put in more laps than any other rider on the first day (66), recording the third quickest time in 1’42.087. Today on the other hand, he preferred not to stress his shoulder too much before the Portuguese Round, cutting short the work programme early in the morning session. The 34-year-old Spanish rider was ninth quickest in the aggregate standings with the best time he had set yesterday.
These were two intense days of testing on the other hand for Chaz Davies, who finished Day 1 yesterday in eighth place with a best time of 1’42.487. The 32-year-old Welshman continued his work load in view of the next round on this track, trying some different solutions at the rear, dropping his time by three-tenths and finishing the test in eleventh place with a time of 1’42.161.
Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #19) – 9th (1’42.087)
“These two days of testing have been very positive even though on the second day we weren’t able to do many laps. Unfortunately, the shoulder is not yet in a perfect condition and I felt a bit of pain. We preferred to stop early so as not to make things worse and to be in the best condition in a couple of weeks’ time. In any case, yesterday we did a lot of laps and all things considered I’m happy because I found a good feeling again with my Panigale. This was the first test since the last round at Laguna Seca, now we’ve got a few more days to fully recover.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 11th (1’42.161)
“It was a good two days and great to get back into the swing of things and actually just verify the progress that we have made since the test here in January. Coming here six months later, I felt like the bike responded pretty good all in all. Over the two days we worked on the chassis mainly, things felt good and the bike was working well. I go away from here pretty confident and can’t wait for the final part of the season to start.”
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will be back on track at Portimao in two weeks’ time for the tenth round of the Superbike World Championship at the Portuguese circuit from 6th to 8th September.
Monday, 26 August 2019 07:57 Published in Rider and Team Releases
For a number of years now, the third and final race held in August for MotoGP is the British Grand Prix, one of the most fascinating events on the world championship calendar which takes place at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the UK. Let’s have a look at ten key facts about the race:
- Andrea Dovizioso’s win in Austria last weekend was the 49th for Ducati in MotoGP. Just one more win to go now to reach the half-century mark...
- The Silverstone race, together with Austin, Barcelona and the Red Bull Ring, is one of the few events on the MotoGP calendar where a Formula 1 Grand Prix is also held.
- Andrea Dovizioso’s win at Silverstone in 2017 is Ducati’s only win at this circuit so far.
- This is the 71st season in which Great Britain hosts a round of the motorcycle Grand Prix championship: 28 events have been held on the Isle of Man, 23 at Donington and 19 at Silverstone so far. Only Italy, Britain and the Netherlands have held at least one GP every year (71 consecutive seasons).
- For the tenth successive season the British Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone, following a major redesign of the track in 2010.
- Andrea Dovizioso, Wayne Gardner, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi are the only riders in the premier class to have won on two different circuits in the United Kingdom, at Donington and Silverstone.
- With its 5.9 km length, Silverstone is the longest track in the entire championship, and together with Austin, is the only circuit where the lap time is more than two minutes.
- The top speed record for MotoGP at Silverstone is 332.4 km/h, which was set by Andrea Iannone on a Ducati in FP3 in 2015.
- Danilo Petrucci’s first podium in MotoGP was obtained here at Silverstone in 2015, on board the Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team.
- The circuit, which is situated about 120 km north-west of London, was built on a Second World War airfield. The three diagonal runways making up the original airfield are still visible today.
Thursday, 22 August 2019 09:39 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Andrea Dovizioso today won a spectacular Austrian Grand Prix with a last-corner pass on Marquez after a terrific sparring match with the Spanish champion that lasted from the first to the last lap. Dovizioso powered away well at the start from the front row, then overtook the provisional race leader Quartararo on lap 6. He was followed immediately by Marquez, with whom Andrea then had an amazing scrap that only finished at the chequered flag, with Andrea flashing across the line first by 0.213s.
It was a difficult race for team-mate Danilo Petrucci, who started from row 4. The Italian managed to get up to ninth place on lap 17, but was unable to improve any further and finished the race in that position.
With this victory, Ducati continued its unbeaten winning streak at the Red Bull Ring since the Austrian circuit returned to the MotoGP calendar. The red bikes from the Borgo Panigale factory won here in 2016 with Iannone, in 2017 with Dovizioso, last year with Lorenzo and again this year with Dovizioso.
In the overall Riders’ championship standings, Andrea Dovizioso is still in second place but he has reduced the gap to leader Marquez to 58 points. Ducati is getting closer to Honda in the Constructors’ standings, with 34 points separating the two, and the Ducati Team retains its first place in the special Teams’ classification with 308 points.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 1st
“Today I’m so happy, because this victory was really important for me. Towards the end of the race I had good right-side grip on the tyre and this allowed me to successfully attempt that incredible overtaking move at the final corner. My strategy for the race was to be aggressive right from the opening lap, but Marquez was more aggressive than me. He immediately tried to impose his rhythm but I was always able to respond and in the final stages I think he had more wear on his tyres than me so I could stay right on his tail until the end, and attempt that crazy passing move on him at the final corner. I want to thank Ducati and my team because today we did everything just perfectly.”
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 9th
“It was a complicated race: unfortunately, at the first turn I got bottled in and then after a couple of laps I was involved in Crutchlow’s crash. I lost a lot of positions and had to get back up the field, pushing hard on the tyres and after half the race I didn’t have anything left to offer. Pity because this weekend was a missed opportunity, especially yesterday when I made a mistake in qualifying and this conditioned everything. I’m sorry for the team, who worked as hard as they could: now we have to press the reset button after these two races and look ahead positively to Silverstone.”
Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
“I believe that today we saw one of the best and most exciting races of the last few years. It was a fantastic and fair duel that saw Dovi put together an amazing final lap and a masterstroke in the last two corners, so my sincerest congratulations go out to Andrea. A difficult qualifying session and a bad start on the other hand clearly affected Danilo’s race because it’s never easy to recover on this track.”
The MotoGP riders will next be out on track in the United Kingdom for the British GP, scheduled for the weekend of 23-25 August at the Silverstone circuit.
Sunday, 11 August 2019 17:38 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Andrea Dovizioso will start the eleventh round of the season – the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring near Zeltweg – from the front row of the grid after today’s qualifying session. After wrapping up FP3 in third place, the Ducati Team rider from the Romagna region of Italy then went on to set the third quickest time of 1’23.515 in qualifying.
Down in twelfth place on the grid with a time of 1’23.964 can be found Danilo Petrucci, who proved to have a good pace in this morning’s FP3 session, in which he was fourth. The rider from Umbria had a harmless crash during Q2 while he was improving on his best lap and was unable to continue. As a result, tomorrow he will start the Austrian GP from the fourth row of the grid.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 1’23.515 (3rd)
“It was vitally important to start from the front row of the grid and this we managed to do. We are a bit far off Marquez, who set a really good time, but like him we’ve got good pace so the aim for tomorrow will be to get a good start and try and prevent him from getting away in the early laps. It’ll be a long race and I’m convinced we can play a major part up at the front”.
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 1:23.964 (12th)
“Obviously I feel really bad about the crash in Q2, especially because today we showed we had good pace. Starting so far behind will surely not help us one bit and I’ll have to try and make up some positions in the early laps. With the squad we’ve been working well, but clearly the crash has complicated things: I was pushing hard, I made an error and crashed out. Pity, but now I’m even more motivated: as I said, we’ve got a good pace, today I was also fast in the hot conditions, and this makes me confident for tomorrow”.
The Ducati Team will be back on track tomorrow, Sunday 11th August, at 09.40 CET for the warm-up session for the 28-lap race, which is scheduled to start at 14.00.
Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:31 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Andrea Dovizioso stepped onto the podium of the Czech Republic Grand Prix today at the Brno circuit after a great run in second place. The Italian, who powered away well at the start from the second row, immediately slotted in behind poleman Marquez, and held on to the same position until the chequered flag.
Eighth place for team-mate Danilo Petrucci, who started from the third row. The Italian rider, who was seventh at the end of the opening lap, dropped down a couple of positions in the next few laps but was able to get back into eighth place on lap 13, finishing the race behind Quartararo.
Dovizioso and Petrucci maintain their second and third positions respectively with 147 and 129 points in the overall standings. Ducati remain second in the Constructors’ classification with 177 points while the Ducati Team increases its lead in the special teams’ standings by 40 points and is now on 276.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 2nd
“I’m happy with my second place today and the fact that we were fast all through the weekend, even though unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win the race. I opted for a different rear tyre to Marquez and at the start I pushed hard to stay close to him, but when he began to brake harder I didn’t have any margin to push harder at the front. Pity, but we weren’t that far away from him, so we have to continue to believe in ourselves: I’m still positive because tomorrow there will be an important test day here at Brno, with a lot of new material to try out.”
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 8th
“For sure this was the most difficult race of the year for me. I missed out on being able to lap in the dry yesterday, because already on Friday I was struggling a bit at this circuit. The race was tough because right from the start I didn’t have much grip and the leaders went away immediately, and then it was also difficult to fight with the others because in the final stages I had finished the tyres. Pity, because Rins made up a few points on me in the standings even though I’m still in third, but luckily tomorrow we’ll have an entire day of testing to understand what to improve.”
The Ducati Team will be back on track at Brno tomorrow for a one-day official test and then the MotoGP circus will head directly to Zeltweg for the Austrian Grand Prix, which is scheduled for the Red Bull Ring circuit from 9 to 11 August.
Sunday, 04 August 2019 22:30 Published in Rider and Team Releases
After a three-week break, the MotoGP World Championship is ready to resume action at Brno (Czech Republic), home of the tenth round on the calendar, and officially begin the second half of the season. The Moravian track, characterized by its elevation changes, evokes good memories for both Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, who ended the last race in Germany separated by only 92 thousandths of a second on the finish line: Dovizioso took five podiums in total at Brno, including a fantastic win last year ahead of his then teammate Jorge Lorenzo, while Petrucci has always finished the race within the top ten with Ducati. Let's discover ten key data about next round:
- The Brno circuit opened in 1987 and hosted the World Championship each year except 1992. Brno is also the only track on the calendar that hasn't undergone any layout modifications since its inauguration.
- The largest elevation change on the track is 74 metres, starting from the high point at the entrance of turn 3 (450 metres) to the lowest point between turns 10 and 11 (376 metres).
- Originally a public-roads Grand Prix, Brno is ready to host the World Championship for the 50th time. Assen is currently the only venue on the calendar to have hosted more World Championship races.
- In 32 years since its opening in 1987, the Brno circuit only hosted one wet race in 2016.
- In Brno, MotoGP riders brake 11 times, for a total of 31 seconds per lap. The most challenging braking area coincides with turn 10: riders enter it at speeds around 280 km/h and brake for 4.2 seconds to decelerate to 100 km/h applying 6.2 kg on the brake lever.
- Ducati holds the top-speed record at Brno with 316.4 km/h, established in 2015 with Andrea Iannone.
- Ducati won three times at Brno: back to back in 2006 (Capirossi) and 2007 (Stoner), and last year with Andrea Dovizioso.
- Ducati scored eigth podiums in total at Brno with 6 different riders: Bayliss, Capirossi, Stoner, Elias, Lorenzo and Dovizioso.
- Andrea Dovizioso's best result at Brno coincides with the win seized last year at the end of a spectacular race in a sprint to the finish line, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (second) and Marc Márquez (third).
- Danilo Petrucci has always finished within the top ten at Brno since joining Ducati. Petrucci's best result to date is sixth, scored last year as he finished just three seconds behind the winner Dovizioso.
Thursday, 01 August 2019 11:23 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Mountain View, Calif., July 18, 2019 – Québec's metropolis last night welcomed hundreds of Ducatisti, local VIPs, personalities and business leaders, all joining together in celebration of the grand opening of Ducati Montréal, the Italian motorcycle and lifestyle brand’s newest exclusive dealership. In attendance amid the bustling atmosphere within the expansive new retail location was Ducati‘s Vice President of Global Sales, Francesco Milicia, and Ducati North America’s Chief Executive Officer, Jason Chinnock.
“Ducati’s presence in Canada continues to grow each year,” said Milicia, VP of Global Sales with Ducati’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy. “This new flagship location in Montréal will serve as a beacon for Ducati globally. Canada is a premium and sophisticated motorcycle market and strengthening the global dealer network here in the Québec region is a signal of our commitment to Canada.”
The newest North American dealership opened its doors to the community to share not only Ducati’s newest motorcycles, but also a distinct gathering place for clients and new Ducati family members, with the opening of a Ducati Caffé and Bistro Lounge within the new retail locale. A perfect spot for socializing and sharing the Ducati lifestyle, the Ducati Caffé and Bistro Lounge are unique to the Montréal location, making it the first expansion of its kind in North America offering coffee and café fare along with the great conversation all Ducati dealerships are known for.
“There’s a decidedly European flair to Montréal that blends perfectly with Ducati’s Mediterranean heritage and Italy’s cultural love of community,” said Chinnock, Chief Executive of Ducati North America. “Motorcycling shares that same affinity for comradery, which we see in the enthusiasm of our Ducati clients in Québec. They’re just as happy chatting about the new Panigale V4 R with a seasoned Ducatista as they are with someone who just bought their first Scrambler and is new to riding. This new exclusive location at Ducati Montréal is now the perfect place for clients to gather and share riding stories, or stock up on apparel and accessories before heading out on a road trip discovering the beauty of Québec.”
The new facility has a showroom of 6,000 square-feet with a service center adding an additional 4,000 square-feet. There is also a dedicated Scrambler Camp and workshop showcasing “The Land of Joy.”
Ducati Montréal is located at 7100 Boul Métropolitain E, Anjou, QC H1M 1A1, Canada, in the Anjou arrondissement of Montréal, with easy accessibility from Autoroute 40 and 25. A ribbon cutting ceremony with dealer principals Jacques Guénette and Lynn Landry along with Ducati executives marked the occasion of the new facility among excited crowds.
“We’re very proud to be able to start a business relationship with Ducati, which has the highest standards that exists,” said Guénette, who added that he and his team have been working for more than 18 months to put the project together. “Our Ducati store is the first one of its kind in Canada and we are honored to host Francesco Milicia and Jason Chinnock at our inaugural event, as well, to mark the start of this new beginning.”
A diverse selection of Ducati’s new motorcycles was also on display for the soirée, including the new Panigale V4 R and the growing Scrambler brand, in addition to the Multistrada touring motorcycle lineup.
Thursday, 18 July 2019 13:27 Published in Industry News
On the eve of the Grand Prix of Catalunya, the Mission Winnow Ducati team resumed action at Montmeló for a one-day, collective test. In hot weather conditions, with 30 degrees in the atmosphere and 55 on the tarmac, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso clocked 57 and 63 laps respectively to try several chassis, electronics and aerodynamics upgrades on the factory Desmosedici GP 19. Petrucci finished with a personal best of 1:39.917 in eleventh position overall, with Dovizioso (12th) just eight tenths of a second behind him in 1:39.925.
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1:39.917 (11th)
"I'm satisfied with how this test went. We tried several upgrades in terms of chassis, electronics and aerodynamics, finding some solutions that gave me better sensations on the bike. In particular, we improved the feeling with the front and mid-corner turning. The track may have been a bit quicker compared to yesterday, but we were fast with used tyres, which is never something to take for granted. We'll utilize some of these upgrades starting from next round at Assen, where we'll resume from this base to keep the positive momentum."
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1:39.925 (12th)
"It's been a positive test, in which we focused on several areas. We tried some new tyres brought by Michelin ahead of the next races, and a chassis upgrade that gave us a good feeling especially in corner entry, even though we'll be able to gauge its true advantages only during a race. Yesterday didn't go as planned, but it's important to keep working hard to understand where we have more room for improvement and to further increase our competitiveness. Starting from Assen, we'll try to use these upgrades to our advantage."
The Mission Winnow Ducati team will resume action at Assen (Netherlands) for the eighth round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, scheduled for June 28-30.
Monday, 17 June 2019 13:44 Published in Rider and Team Releases