Diavel - Ducati



Diavel - Ducati
01 I 2012
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Racers, heroes,
The Redline Magazine
Speedy, sexy, stunning
Superbike 1199 Panigale
From the racetrack to the road
to Ducati!
All about our passion
for racing, technology,
lifestyle and design.
This magazine has been put
together to tell you all about a
year in the life of Ducati. Direct
from our HQ in Borgo Panigale,
it follows the adventures of our
heroes, riders and enthusiasts
and includes behind-the-scenes
reports, as well as updates on our
bikes, details of the new apparel
collection, and much, much more.
The most exciting thing for us is
that this magazine will be enjoyed
by Ducatisti the world over.
Ducati can be described in three
magic words: Authentic, Italian,
Ducati is Authentic. Our authenticity is important to us, especially
when it comes to exclusive
technological solutions like the
Desmo, which have become our
distinctive trademark.
Gabriele Del Torchio
Photo: Thorsten Doerk, Cover Heiko Simayer
CEO and President
of Ducati Motor Holding
Ducati is Italian. The Ducati
factory is located in the heart of
Emilia Romagna, in an area
known as “Motor Valley”. We are
proud to be Italian. We are proud
of our family, our tradition, our
heritage. And of course we are
particularly proud of the fact that
Ducati is seen as an ambassador
for Italian manufacturing around
the world.
Ducati is Performance. Competition is part of our DNA and the
track acts as a testing ground for
the technology we apply to our
motorcycles. The track is also a
place full of passion that we share
with Ducati fans all over the
world. Like Hegel, we believe
that “Nothing great in the world
has been accomplished without
These three words sum up the
excellence of the Ducati brand.
A brand that refuses to compromise on design, performance,
comfort, safety or control. Our
bikes are living proof of that, on
all kinds of roads, world-wide.
And our latest creation, the
amazing new 1199 Panigale Superbike, sets an unprecedented
standard in supersport performance and style. Riding pleasure
and lifestyle at its best.
Meant for people who
live out their dreams
Ducati has become a synonym
for sportiness and performance –
all around the world.
“For me, riding a motorcycle is the epitome
of freedom,” says Aldo Drudi, whose designs
have been definitive for Ducati’s collections, from
helmets to leather suits, for a decade. More than
30 years ago, when the designer first began
giving Grand Prix riders a face and a brand, he
was a pioneer. It was an era in which anything
seemed possible. There was the incredible victory scored in 1978 by Mike Hailwood™, when
he won the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy on a
Ducati 900 NCR. Back then, just as now, the story
of Ducati is above all a story of legendary motorcycles and of men like Hailwood™ who chose
them to tackle their races and made the name of
Ducati known throughout the world. Paolo
Pirozzi, a delighted Ducatista and president of an
official Ducati club, has now taken this mission
literally: he has travelled around the world on his
trusty Multistrada 1200 for the Ducati club in Naples, an experience which has served to confirm
the Ducati multi-purpose model’s extreme durability. Successes such as these are only possible
because Ducati’s engineers and designers are
firmly focused on winning. For decades now, in
the single-minded pursuit of their central aim to
make the world’s best motorcycles better still,
they have produced innovation after groundbreaking innovation which have given Ducati
that technological edge which translates into
triumph on the racetrack. This is our home. If you
hear “Ducati”, you think “racetrack”. You think
of riders like Troy Bayliss, Carlos Checa, Nicky
Hayden or Valentino Rossi, each one of them
such a fascinating figure that there’s no way to
rank them apart from alphabetically. You think of
bikes born of passion, such as the new Superbike
1199 Panigale, an ultimate racer and a homage
to its origins, or the Ducati Diavel, perfect for a
devilishly pleasurable motorcycling experience.
You think of the amazing atmosphere created by
enthusiastic fans who want to cheer on their heroes and show their pride for all to see – with the
Ducati collections “Corse”, “Heritage”, “Company” and “Kids”, they’ll always have a new and
different way of wearing their hearts on their
sleeves. Ducati is quite simply more than motorcycles. It is a lifestyle.
Photo Markus Bolsinger
Text Francesca Corello
The Italian company is proud to present its latest creation: the 1199 Panigale.
Designed without compromises and with only one objective: to win.
Speedy and safe:
The 1199 Panigale
was put through the
toughest of tests.
Training on the
track: Hundreds
upon hundreds
of laps to
achieve a perfect synthesis
of maximum
and absolute
Born from passion:
the Ducati 1199 Panigale
he 1199 Panigale might have been born on the
racetrack, but its given name is an expression
of the deep connection its manufacturer feels
to its home: Borgo Panigale is the name of the
district in Bologna where Ducati was founded
and has had its headquarters to this day. This
new Superbike’s innovative technology and design seems to consist of nothing but superlatives – it’s a real standardsetter for the competition. The Bologna brand’s latest racing machine
owes its existence to the passion and commitment of Ducati’s employees; every single one of them takes great pride in being a standardbearer for world-famous Italian motorcycle creation. More than ever
before, Ducati has harnessed the experience of its racing department
in the development of production motorcycle, incorporating every technical innovation developed over recent years.
The 1199 Panigale is the first Ducati Superbike to feature aluminium
casing instead of a tubular Trellis frame. “Our choice to use this monocoque was an important milestone on the path to our ultimate goal for
this project: the new model had to weigh at least 10 kg (22lb) less than
the 1198, which is still the lightest sporting motorcycle the world has
seen so far“, reveals Cristian Gasparri, project manager responsible for
the development of the 1199 Panigale. “We were aware that it wouldn’t
do just to endlessly search for a way to make each individual part lighter.
The challenge we faced went a lot further than that: We needed to find
a way of integrating individual functions in such a manner as to reduce
the number of components and therefore the machine’s overall weight “We used particular materials such as magneas much as possible. The monocoque (frame and airbox) is the perfect sium alloys in order to make the engine lighter.
example of this concept with its focus on integration and efficiency.” Weight was right up there with time as our
The monocoque frame’s key component is the new Superquadro en- strongest opponent“, explains Marco Sairu, progine, whose L-shaped arrangement and the famous Desmodromic valve ject manager for the engines. “Our objective
control were retained from other Ducati engines, but
the rest of which is the very epitome of innovation.
Beguiling beauty: the prototype
The wheel base is relatively short, but this did not
alone is fit to fall in love with
get in the way of installing a long rocker arm which
gives the engine greater stability and transfers the
Superquadro’s unbelievable power to the road. The exhaust system’s was to develop an extremely powerful engine
silencer is positioned underneath the engine, whose more forward-placed in record time.”
position helps centre the bike’s mass and optimises its driving perfor“We began with an absolutely clean slate:
mance. The machine’s sophisticated electronics assist the rider in han- Apart from some indispensable, traditional
dling the vehicle dynamics, while the engine’s 195hp make a racing rider Ducati elements, such as the Desmo and the 90°
of anyone who mounts a 1199 Panigale.
L-shaped layout, this engine has only about
20 components in common with its predecessors. We developed all the rest more or less from
scratch.” Marco Sairu is confident that the engine is as precise as a watch whose gears all fit
perfectly into one another. “Sometimes it was a
bit like playing the computer game Tetris”. And
here’s the result: 195hp, the unmistakable Ducati
engine roar and, of course, outstanding performance. As well as being an amazing motorcycle,
the 1199 Panigale is also a big thank-you to all
Ducatisti the world over who remain true to the
red racers from Borgo Panigale and long to experience that unique Ducati feeling in their dayto-day lives as well as on the racetrack. This was
the dream for which Ducati’s people gave their
all, whether on the test track or in the factory. ___
Engineers, mechanics and
riders tirelessly
put the new Superbike through
its paces, their
precision tools
reminiscent of
surgeons’ operating instruments.
of the species
The 1199 Panigale is the latest creation in a series of remarkable twincylinder sport bikes made by Ducati during the last 25 years.
© Ducati
he story begins with the 851, which was intro- top. This is not just because of its lightweight
duced in 1987 (24 years ago!), a year that marks and improved performance. The 1199 Panigale,
the birth of the “modern” Ducati, introducing to just like every Ducati sport bike, delivers breaththe market the concept of high performance twin- taking design and first class technical innovacylinder engines. Prior to this, powerful sport bikes were always equipped tions, ranging from the full LED headlight to the
with four-cylinder engines, usually made in Japan. The introduction of matrix TFT colour display and electronic suspenthe water-cooled Desmoquattro engine of the 851 model, with four valves sion. There are numerous features that highlight
per cylinder and computerised fuel injection, instantly placed Ducati at the strenuous effort applied in order to achieve
the heart of sport bike competition. Thanks to this model Ducati started a reduction of weight, such as the ultra-light alto take part in the Superbike World Championship, winning, to date, a uminium machined rims created in order to regrand total of 17 world titles, and over 300 race victories, thus making duce the thickness and achieve reduced moDucati and its twin-cylinder sport bikes the most award-winning motor- ments of inertia.
With the 1199 Panigale, it is our intention to
cycle manufacturer in the Superbike World Championship. The 851 was
then replaced by the 888 and, in 1994, by the remarkable 916, which, ac- re-emphasise the importance of sport bikes for
cording to many observers, represented the best motorbike produced our brand. The start of the races is almost upon
us: Ducati Corse has been part of the developworldwide in the 90s.
Distinctive Ducati standards – stunning design,
great driving experience and blistering acceleration as well as sportiness were more evident than
“It has been a great challenge”
they had ever been before. The 916 was followed
by the 996 and the 998, which introduced an important evolution of the Testastretta engine which completely revolution- ment team from the very beginning. They supised the design of the cylinder head, reducing the angle of the valves and plied the basic instructions in order to ensure
which was then replaced in 2003 by the 999. This proved to be a contro- that the 1199 Panigale was equipped with state
versial motorbike which divided Ducati owners and fans into two op- of the art design, engineering and technology
posing sides. In 2007, the 1098 was born. This ultra-light and powerful used in SBK as well as all their experience with
motorbike included many of the key features of the 916: it proved to be a the MotoGP engines, and today we are able to
great success. The 1198 model subsequently followed with the latest mod- give them back an excellent foundation for the
ification of the Testastretta engine. In 2012, Ducati will introduce the 1199 Superstock and Superbike Championships. It has
Panigale. Four years of development and one objective: to fuel feelings been a great challenge, often delving deep into
and emotions in a way that only a Ducati sport bike can. For the first time unexplored technological territory, and it has
in this fascinating history of sport bikes, all rigorously red and twin-en- been only with the help of a dedicated team of
gine, the 1199 Panigale has an entirely new engine – the Superquadro, passionate, competent technicians and motorthus named because of its 112 mm bore – which introduces an extreme cycle racers, of which I am proud to be a part,
concept of integration between the motorbike and the engine and thus that we have been able to rise to this chal___
raises the performance bar to its highest for this category of motorbikes. lenge.
Over 10kg lighter than the 1198 (which at present boasts the title
of lightest sport bike available on the market) and with over 20 more horse- Claudio Domenicali
power than the previous model, the 1199 Panigale stands unrivaled at the Director, Ducati Motor Holding
The gears of the new
transmission and water
pump. Next page: the
new Superquadro, up
close and personal.
Superbike 1199 Panigale S
The new Superbike is a milestone in
motorcycle history, setting entirely
new sporting standards. Its exceptionally powerful design alone raises it to
the status of a motorcycle construction icon.
Virgin territory
The 1199 Panigale is notable for the
innovative ideas that have gone into
its design. For instance, it has aban-
doned the conventional tubular Trellis
frame in favour of an aluminium
monocoque which integrates the engine as a key component.
A standard-setting twin-cylinder
The engine, the most powerful twincylinder ever built, makes the 1199 a
force to be reckoned with on the racetrack. Up-to-the-minute electronics
convert its power perfectly into speed.
Type: Superquadro, L-twin cylinder,
Desmodromic distribution
Displacement: 1198 cc
Bore x Stroke: 112 x 60,8 mm
Compression Ratio: 12,5 : 1
Power: 195 hp (143 kw) @ 10,750 rpm
Torque: 13,5 Kgm (132 Nm) @ 9.000 rpm
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection system, full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies
Dry weight: 164 kg
Racing leather suit with composite protectors, aerodynamic hump, kneepads and
aluminium shoulder inserts.
Ducati Corse 12 racing suit
A helmet that’s truly in a class of its own.
The shell, made of composite fibre, guarantees high resistance to knocks and
crashes. The upper part of the shell is
additionally surrounded by a reinforcing
protective ring which boosts the helmet’s
performance further still. The removable
inner lining is ergonomically designed
and covered with dry-cool material.
RX GP-7 Ducati Corse 12 full-face helmet
your mind
Aldo Drudi was a young designer when he started to give GP pilots a face,
and his helmet designs made him a pioneer in the fields. In hindsight, it was
bound to be only a matter of time before Drudi and Ducati teamed up. Their first
meeting over ten years ago saw them become partners at first and then become
friends. Now the star designer reveals himself in his studio perched above the
roofs of Riccione.
Photo Thorsten Doerk
Text Nicole Hille-Priebe
ome people like to make clean starts. For Aldo from outside you. You find inspiration in the
Drudi, every blank sheet of paper in the impres- world, not in yourself. You have to be curious.”
sive pile on his desk is a piece of a future that
Drudi is often drawn to the stony coastline
has not yet been described, a bridge that spans below his hometown of Cattolica, where the
the gap between vision and reality. There isn’t a screen or a trackpad region of Emilia-Romagna borders Marche.
to be seen anywhere in his studio. “Basically, I don’t use a computer Here, at the end of the 1970s, he got to know
for work – it erases your memories. If you save your creative recollec- Grand Prix racer Graziano Rossi. The two men
tions on a hard drive, you run the risk of copying yourself at some became friends and, in the early hours of the
point. I feel free when I have a white sheet of paper in front of me.” day, they would take their cross motorcycles
Maybe this opinion is the secret behind Drudi’s success: he has been to the beach and tear across the shorelines,
the creative genius behind Ducati’s helmets, leathers, jackets and which the Adriatic had turned into a flawless
clothes for over ten years. Over and over again, his creations have racetrack at night. “Today,” says Adro Drudi,
been fresh, surprising and unique.
crossing his wrists emphatically, “they’d lock
The 52-year-old star designer works from his studio on the top floor you up for that.”
A lot has changed. Drudi has gone from
of a residential block in Riccione, a holiday resort near Rimini. “Ducati
makes legends of champions – and I give them their face,” he says. being a student to being one of the most
Behind the glass of a huge panoramic window, you
can see the tops of pine trees glowing in changing
“You have to be curious“
shades of green. Taking in the vista, your eye sweeps
over rooftops and train tracks until your lose yourself
in the endless blue of the sky over the Adriatic. After motorcycles, sought-after designers in motorcycling. And
the sea is the second key to Drudi’s soul. As an artist, he must repeat- the Grand Prix rider called Rossi goes by the
edly reinvent himself and break free from the limits imposed by his first name of Valentino: he’s Graziano’s son
own line of sight. “Inspiration doesn’t come from within – it comes and world champion nine times over.
Room with a view: Aldo Drudi
has had a giant panoramic window
installed in his studio in Riccione.
Aldo Drudi starts
his designs on
paper rather than
on a computer.
He then transfers
the design directly
to the helmet.
Magic: The four
elements – fire,
water, earth and
air – on this Valentino Rossi helmet
are intended to
be a source of
strength to the
world champion.
An oasis of
peace and quiet:
Aldo Drudi’s atelier
is a place where
he can work and
relax. But there’s
still no lack of
references to the
world of motorcycles.
“For me, riding a motorcycle is
the epitome of freedom”
Aldo Drudi has known the racetrack rock star ever since he was born
in 1979. While Rossi junior was growing up, Drudi’s reputation also
grew as the creator of logos, outfits and motorcycle clothing for the
stars of the motorcycle circuit. His fingerprint on “Drudi Performance”
became synonymous with the very highest quality, innovative style
and true passion for racing. “If you want to do your job right, you
have to ride a motorcycle yourself. You have to know how it feels to
become almost like an animal when you’re in the saddle and feel the
bond between you, the person, and your bike, the machine.”
So it was also just a matter of time before Ducati and Drudi found
common ground in their values and ideals. “There’s no pressure, only
trust,” is how the designer describes the relationship between these
two key players in international racing. He adds, “And, above all, there’s
mutual respect!” Drudi particularly values the unvarying quality of
Ducati’s products, the company’s innovative ideas and its sheer determination to be the best. Though he knows the company as well as if
it were a good friend, he still views his trips to Borgo Panigale as one
of the most important sources of inspiration. “Ducati is something very
special, it’s fashion and the Italian lifestyle at their purest. This has to
be on show not just in outfits and motorcycles’ designs when on the
racetrack, but it is also in the brand’s clothing collections. If you head
to a party in the evening and wear Ducati while you stand on the rooftop
terrace with a glass of wine in your hand, you’re doing the right thing.”
It’s not possible to learn this lightness of touch. It’s a gift from Italy
itself, just like the sunshine which makes its wine special and its people
happy. “When I started working as a designer, I was lucky enough to
be a pioneer in my field.” Today, he only works with the best and for
the best. He turns tradition, history and legends into fluorescent colours and shapes that are the unmistakable hallmark of champions.
“Racing is the hardest test for everyone: riders, motorcycles, colours.
If something is a winner on the racetrack, it’ll win on the market too.”
To Drudi, his designs are more than just mere decoration: they are
magical. They are created to give strength to riders. “People need rituals. When Native Americans went on the warpath, the paint their warriors used on their bodies and faces didn’t just help to make them seem
more fierce, it also served to combat their own fears.”
Inspiration: When he hears
the call of the sea, Aldo Drudi
usually heads to the rocky
coastline close to his birthplace Cattolica (left). Later on,
the results of these creative
breaks appear in all their
glory on the racetrack – or in
his studio, where racing suits
worn by Valentino Rossi have
a place of honour (below).
To Drudi, his designs are more than just
mere decoration: they are magical
Pioneering: Aldo Drudi
compares his designs
with Native American
war paint; their purpose
is to transform themselves into the riders’
unmistakable defining
characteristics, give them
strength – and help them
to combat their fear.
© Oakley Icon Ltd, 2011
Full Speed.
Full Style.
Ducati Collection Nicky Hayden
Signature Series HOLBROOK™
Photo Sven Cichowicz
They’ve been designed
to deliver security and
performance. Every detail
announces this intention –
the material used, the protectors and the items’ ergonomics. But the helmets, jackets
and leathers from our Corse
collection do more than simply fulfil an important function: just like all of the other
accessories in the collection,
they underscore the racing
spirit of the Ducati brand.
The message they reinforce:
dynamics, passion, and the
desire to win!
These are three attributes
reflected in the colours the
items use. Black, white and
red combinations give the
Corse line its powerful signature style.
Race Appeal
Leather D-skin racing suit
with composite protectors, aerodynanic hump,
sliders and aluminium
shoulders. Ducati Corse
12 racing suit
Fibreglass racing helmet
with thermoformed visor
and removable and
washable lining. RX GP-7
Ducati Corse 12 full-face
Stretched cotton vests
with embroidered patch
over carbon fibre base.
Ducati Corse 12 singlet
Hi-tech D-skin leather
jacket with composite
shoulder and elbow
protectors. Fits back
guard and chest
protector. Ducati Corse
12 D-skin leather jacket
Fibreglass helmet with
thermoformed visor
and D-ring fastening.
Ducati Corse SBK
full-face helmet
Her: two-piece D-skin
leather racing suit with
composite protectors,
aerodynamic hump,
knee-sliders and aluminium on the shoulders. Ducati Corse
two-piece suit
Sweatshirt with print
and Ducati Corse
patch embroidered in
real carbon fibre:
hooded and half- zip
for him, full zip for
her. Ducati 12 Corse
Cotton Ducati Corse polo, slightly stretchy.
Ducati Corse 12 polo shirt
Like two jackets in one. Black for understated elegance, red for eye-catching assertiveness.
Ducati Corse 12 Double Face Jacket
Jackets with protectors in high-tech fabric with waterproof and breathable membrane.
Removable thermal lining and back guard. Ducati Corse logo jackets
Fibreglass helmet with thermoformed visor and D-ring fastening.
Ducati Corse Superbike helmet
Stretched cotton vests with embroidered patch in real carbon fibre.
Ducati Corse 12 singlet
Ultra-light sunglasses thanks
to metal frame
with anti UV
Plutonite® lenses.
Hi-tech D-skin
leather jacket with
composite shoulder
and elbow protectors. Fits back
guard and chest
protector. Ducati
Corse 12 leather
Hi-tech leather
gloves with thermoplastic resin and
steel inserts. Ducati
Corse 12 gloves
Jacket with protectors in hi-tech fabric
with waterproof and
breathable membrane, aluminium
shoulders and
removable thermal
lining; fits back
guard. Ducati Corse
Her: two-piece D-skin leather
racing suit with composite
protectors, aerodynamic
hump, sliders, aluminium
shoulders. Ducati Corse
two-piece suit
Him: Hi-tech stretch T-shirt
in Dryarn® (keeps body
temperature constant).
Performance 11 T-shirt
Him: Racing boots with
sliders and hard protectors.
Ducati 1000 V3 Racing boots
Two-piece racing suit
with composite protectors,
aluminium shoulders and
sliders. Ducati Corse twopiece suit
Stretched cotton vests with patch embroidered with real carbon fibre. Ducati Corse 12 singlet
Stay warm in style this winter with the Ducati Corse 12 beanie. Ducati Corse beanie
Bathing suit. Blackriders swimsuit
Cotton piquet Ducati Corse polo shirt. Ducati Corse polo shirt
Cap with Ducati Corse carbon logo that is sporty and stylish. Ducati Corse Carbon Cap
The Ducati Corse cap is the essence of trackside thrills. Ducati Corse 12 cap
Ducati Corse gym bag: supplied with an internal shoe bag. Ducati Corse gym bag
Set of two Ducati Corse towels. Ducati Corse towel set
Ducati Monster 1100EVO
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the definitive naked icon. The 100 hp of the Desmodue Evoluzione, smoothly controlled at all times by the Ducati
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an improved riding position, puts the Monster 1100EVO in a whole new joy zone. Monster 1100EVO: we can describe
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“El Toro” grabs the opportunity by the horns: Carlos Checa rides his
Ducati 1198 to victory in the 2011 Superbike World Championship.
The fighting spirit, professional approach and sheer enthusiasm of Carlos
Checa and the Althea team saw to it that a Ducati racer was the winner of
the Superbike World Championship for the 14th time. The cup for the 17th
factory team title has gone on display at the Ducati museum.
© Ducati
On the pinnacle of his
success: In August 2011
in Silverstone, Carlos
Checa scored Ducati’s
300th Superbike World
Championship victory.
Appropriately, the
champion celebrated on
one of Italy’s highest
mountains, the Castore –
“El Toro” is a keen
amateur climber.
Photo: Picture-Alliance
Unbeatable: Carlos Checa
and the Ducati 1198 have
left their mark on the 2011
Superbike World Championship, a win which saw the
Spanish rider crown a fantastic season with his first
title. The SBK team had a
lot to celebrate.
ome years prove unforgettable: an experienced,
first-class rider, a highly qualified team, a motorcycle of astounding performance. And then, of
course, there’s the magic that happens when the
bike and its rider fuse to form an inseparable, indeed unbeatable unit.
The ingredients of the magical combination that dominated the 2011
Superbike World Championship were the Ducati 1198, Carlos Checa and
Althea Ducati. Thanks to the fighting spirit, the professionalism and the
enthusiasm shown by Carlos Checa and the Althea team, this year has
seen the 14th triumph in the Superbike World Championships scored
by a Ducati rider. The cup awarded for the 17th manufacturers’ title is
now on show in the Ducati Museum.
The Catalan rider became World Champion shortly before his 39th
birthday. Just a few weeks previously, in Silverstone, he had propelled
Ducati past the 300-win mark in the Superbike World Championship.
By the end of the season, Checa the Champion had boosted this figure
still more, to an amazing total of 306 wins for Ducati.
This career highlight was quite a time in coming, although he had long
since earned it. Of the 24 World Championship races, Checa triumphed
in 15, including his final victory in Magny-Cours. Not even Carl Fogarty
or Troy Bayliss at the peak of their careers were able to boast such proud
numbers of wins. What’s the secret of this success story? “I trust the 1198
implicitly,” Checa says, putting it in a nutshell. “I can rely on a fabulous
Ducati to do what I want it to.” He sees himself as being on his best-ever
form: “I’ve always been honest with myself and reflected on how I can
improve my performance.” It seems as if Carlos and his machine were
quite simply ready for this triumphal moment. He adds: “Winning the
World Championship title has made me ten years younger!”
Over the course of his long career, Checa has amassed a huge wealth
of experience. He made his Grand Prix debut at the age of 21 in 1993,
riding a 125cc machine; just two years later, he was in the seat of a ferocious 500cc with a twin-stroke engine, achieving the first of two victories in this class in 1996. He reached his best World Championship
placing in 1998, with a wildly celebrated home win in Jarama, Spain.
Now Checa can wear the number 1 on his chest, along with his
symbol, a 7 with bull’s horns. He may have achieved his goal, but he’s
still hungry: “I’m raring to win races and defend my title in 2012.”
Buena suerte, Carlos!
Carlos Checa
Date of birth
Eye colour
Hair colour
15 October 1972
175 cm (5ft 9in)
70 kg (154lb)
brown, soon to be
Lucky number
Racing number
Favourite racecourse
First victory (Catalunya)
First place on
the podium (Malaysia)
Laguna Seca
Carlos and the Ducati 1198
were quite simply ready for this title
© Ducati
Top spot: Carlos Checa has
arrived, celebrating his victory
in Imola with unbounded joy
on the podium. “Riding in the
Superbike World Championship
was one of the best decisions
I’ve ever made. That and joining
Ducati!” said the newly
crowned world champion after
the race.
Phenomenal: There were 24 races
this season, and Carlos Checa
stood on the winners’ podium
no less than 21 times. His title
win once again confirms his
qualities – and the qualities of
the Ducati 1198. This dream
team proved that it’s the winning
combination for every racetrack.
Ernesto Marinelli, SBK Project
Manager at Ducati, and Carlos
celebrate the win at Silverstone.
Exit Wounds ::::::::::
2001 ::::::::::
Ducati Monster
Heroes, gangsters, aliens: wherever a character in an action film
needs to make a quick getaway, there’s usually a Ducati involved.
Text Nicole Hille-Priebe
hen Hollywood films get fast and furious, their
stars can turn into heroes. It’s no coincidence
that it’s often a Ducati helping them make the
impossible possible: for decades now, directors have been so wowed by the Italian premium motorcycles that they have cast them in starring roles in their
films. It all started in 1971, with Nadine Trintignant’s Franco-Italian
masterpiece “Ça n'arrive qu'aux autres” starring Catherine Deneuve
and Marcello Mastroianni. The Ducati Scrambler 250 featured in the
film was a defining style icon of the time, well beyond Italy.
Dramas, however, are rather the exception in the long list of films
in which Ducatis have played key roles. The Ducati brand stands for
power, design and performance – the perfect cocktail for fast and
furious action films. For instance, the Ducati Hypermotard inspired the
US director Joseph McGinty Nichol in 2009, in part four of the “Terminator” series of films, while developing the menacing “MotoTerminator”, which has the capacity for thought and can exercise control
over itself. “In Terminator Salvation, technology reaches a level at
which it transforms into its own art form – that
seems to me to be a highly apt description of
Ducati as well,” stated “McG” when the film
Six years previously, just after Ducati had
joined the MotoGP, the Ducati 996 cut a stunning figure in “Matrix Reloaded”. The breathtaking chase scenes were shot on a disused
US airbase on which “Matrix” creators the
Wachowski brothers had a replica piece of
highway built. The scene shows Neo (Keanu
Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) fleeing
once again from agents who are hard on their
heels. Jumping from a bridge, Trinity and Neo
land on a truck loaded up with 996s fresh from
the factory – which go on to save them. This
world-beating Ducati is the best possible
weapon in the fight against space and time,
Knight and Day :::::::::: 2010 ::::::::::
Ducati Hypermotard 1100
Terminator 4 :::::::::: 2009 ::::::::::
Matrix Reloaded :::::::::: 2003 ::::::::::
giving the pursued pair a decisive edge with its velocity and extreme
Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010), starring
Michael Douglas as unscrupulous moneyman Gordon Gekko, shows
Ducati from another side altogether. Gekko’s adversary is the smart,
self-assured stockbroker Jake (Shia LaBeouf), who aims to make the
world a better place by investing in renewable energies and prefers
riding a Ducati to being stuck in traffic queues. Mounted on the saddle
of his Streetfighter S, New York’s rush hour traffic is the least of his problems. Cutting through the snarling traffic, his bike really comes into its
own, as its harmonious shapes blend in perfectly with its surroundings.
A Ducati Desmosedici RR also had a starring role in the film Wall Street.
A year later, the action thriller “I Am Number Four” provided conclusive proof that Ducati’s popularity isn’t limited to planet Earth. What star
Ducati Hypermotard
Ducati Superbike 996
Teresa Palmer, touted as the next Angelina
Jolie, loved most of all about making the film
was the chance to ride a Ducati in her role as
extra-terrestrial “Number Six”: “I play a warrior, a martial artist. I’m sexy, ride a Ducati and
I’m not afraid of my enemies. In other words,
it’s not a good idea to get on the wrong side of
me.” She had spent two months in intensive
training to prepare for the physically demanding
role: “Stunts, shooting – and motorcycling:
I rode a red Ducati 848. It was really exciting.”
Spectacular chases featuring awe-inspiring
stunts and leading to a nerve-racking last-minute
rescue are trademarks of action films. In the fight
TRON: Legacy :::::::::: 2010 ::::::::::
Ducati Sport 1000
Unriveled power, streamlined design –
the perfect star for ground-breaking action films
Blockbuster: Ducati in cinema
Ducati Streetfighter and Desmosedici RR
I Am Number Four :::::::::: 2011 ::::::::::
between good and evil, the fastest person wins, and they’re often on two
wheels. In the quadruple Oscar-winning science fiction film “Inception”
(2010), Leonardo DiCaprio plays the mastermind of a group of industrial
spies who enter other people’s dreams in order to manipulate them. The
boundaries become blurred as the hunters become the hunted, suddenly
trapped in the subconscious of their supposed victim, who backs them
into a dangerous corner atop his black Ducati Streetfighter S.
If anyone knows anything about action films, it’s Sylvester Stallone.
When he took on the job of directing “The Expendables” (2010), featuring Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Jason Statham, and guest
appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, he insisted
on selecting the motorcycles for the film personally. The favourite: the
Ducati Desmosedici RR. Today, the motorcycle, which is said to have
Ducati Superbike 848
originally belonged to Jason Statham, is owned
by pro rider Jake Wand. “This Ducati is one of
the most breathtaking motorcycles on the
planet, and the fact that it has appeared in this
film makes it even more unique.”
The science fiction genre, again, has provided
Ducati with one of the top highlights of its illustrious film career. In “Tron: Legacy”, Kevin Flynn
(Jeff Bridges) finds himself trapped in the virtual reality of a computer program in which
gladiators are forced to fight one another on
Light Runners in a game arena. 20 years after
Flynn’s disappearance, his son Sam (Garrett
Stockbrokers, soldiers, saviours of the world:
if you’re in a hurry, you need a Ducati
Hedlund) manages to open the interface between cyberspace and the real world to search
for his father. Sam keeps the only memento he
has of him, a Ducati 1000 Sport, in his apartment. When the two finally meet again in the
program’s digi-tal grid, their first conversation
centres on the legendary Ducati, whose raw charisma made it a classic even back when Flynn
rode it. Ducati’s red carpet gets longer every
year. Hollywood just loves its extra-special
movie star, as is plain to see on this star-studded
list of films with a fast-and-furious guest appearance all the way from Borgo Panigale. ___
»Ça n‘arrive qu‘aux autres«
1971, France/Italy
Ducati Scrambler 250
1996, USA
Ducati Superbike 748
»Speed 2: Cruise Control«
1997, USA
Ducati 916
»Conspiracy Theory«
1997, USA
Ducati SuperSport 900
»Double Team«
1998, USA
Ducati Monster 900
1998, USA
Ducati 748
»Don‘t Say a Word«
2001, USA
Ducati Monster 900
2001, USA
Ducati SuperSport 900
»Exit Wounds«
2001, USA
Ducati Monster
»Austin Powers in Goldmember«
2002, USA
Ducati ST2
2002, USA
Ducati Monster 620
»Blade II«
2002, USA
Ducati ST2
»Matrix Reloaded«
2003, USA
Ducati Superbike 996
»The Italian Job«
2003, USA
Ducati Superbike 748
»Ride or Die«
2003, USA
Ducati SuperSport 900
»Long way round«
2004, USA
Ducati Superbike 748
2004, USA
Ducati Monster 620 Dark
»La tigre e la neve«
2005, Italy
Ducati Superbike 748
»The Simpsons«
2007, USA,
Ducati Superbike 999
»Terminator Salvation«
2009, USA
Ducati Hypermotard
»Yes Man«
2009, USA
Hypermotard 1100
»The Expendables«
2010, USA
Ducati Desmosedici RR
»Wall Street: Money
never sleeps«
2010, USA
Ducati Streetfighter and
Desmosedici RR
»Knight and Day«
2010, USA
Ducati Hypermotard 1100
»Tron: Legacy«
2010, USA
Ducati Sport 1000
2010, USA
Ducati Streetfighter 1098
»Fast and Furious 5«
2011, USA
Ducati Streetfighter 1098s
»I Am Number Four«
2011, USA
Ducati Superbike 848
2012, USA
Ducati Monster 696
2011, India
Ducati Monster 1100
»Don 2«
2011, India
Monster 1100, Streetfighter,
Multistrada 1200
Movie still life Knight and Day / Creditline: © 2010 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX, Italian Movie poster Knight and Day / Creditline: © 2010 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX, Movie poster Matrix Reloaded / Creditline: © 2003 WARNER BROS.,
Movie Poster Terminator Salvation / © 2009 T Asset Acquisition Company / LLC. All Rights Reserved, Movie still life Terminator Salvation / Creditline: © 2009 T Asset Acquisition Company / LLC. All Rights Reserved, Movie poster Tron /
© 2010 Disney Enterprises / Inc. All Rights Reserved, Movie poster Wallstreet / © 2010 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX, Movie poster I’m Number Four / © 2011 Dreamworks Pictures, Exit Wounds / Terminator 4 / Tron Legacy /
Matrix Reloaded / I’m Number Four and Wallstreet / Kobal Collection, Bollywood: Don 2 / © 2010 Rapid Eye Movies / Ra One / © 2011 EROS INTERNATIONAL / RED CHILLIES ENTERTAINMENT
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps :::::::::: 2011 ::::::::::
The city is its catwalk: Milan is the perfect stage for the Ducati
Diavel to show how thrillingly different it is. It’s black, strong
and sexy – and always up for an adventure in the urban jungle.
Photos Markus Bolsinger
Text Nicole Hille-Priebe
ust imagine for a moment that you’re sitting at
your desk – which is located in Milan. Your office is situated on the top floor of a building
which features prominently in architectural tours
of the city. But even an expansive skylight can’t provide surefire protection against cabin fever – and it happens to strike on the very day
you have an important meeting scheduled. The deal’s just about closed,
but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to be absolutely on the ball
during the negotiations. The client is due to arrive in two hours. Looking
out of the window, you see the breeze blowing the clouds across the
sky. You think of your Ducati Diavel in your parking space in the basement garage, still warm from taking you to the office. And you know
it’s up to you what you make out of this moment.
Imagine changing your business suit for your motorcycling gear,
which you’d only just hung up for the working day. The trousers and
jacket from the black Diavel clothing series, made of soft calf leather,
fit like a second skin without restricting your freedom of movement.
On the way to the lift, you pick up your silver and black Arai helmet;
its design is the perfect complement to the sporty elegance of your
outfit. Just as the lift’s doors open in the basement garage, you close
your visor with a single movement.
Imagine starting the ignition and filling the air with the engine’s powerful vibrations in the mere blink of an eye. The Ducati trademark’s
sound rises, powerful, muscular, untamed. In a brief moment, out in
the traffic of the city, the Diavel will show off its elegant side, but down
here is the ideal space for the lion to let out its roar. After all, “Diavel”
means nothing other, in the Bolognese dialect of its home region, than
“devil” – and should the emphatic sound of its Desmodromic engine
be heard down in hell like a rumble of infernal thunder, the devil would
be likely to feel quite flattered.
Imagine giving yourself the gift of two hours. 120 minutes, 7,200 seconds or, on the Diavel, 500 kilometres (311 miles) – one way and only
if the road is clear, of course. Now all you need is to keep your head.
Ready for take-off: With
its powerful rear section,
a tubular frame that’s
been whittled down on
the side and its lowmounted, spindle-shaped
fuel tank, the Ducati
Diavel looks ready to
roar down the street at
a moment’s notice –
even when it’s parked.
Lap of honour: Milan is
a pulsating, creative metropolis with a population
of millions – and deserves
a soundtrack to match.
The unfettered sound of
the Ducati twin-cylinder
makes for a grand backdrop to the ride.
Milano downtown: Time
for a short break at the
Colonne di San Lorenzo.
The imposing pillars in
front of the basilica of San
Lorenzo originate from
Roman times, while the
historic buildings and the
piazzas reveal all the
beauty of the Milan of
days gone by. The best
way to enjoy this special
atmosphere is to stop for
an espresso in one of
the many little bars in
this district.
Anyway, we’re in Milan, and in Milan, time has
a quality you can’t measure in kilometres per
hour. It’s a productive, pulsating city, the cradle
of the key trends that emerge from Italy to take
the world by storm – it’s where they are born,
developed and produced. In Milan there is no
end of style, be it in fashion, design or architecture. The stars of the latter have left their
mark on the cityscape, decisively contributing
to a fascinating interplay between the traditional and the new.
Imagine you’re having fun. Your black Diavel is a perfect complement not just to the look
of the city, but also to its rhythms, proving itself an outstanding cruiser. From Milan’s cathedral, you head onward, towards La Scala.
In the labyrinth of one-way streets that makes
up this city’s heart, the Diavel’s 240 rear tyre
provides the requisite comfort level even when
travelling the city streets is a game of stop and
go. With its 162hp, the bike now wants to
limber up slowly. After leaving the city’s historic centre behind, along with the shoe-mad
women lugging the bags with their purchases,
we’re back in the fast lane.
Here, the specially made, extra-wide Pirelli
tyres respond to every manoeuvre and every
slope. Now for a powerful blast of fresh air before our time’s up.
Imagine getting whatever you want. The Diavel is the embodiment of a completely new
symbiosis of power and style. Its handling
leaves nothing to be desired, its technical spec
is teeming with the latest Ducati innovations:
ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Riding Modes
for safety, 162hp combined with a weight of
just 207kg (456lb) for sporting dynamism.
Pure design: The Ducati
Diavel is a sophisticated
blend of a sporting motorcycle and a cruiser – and
its clear lines against the
backdrop of the modern
architecture characterising
the Maciachini Center in
the former industrial
district of Carlo Elba.
Performance 2
Ducati and Mercedes-AMG share a passion for performance, exclusive styling and
engineering as an art form: the offspring of this shared passion is the Ducati Diavel AMG
Edition, based on the Diavel Carbon. Exclusive styling and technical refinements down to
the very smallest detail. Sports-style elements from AMG add a further note of sophistication
to the unmistakable design of the Diavel Carbon. It’s time to raise the curtain on the Diavel
AMG Special Edition: streamlined, forged-metal five-spoke wheels, carbon air intakes with
chrome grilles, a totally reworked sports-style exhaust, a seat with horizontal ribbing and
Alcantara touches, frame, tanks and pillion cover in Diamond White from AMG all aggressively underscore the matt black of the bike’s carbon fibre material. The exclusiveness of this
version is further emphasised by the nameplate on the engine bearing the signature of the
employee responsible for calibrating the desmodromic system’s fuel injection and ignition
by hand. Just like the Ducati and AMG brands themselves, the Ducati Diavel AMG Special
Edition blends dynamic performance and athletic power in a unique way, delivering an even
more breath-taking ride.
This motorcycle’s impressive performance, its
clear lines and the symphony sound of its
Desmo set standards and inflame desires wherever it turns up.
Imagine you’re enjoying yourself. There’s
time for an espresso at the Martin Café next to
the columns at San Lorenzo. A final detour on
your way back to the office leads you to the Maciachini Center, whose ultra-modern architecture is exemplary for 21st century Milan: a metropolis in which old and new are not opposites,
but rather necessary conditions.
Imagine you’re not dreaming. Imagine you’re
sitting at your desk but can reach for freedom
whenever you want to.
In Milan there is no end of style,
whether in fashion, design or architecture
© Ducati
Left: Leather jacket
with padding
for shoulders
and elbows. Fits
back protector.
BLW jacket
Fibreglass helmet,
removable lining
and D-ring fastening. BLW full-face
Pit stop: There’s a
great view of the
black devil outside
the glass front of the
Martin Café. We’ve
just time for a quick
espresso at the bar
before heading off
again. The r ider’s
busy getting exactly
the right dose of
caffeine – and will
shortly follow it up
with another adrenalin rush.
Ducati Official Fine Art Prints
Design your life with your passion
Diavel CROMO
The Ducati Diavel is the epitome of
power and mastery in a motorcycle.
There’s barely another bike around
whose appearance alone makes such
an emphatic impression as does this
dynamic powerhouse from Bologna.
A powerful engine
The two-cylinder takes the 1198’s
engine as its template. It produces
162 hp and a tremendous torque of
13 Kgm, giving it unrivalled thrust and
The cult of chrome
The gleaming chrome-plated tank contrasts effectively and elegantly with the
shining black paintwork, transforming
the Diavel into an object of adoration.
The horizontal-ridged seat and retrostyle Ducati logo round off the Diavel’s vintage good looks.
Type: Testastretta 11°, L-twin cylinder,
Desmodromic distribution
Displacement: 1198 cc
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67,9 mm
Compression Ratio: 11,5 : 1
Power: 162 hp (119 kw) @ 9.500 rpm
Torque: 13 Kgm (127,5 Nm) @ 8.000 rpm
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injections system,
elliptical throttle bodies
Dry weight: 210 kg
Fibreglass helmet with
removable lining and
D-ring fastening.
Diavel X full-face helmet
Leather Jacket with
protectors: this jacket
is made of soft cowhide.
Complete with removable protectors, fits
back guard and chest
protector. Diavel tech
leather jacket
The Ducati Official Fine Art Prints collection
is exclusively available on www.ducatiart.com
Put safety
first – and stay super
Reality check: Dainese
has an archive of
racing suits once worn
by Troy Bayliss. Many
of them bear the scars
sustained in battles for
victory, which make
the suits’ leather
unique – and provide
Dainese with important information for
the development of
new technologies and
Rev up, clear your head and savour the bend – this kind of enjoyment
can only be achieved if you know that you have the ultimate in rider
protection. Ducati works with the best names among equipment makers
to keep Ducatisti protected. Japanese helmet maker Arai and legendary
Italian motorcycle clothing producer Dainese are just two of Ducati’s
many reliable partners.
Photo Thorsten Doerk
Text Klaus-Achim Peitzmeier
hat do Oscar Wilde and Hirotake Arai have in
common? The Irish poet claimed, “I have
simple tastes. I am always satisfied with the
best.” The founder of the internationally
famous helmet-making company Arai developed his own philosophy:
“We make only one kind of helmet – the best.”
Today, management of this family business is in the hands of
Michio “Mitch” Arai, a declared aficionado of the motorcycle monsters, and his son Akihito. Arai is more than just a resonant name – it’s
a guarantee for top quality. Comfort and safety are top priority here.
Before a helmet leaves the factory, it is signed by the employee who
made it and undergoes a series of tough tests. This system guarantees that the final product meets the superlative safety and quality
standards which make Arai synonymous with reliability. And because
Arai wants its helmets to look great too, it has commissioned experienced top designer Aldo Drudi to design the helmets it produces for
Ducati. His latest creation took its cues from the design of the new Diavel AMG: the Diavel BLW helmet chimes perfectly with the assertive
outlines of the tank.
Hi-tech: The Dainese
Technology Center is
where the engineers’
innovative ideas are
turned into reality and
tested in lab conditions. Whatever the
new development, protection is priority
number one.
All Arai helmets have one unmistakable feature: the multi-density inner shell, available in
up to five different strengths, guarantees maximum all-round protection for every part of the
head. Some models also have an inner lining
that can be removed, either in part or in full.
The washable microfibre material actively
assists in regulating the skin’s moisture and
temperature levels.
Wherever speed is the name of the game,
Dainese is always in the thick of things. There’s
simply no doubt that the company’s protective clothing for motorcycle riders really is the
leather for leaders. It’s not just “The Doctor”
who recommends Dainese – the latest Ducati
Collection also features scores of stylish
jackets, suits with tear-proof pads, as well as
gloves and protectors made in Vicenza.
The company’s development lab, “Dainese
Expertise: D-air® project manager
Franco Gatto (left) discusses a new
design for the Ducati collection with
his colleague Piero Primon. Lower
picture: The hand-constructed hitech helmets from Arai all look the
same now – after a thorough safety
check, they will be painted in the
current collection’s design.
“D-air® is our link connecting the past,
the present and the future”
Protection when and where it counts is top of the list when it comes to
design, no matter what model is involved. Some of the projects are so
innovative that it can take up to ten years of development before the
product is ready to hit the market. One example of such a long development phase is D-air Racing®, an airbag system for racing suits which
launched in 2010 and inflates within 45 milliseconds. These days, racing
legends such as Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden never get on their
bikes without them.
The D-air® technology, tested on the racetrack by Ducati champions,
is now also available in an on-the-road version known as D-air® Street.
“The device is controlled by a SIM card built into the motorcycle, with
a second for the passenger. The D-air® Street system calls for still shorter
reaction times, to do justice to conditions on the road, which are very
different from those on the racetrack”, explains project manager Franco
Gatto. The system means that each rider has their own safety system,
avoiding endangering themselves or others. “For us, D-air® is a link between past, present and future.”
Cooperation with two leading brands such as Dainese and Arai both
strengthen and affirm Ducati’s unwavering determination to deliver its
customers the very best in cutting-edge technology for clothing and
safety alike – excellence that does not entail compromises in design. ___
Head protection with an autograph thrown in: The Japanese family business Arai
lives by the motto “We only build one kind of helmet – the best.” The shell is handsigned by the employee who made the helmet.
Fotocredit Arai: Arai Helmet B.V. Netherlands
Technology Center” (D-Tec), founded in 1993,
is situated not on an industrial estate, but rather
in an idyllic location among farms and vineyards. The up-to-the-minute research lab is
where Dainese’s engineers work on developing
the materials of the future and creating technological innovations. There’s a surprise waiting
behind one of D-Tec’s doors: on long clothes
rails hangs a whole galaxy of motorsport stars –
or at least their suits. Troy Bayliss takes up a
good two metres (6ft 6in), and a bit further down
the rail, the colour combination flags up straight
away that these racing suits once belonged to
Valentino Rossi. The air is filled with the smell
of leather, with a little sweat mixed in.
The oldest suits in this impressive collection
are from the time when Lino Dainese founded
the company. He designed the stylised devil’s
head as its trademark back in 1971; a year later,
Dainese was producing its first motocross trousers. They were black at first, as all of them
were at the time. Then Lino Dainese was struck
by inspiration: he’d put colour into motorcycling gear.
Lino Dainese is well-known for his ability to
solve problems in a markedly creative manner.
One example is the evolution of kneepads,
which happened after Dainese had had enough
of watching riders stick parts from visors onto
their suits for protection. His response to this
situation was to develop the “Porcupine”, a
kneepad with rubber bristles. He initially refined it by sewing on thick leather pads, before
switching to the current solution with its use
of Teflon and titanium sliders.
Photo Heiko Simayer
It’s about staying true to the
philosophy you’ve cherished
throughout your life and living
out your passion with pride.
And it’s about forging a link to
a history that’s as up-to-date
today as it’s always been.
The long-established and
the brand-new are reinventing themselves, fusing in a
completely original and unique
experience of time. It’s not
only diehard Ducatisti who’ll
love to wear this unmistakable
style in the shape of jackets
and sweatshirts, polo shirts
and T-shirts, caps and other
accessories adorned with the
tradition-steeped company
logo. The leitmotif and distinguishing characteristic of the
“Heritage” product line are
its logos and lettering, harking
back to Ducati’s legendary history. The sophisticated clothing
and accessories in this line,
produced in the heart of Italy,
reflect the style essence of this
very legend.
Live the legend
This leather jacket has a
striking retro look, with
shoulder and elbow
protectors. Available
both for him and her.
Fits back guard.
Meccanica 11 jacket
Fullface fibreglass
helmet, removable
hypoallergenic lining
and D-ring fastening.
Dark Rider 11 and
Twin 12 helmets
Him: Cotton T-shirt with
print. Graphic Scrambler
Her: In breathable, black
cowhide with an elegant
customised note in the
historical Ducati Meccanica
logo. Also available in
men’s fit. Legend jacket
Cotton T-shirt with print. Graphic Buckle T-shirt
Jersey cap with embroidered logo. Meccanica 11 cap
Piquet cotton polo shirt with patch and embroidery on back. Meccanica 11 polo shirt
Women’s long-sleeved T-shirt in stretch cotton. Meccanica 11 T-shirt
Stretch cotton vest with patch and print. Meccanica 11 singlet
Cotton T-shirt with
print for him.
Graphic Eagle
Cotton and
elasthane trousers
with fluorescent
logo. Also available
for women.
Shadow trousers
Retro-look buckle.
Buckle Eagle 11
For her: merino
wool and acrylic
pullover with vintage patches. Also
available for him.
Pullover Historical
Cotton T-shirt with
print. Graphic Pin
up T-shirt.
A vintage colour
scheme for this
leather jacket
with shoulder
and elbow protectors. Fits back
Eagle jacket
For him and her: the
hooded mixed cotton
Hooded sweatshirt
Meccanica 11
Polo shirt, also available
in black, made of fresh,
lightweight polyamide.
Polo shirt 80´s
Cotton and polyester sweatshirt with hood. Embroidered logos. Panigale hooded sweatshirt
Reversible cap and scarf with embroidery. Meccanica 11 beanie and scarf
Him: Full-zip sweatshirt. Meccanica 11 sweatshirt
Her: Cotton T-shirt with print. Graphic goggles T-shirt
Leather jacket with
stitched patches of
heritage brands. Also
available for women.
Historical jacket
Cotton T-shirt with
applied logos both
for her and him.
Historical T-shirt
No time
to lose
Bright red and featuring perfect precision: the special-edition model
from the Fastrider collection by Ducati and Tudor heralds a new era.
Text Dr. Ralf Konczak
n motor sports, it’s speed alone that counts: the In the same year, 1946, Ducati began producing
sole aim and purpose is to be faster than the the four-stroke auxiliary bicycle motor Cuccompetition. Fractions of a second are all-impor- ciolo, developed by Aldo Farinelli and Aldo
tant, dividing winners from losers. A chrono- Leoni. Back then, nobody could have guessed
graph records the time that has passed with the utmost precision. that this was the birth of one of the most
All this means that stopwatches are an integral part of motor sports. fascinating and resonant brands motorcycle
We are now proud to present a new and very special stopwatch: the racing has ever seen.
Ducati Fastrider chronograph by Tudor, the tradition-steeped Swiss
Hans Wilsdorf wanted to provide customers
sports watchmaker.
with watches that were just as reliable as Rolex
Tudor has been Ducati’s timing partner since June 2011. To mark models, but cost less. This was the idea bethe partnership’s launch, the renowned Swiss sporting watch manu- hind the foundation of Tudor, which was able
facturer presented a model specially developed for Ducati, part of the to establish itself successfully between 1947
Fastrider collection and – of course – in signature Ducati red. The com- and 1952 with models such as the Tudor Oyster
bination of a red watch face with three black stripes and a colour- and the Tudor Oyster Prince. The first advercoordinated fabric wristband makes distinct reference to the design of tising campaigns for the brand emphasised
Tudor watches’ robustness and precision, one
the legendary motorcycles from Borgo Panigale.
For Tudor, partnering with Ducati is a clear signal
heralding the company’s redirection towards a
sportier image. And who could be more ideal as a
Fractions of a second make winners
partner in such an endeavour than Ducati, with its
firm roots in motorcycle racing? In perfect keeping
with this strategy, the Ducati Fastrider is an uncompromisingly sporty watch. The newly developed housing (42 mm in of them waxing lyrical about the Oyster Prince
diameter) is a stunning embodiment of Tudor’s technical expertise and model, which had remained impressively inexperience, promising absolute durability, reliability and precision. tact throughout a motorcycle race covering a
The watch is water resistant to a depth of 150 metres, ensuring its au- hefty 1000 miles. Tudor’s signature features
tomatic movement, with a Tudor Calibro 7753, remains perfectly pro- included water-resistant housing and mechantected at all times. The engraved tachymeter scale on the bezel allows ical movements with self-winding mechathe user to measure speed. A knob positioned at 9 o’clock, with a coat- nisms. In the mid-1960s, the company made
of-arms-shaped, PVD-coated steel surround, provides for quick date the Tudor Prince Submariner for the US Navy,
and 1970 saw the market debut of the still more
The two partnering companies’ stories show startling parallels. In renowned Tudor Oysterdate chronograph.
1926, Antonio Cavalieri Ducati founded the Società Scientifica Radio
Since then, the watches with the characterBrevetti Ducati (S.p.A.) in order to make use of the patents registered istic coat of arms on the face have gone from
to his son Adriano for the production of condensers. This was the same an insiders’ tip with a cult following into a mustyear that saw the registration of the brand The Tudor on behalf of Hans have. Precise and robust, with a sporty spirit
Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex. In 1936, Wilsdorf took on the company and a trendy retro look, Tudor watches have
himself, going on to found the company Montres Tudor SA in Geneva become their own style icons, of which the
Ducati Fastrider is an outstanding example. ___
on 6 March 1946.
Photo: Tudor Germany
It’s your
They’re popular favourites, world champions,
good mates and racetrack rivals: Valentino Rossi
and Nicky Hayden. But how like each other are
the two MotoGP stars on the Ducati team, and in
what ways are they different? Ten tough questions
to learn more about these motorcycling heroes.
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Dream team: Nicky
Hayden and Valentino
Rossi. Both winning
persona-lities adore
receiving the adulation
of the crowds – almost
as much as they love
fast bikes. While Rossi,
from Italy, effortlessly
lives up to his rock star
reputation, US-born
Hayden embodies an
ideal for all team
bosses, quite a lot of
girls and one or two
Valentino Rossi
Nicky Hayden
Date of birth:
16 February 1979
Date of birth:
30 July 1981
Place of birth:
Urbino (Italy)
Place of birth:
182 cm
67 kg
Ducati Desmosedici GP11
Starting number:
“The Doctor”
First GP:
Malaysia, 1996
First GP win:
Czech Republic, 1996
First pole position:
Czech Republic, 1996
World Championship titles:
9 (1 x 125cc, 1 x 250cc,
1 x 500cc, 6 x MotoGP)
Rap or rock?
Sweet or savoury?
Blond or brown?
High heels or flipflops?
Coffee or tea?
Pizza or pasta?
Shower or bath?
Seaside or mountains?
Still or sparkling?
Moon or sun?
flipflops for me… and
high heels for women
that’s a tough one…
ummm… pasta!
seaside AND mountains
Rap or rock?
Sweet or savoury?
Blond or brown?
High heels or flipflops?
Coffee or tea?
Pizza or pasta?
Shower or bath?
Seaside or mountains?
Still or sparkling?
Moon or sun?
one of each!
flipflops during the day
for women, and
high heels at night
(Kentucky, USA)
173 cm
68 kg
Ducati Desmosedici GP11
Starting number:
“Kentucky Kid”
First GP:
Japan, 2003
First GP win:
USA, 2005
First pole position:
USA, 2005
World Championship titles:
1 (MotoGP)
Text Adam Baumgaertner
What does endless transformation mean? Paolo Pirozzi, chairman of
the Naples-based “Ducati Dreams Club”, wanted to find out: during his trip
around the world, he grew to know and love the Multistrada 1200 as a faithful
friend for sports, touring, dashing around in the city, and as an off-roader
perfect for a spot of adventure.
World traveller:
Countless excursions
across the USA’s
west, hairpin bends,
hilly terrain and
rough surfaces make
no odds to the Ducati
Multistrada, the
two-wheel ticket to
an all-inclusive trip
around the world.
ow about taking the Ducati Multistrada all the way
around the world? Endless-seeming journeys in the
American West, powering straight ahead for hours on
end? Days of torturing yourself on hair-raising paths
only pack animals usually venture on; feet upon feet of desert sand;
sweltering heat and icy cold; dirt roads? And then the buzz of Asian
megacities, or saying “buenos dias” to Mexico City, “hello” to London,
“hi” to Los Angeles, “goodbye” to New York and “bonjour” to Paris?
And because all that isn’t enough, what about glorying in the winding
roads of the Alps, surfing Highway No. 1 and taking in diversions to
racing routes? – Impossible? No, and here’s proof: in the course of a
year, Paolo Pirozzi, president of the Ducati club in Naples, took a Multistrada 1200 and went 90,000 kilometres (55,923 miles) around the globe.
The Multistrada’s nonchalant brilliance in coping with such a test of
endurance is simply more proof of its multi-purpose conception’s durability: it’s the best of all motorcycling worlds brought together in a
combination of sheer genius that has produced complementary strengths
rather than half-hearted compromises.
Its directional stability, typical of all Ducatis and
emerging straight from high-speed racing
courses across the globe, is not just perfect –
for instance – for the home strait in Monza, but
also for mile upon mile in the lonely heart of
Siberia. The Multistrada keeps on going straight
ahead, perfectly relaxed, until its rider is simply
grateful for the wind protection offered by the
small windscreen and the comfortable seat.
While in racing, aerodynamics and cleverly designed ergonomics are the all-important decisive factors, in long-distance motorcycling, comfort and ergonomics can make the difference
between getting there and giving up somewhere
along the way.
Heading east, huge trucks weighing tons
thunder at breakneck speed along the endless
roads. It’s a good job that the 150hp, liquid-
cooled twin-cylinder Multistrada not only finds
unexpected resources of power time and again
to speed up past these merciless, grinding
shifting dunes, but also uncomplainingly consumes what passes for fuel out in the endless
expanses of this earth – sometimes pumped
out of barrels. The Multistrada goes stoically
on for mile after mile, impressively, perfectly
and reliably releasing its power and transforming it into speed. The biggest challenges
the Multistrada faces are the continuously deteriorating roads: bumpy passes give way to a
narrow strip of asphalt, pitted with potholes.
But in the end, even this turns out well. For days
on end, the Ducati overcomes sandy country
lanes and dirt roads. Its minimal dry weight,
standing at under 192 kg (422.5 lb), is the reason
it can attack such extremes in the first place. It’s
The Multistrada 1200 treks
on undaunted through the
expanses of the East
a real bone-crusher of an endevour: constant vibrations shake the frame
throughout, all the way to the mounting brackets for the saddlebags;
the ride has to cope with clouds of dust and the terrible load peaks that
slam from the road straight into the engine’s interior.
Ducati is synonymous with explosive power: that’s a integral part of
the legend of L-twin engines with their enormous strength. But without
absolute reliability, even under the cruellest of pressure, a Ducati would
never have become world champion. It’s precisely this intense robust-
Around the world
on two wheels
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ness, which is embedded deep within Ducati’s
genes, that makes a Multistrada able to handle
the most appalling roads and the most difficult
conditions of any journey. Whether it’s the finishing line or the perhaps literally life-saving
oasis in the Gobi desert, Ducatis were built to
get there. Nothing else will do.
After the kamikaze endeavour of road traffic
in India, the swelteringly humid climate of Malaysia and a trip straight through the Australian
Outback, the Multistrada finally arrives in New
York City. What a contrast! And even here, in
the urban jungle, the Ducati shows itself to be
a real warrior: the high seat position gives the
rider an all-round view of the situation at all
times, while the bike’s slim silhouette and
spurting power are perfect for triumphing in the
fight for pole position at traffic lights. And of
course, the Ducati zips through side streets at
whirlwind speed – with one or two short cuts
across the pavement as part of the equation.
A range of riding modes can be used to adapt
the engine’s electronics and the traction control to the current conditions. Now the Multistrada is working in “Urban” mode, with its performance down to 100hp – and the engine
responding with great sensitivity in terms
of fuel consumption, as in “Enduro” mode,
which additionally adjusts the traction control
to off-road riding.
And the final stage of this epic journey? –
Where else but in the Alps? The dozens of
mountain serpentines, seemingly draw across
the mountains at random, are the ideal terrain
for a Ducati Multistrada. Powerful acceleration,
hard braking and the quite simply amazing
beyond every limit.
The Multistrada
1200 S Pikes Peak
Special Edition is
the outcome of our
successful participation in the Pikes
Peak International
Hill Climb Race, and
it represents perfectly Multistrada
racing philosophy.
orld Ducati Week 2010 – The
Ducati event on the Misano racetrack was the starting signal for
the mega-impressive round-theworld trip made by the man whose heart beats to the
rhythm of the Desmodromic. Paolo Pirozzi, chairman of
the Ducati Dreams Club in Naples, headed for the Mediterranean in the seat of a Ducati Multistrada, with Ducati
clubs all over the world eagerly awaiting his arrival. Almost one year and nearly 90,000km (55,923 miles) later,
the multipurpose bike Ducati Multistrada 1200 had carried the Italian Ducati aficionado across several dozen
country borders; the Ducati hero received many warm
welcomes amid frenetic celebrations across the globe.
The intrepid adventurer, who was able to rely on his
Multistrada across deserts, torn-up streets and rough
terrain, would later cite the enthusiasm and support of
international Ducatisti as what had given him the most
powerful and moving impressions during his epic trip.
He added that as the journey wore on, he had come to
particularly appreciate the Multistrada’s comprehensive
safety package and four riding modes.
handling, which makes it possible to steer almost any course, get this
multi-purpose Ducati safely and above all hugely enjoyably across the
mountain range from north to south. In “Sport” mode, the engine revs
up aggressively, slugs fuel, traction control sets in late. And the spring
elements, which have taken the most staggering of blows for almost
100,000km (62,137 miles), have a final opportunity to shine with their
refined precision and outstanding feedback – just as a racing motorcycle should be.
So, for globetrotters and restless wanderers all around the world,
there’s no better compromise than the Multistrada. No, hang on – there
is: the Multistrada S with its additionally electronically tunable suspension might lend an extra bit of spice to the joy of riding a Ducati across
the globe. But we’ll leave that to the next intrepid adventurer to
Multistrada 1200 S Touring
What had previously been considered an impossible combination
has now become reality: four bikes
in one.
An engine with outstanding output
The Testastretta 11° engine has
sporting strength in its DNA.
It’s ideal for long distances, and
it is a pleasure to ride in every
Powerful and safe
Along with its incredible output,
the Multistrada is applauded for
its intelligent electronics and topquality materials. Powerful and determined, it continues on its way.
Type: Testastretta 11°, L-twin cylinder,
Desmodromic distribution
Displacement: 1198 cc
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67,9 mm
Compression Ratio: 11,5 : 1
Power: 150 hp (110 kw) @ 9.250 rpm
Torque: 12,1 Kgm (119 Nm) @ 7.500 rpm
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injections system,
elliptical throttle bodies
Dry weight: 192 kg
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Fibreglass helmet with
removable hypoallergenic
inner lining and D-ring
clasp. Full face helmet
Strada Tour
Waterproof and breathable bike
jacket with Gore-Tex® membrane.
Strada Tour GT jacket
to be first
A winning tradition: the story of Ducati is a tale of legendary motorcycles
and the men who have chosen them for their races. They were riders
of the storm – pioneers who took the name of Ducati around the world.
Text Emmy Muehlhaus
f there was a zero hour in Ducati company history, it struck on 15 February 1947. On this day,
the Cucciolo rider Mario Recchia achieved his
first great victory, causing the name of the
Borgo Panigale-based company to hit the headlines at the speed of light. In the turbulent post-war years, when the
world was settling down into a new order, daily life was characterised
by shortages of everything, even before the drought that descended
on Italy in the summer of 1947. And another hunger
raged too, one no amount of bread could ever have
“Win on
satisfied: people longed for normality, for distraction
from the daily struggles of their lives, for a different
perspective. Recchia, one of the first pioneers, demonstrated with his
successes that even in the most arduous of conditions, people can still
be the best they can and get the best out of the material they use –
with an unflinching will, ambition, initiative and knowledge of what
they’re doing. Recchia was the originator of the winner’s mentality that
has been in the blood of all Ducati riders down the years to today.
It wasn’t long until Ducatisti were internationally renowned. In the
Emilia Romagna region, the local population rewarded their heroes
with a mushrooming interest in motorcycling. Every town held races
on closed-off streets; the biggest crowd-pullers were the long-distance
“Gran Fondo” races and the “Milano-Taranto”, a 24-hour race over a
winding course covering the entire length of the Italian peninsula.
These were exhausting trials of strength which left the last to cross the
line unnoticed, but made immortal heroes of the first. A victory in such
a race was the best advertising a motorcycle manufacturer could wish
for. In perfect accordance with the American motto “Win on Sunday,
sell on Monday”, sporting successes were synonymous with exploding
sales figures. And so the first Golden Age dawned on Ducati: the “Marianna phase” (1955–1957), named after the motorcycle developed by
Fabio Taglioni, by the end of which production
in Borgo Panigale had experienced an undreamed-of boom. Along with Taglioni’s innovation, the Desmodromic valve control system
characterised by reliability and durability alike,
Ducati owed its great popularity above all –
of course – to its riders: record-breakers such
as Mario Carini or Santo Ciceri, winners like
Sunday, sell on Monday”
Gianni Degli Antoni or Giuliano Maoggi, the
fighter Francesco Villa and, last but definitely
not least, Franco Farné, whose story is a piece
of Ducati’s history. It was one of his victories
that won Ducati a place in the world championship in 1958. This was the year that saw the
end of the “Gran Fondo” races, which were
banned after a large number of serious accidents. Triumphs such as that achieved at the
Monza Grand Prix, which saw Ducati take the
first five places in 1958, once more opened the
gate to the top flight of motorcycle manufacturers – but just for a short time: not even the
great enthusiasm of the Ducatisti was able to
There can only be one winner: Giuliano Maoggi,
wearing the number 266, bristling with determination at the 1956 Motogiro. His Marianna 125cc carried him across the finishing line in triumph. The
dazzling victory pulled off by the rider, known as the
“Italian Duke” for his racing style, is almost certainly
what saved Ducati from having to close down.
Kings of the bends: Bruno Spaggiari on the 500 GP,
ahead of Giacomo Agostini, on the Pesaro course in
1971. The small image on the left shows Fabio Taglioni,
the engineer who helped Ducati get ahead and put
victory within the grasp of riders such as Franco Farné,
shown here in 1958 in Busto Arsizio (right).
Twin-cylinder, bevel drive, Desmodromic technology –
the 500 GP was the mother of all Ducati sporting motorcycles
A winning personality: Propelled by willpower, ambition,
initiative and skill to match,
Giovanni Degli Antoni crosses
the finishing line victorious at
the third Motogiro in 1955.
Neck and neck: In 1972,
Paul Smart triumphed in
the 200 Miles of Imola
with the help of his unmistakable riding style –
ahead of the second
Ducati rider, Bruno Spaggiari, who was likewise
on the move with a
750 SS “Imola Desmo”.
Fotocredit: Ducati Archive
Multiple World champion:
In 1978, Mike Hailwood,
who had actually retired
from racing won the Isle of
Man TT race astride a production derived 900 SS.
prevent the company’s management announcing, as it did in 1959, its
official withdrawal from international competitive racing. The company’s nationalisation ushered in what was known as a period of rationality, which was to last for a decade. Once again, the importance of
the initiative shown by riders such as Massimo Variati, Sergio Baroncini or Bruno Spaggiari to the Ducati brand became apparent. Although
Ducati made little official use of them, they took their passion for Desmo
to all corners of the globe.
The wake-up call came at the beginning of the 1970s: twin cylinders,
a bevel drive, Desmodromics – in 1971, the impassioned technician
Fabio Taglioni outdid himself once again with the development of the
new 500 GP and, almost at the same time, the 750 GT as the street
version, the mother of all sport Ducati. The extremely short period of
only four months between the first sketch of his L-twin engine (with
cylinders set at 90°) and the finished prototype was due among other
things to the love of racing among the company’s top management at
the time, who gave Taglioni their full backing.
In October 1970, the decision to re-enter competitive racing had been made. The plan provided for the construction of half-litre GP motorcycles for the 1971 Italian championships,
which would also serve as advertising for the
street version of the 750. Nevertheless, Gilberto
Parlotti was the only rider who won a race on
the 500 GP. A year later, the famous “200-mile
race”, which usually commenced in the US,
took place in Imola, Italy, for the first time. Taglioni marked the occasion by constructing an
altered version of the 750 GT: the 750 SS “Imola
Desmo”. This new motorcycle had a potential
which Ducati riders Bruno Spaggiari and Paul
Smart were only too keen to exploit. The race
Mike Hailwood’s sensational victory on the Isle
of Man astounded the world
in Imola on 23 April 1972, which has entered into the annals of legend,
saw the two go head to head in a highly emotional race which Smart
won by a whisker.
For Ducati, the double victory at Imola kicked off an era in which the
Borgo Panigale factory began to regain its former stature. Its engineers
reached the next level in 1975, bringing the 750 SS together with the
860 engine in a perfect symbiosis. The 900 SS carried on where its
predecessors had left off in 1974, finding its defining driver in 1978 at
the World Championhsip on the Isle of Man in the extraordinary Mike
Hailwood™. Although he had retired from active racing, Hailwood™
allowed himself to be persuaded to take part in the race with a pro-
duction derived twin-cylinder 900 SS, in other
words, with a motorcycle that hadn’t been developed specially for the racing, but rather
adapted for this purpose. This motorcycle faced
a formidable opponent in Phil Read and his specially produced 4-cylinder Honda. Hailwood™’s
sensational victory astonished the world. As the
first Ducati rider to bring the Isle of Man title to
Bologna, he became the key player in one of
motor sport’s outstanding moments. Now,
Ducati was motorcycling’s non plus ultra.
Photo Heiko Simayer
The “Company” line stands
for sporty fashion, trimmed
down to the essentials and
creating a synthesis of functionality, comfort and trendsetting technologies. With its
clear lines in black and white,
and restrained use of red
providing elegant emphasis,
the collection unites the safety of technical clothing with
height-of-fashion design. True
to the maxim “less is more”,
red thus becomes an unmistakable symbol of elegance
and quality. The unfussy,
purist look that dominates
in the “Company” collection
underlines the pleasure of
having, or being, something
special, the pleasure of
Ducati: sophisticated technology, unique designs,
comfort and style for people
who know what they want.
Company cult
Him and her:
Waterproof fabric
jacket with protectors and aluminium inserts.
Diavel tech jacket
Stylish dark buckle in
carbon fiber. Carbon
fibre buckle
Fibreglass helmet
with removable lining
and D-ring fastening.
Diavel-X full face
Made of perforated Cordura mesh fabric
with leather inserts. Complete with
CE approved composite protection on
the shoulders and elbows.
Motard Summer jacket
This hypoallergenic metal frame was created using 3D design. It has scratch and
impact resistant Plutonite® lenses for UV
protection. The three-point fit means that
the lenses maintain their precise optical
allignment all day long. Oakley X-Metal®
Leather motorcycle
jacket, fits back guard
and chest guard.
Desmo jacket
Well ventilated short
fabric-leather gloves
Flow gloves
Him: cotton and polyester
full-zip sweatshirt.
Company 11 sweatshirt
Her: cotton polo
shirt with raised stripes.
Ducatiana polo shirt
Fabric belt with enamel
buckle. Company belt
Cotton cap. Also available
in black. Company cap
The jet-set helmet is practical
and lightweight with a simple
yet eye-catching open face design. It is in carbon glass and
it has a spherical scratchproof
visor with sun visor included.
Jet-set open-face helmet
Ultra-light sunglasses thanks
to the metal frame with antiUV Plutonite® lenses.
Plantiff® sunglasses
Fabric key ring in carbon fibre.
Ducati Corse 12 key ring
Ball pen in carbon fibre.
Company ball pen
Him and her: hi-tech cowhide
leather jacket with composite
protectors. Fits the G2 back
guard. Twin jacket
Fullface fibreglass helmet,
removable anallergic lining and
D-ring fastening. Full-face
helmet Dark Rider 11
Well ventilated short fabric
gloves. Twin gloves
Him and her: Jacket with protectors and Gore-Tex® membrane. Strada Tech GT jacket
Touring trousers with thermal line, membrane and protectors. Strada GT trousers
Fibreglass helmet with thermoformed visor and D-ring fastening. Dart full-face helmet
Waterproof motorcycle jacket in breathable material and Gore-Tex® membrane.
Strada Tour GT jacket
Cotton T-shirt with print. Graphic Fighter T-shirt (red), Graphic Diavel T-shirt (white)
Her: The Company polo is the perfect top for all occasions. Company 12 polo shirt
Full-face fibreglass helmet, removable hypoallergenic lining and D-ring fastening. Strada Tour full-face helmet
Leather jacket with soft cowhide with removable protectors. This garment also fits back guard and
chest protector. Diavel Tech leather jacket
Cotton T-shirt with print. Graphic Diavel T-shirt
Cotton T-shirt with print. Graphic butterfly T-shirt
Him and her: Realized with structured Polyester fully perforated fabric, it includes integrated composite
protection on the shoulders and elbows and it fits G2 back protector. Total safety and style. Flow 12 jacket
Fibreglass helmet with thermoformed visor and D-ring fastening. Dart full-face helmet
125 GranSport
Leather jacket with
padding, laser-cut
logo and quilting.
Black jacket
This simply cotton
T-shirt is available in
differents colours
red, black and white.
Ducatiana T-shirt
Distinguished by an
aged effect print and
exposed stitching for
a colour contrast, the
T-shirt is available in
different colours.
100% cotton.
Billboard T-shirt
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scrive la storia con la sua passione.
Per firmare nuove emozioni,
per sottolineare la tradizione,
per evidenziare i valori.
La tradizione motociclistica di Ducati
e la sua propensione alla vittoria
accettano una sfida inedita
all’insegna dell’alta qualità italiana,
con una grande attenzione al design
e una cura ineccepibile dei particolari.
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si colora di rosso per aggiungere
nuove pagine di emozioni
ad una storia tutta da raccontare
e tramandare.
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La passione scrive la storia
The icon
From self-made racer to World Champion: how Ducati turned
Australian Superbike rider Troy Bayliss into a modern legend.
Text Nicole Hille-Priebe
roy Bayliss is a once-in-a-generation genius in
the world of motorcycling, a man who has become a legend in his own lifetime and who has
been treated like a rock star. His story is one of
nerve, determination, passion and sometimes a
healthy share of good luck. It’s the story of a man who didn’t just want
to dream – he wanted to live as well. And it’s the story of Ducati, whose
creations give riders of Troy’s stature the chance to win a place in history. These people are machine whisperers. They understand their motorcycles as if they were living, breathing beings. They are experts who
know how to call on the reserves hidden within themselves and their
motorcycles. They are the heroes of the racetrack, always ahead of the
rest. With high-octane fuel coursing through their veins, they are the
record-breaking racers who do Ducati proud.
Born in Australia in 1969, Troy was inducted into the Valhalla of
riders in 2006, the year when he not only won the World Superbike
title for Ducati for the second time but also stood on the top of the
winners’ stand after the last race of the MotoGP season in Valencia.
With his teammate Loris Capirossi, who took silver, this was the day
that Troy gave Ducati the first double victory in this class. The fact that
Troy was also in the line-up for MotoGP was typical for his career, a
career that reached its high point in the 2006 season. That year, he had
a string of twelve sensational wins on his 999 F06 in the Superbike
World Championship. Also taking second place three times and third
once, he was the undisputed World Champion at the end of the season.
In 2006, things had looked a bit bleak for the Bologna-based factory
team in the MotoGP championship. A replacement driver was urgently
needed to take over for the injured Sete
Gibernau. Ducati contacted Troy and got him
to swop the beach for the MotoGP box – and
the rest is history, as they say. Troy had previously shown how to make the most of a good
opportunity. As a wildcard rider, he had
stunned the racing world by twice coming in
fifth place in the 1997 Superbike World Championship in Phillip Island, a feat which attracted
Ducati’s attention. In 1999, his first year as an
official Ducati rider, he won the British Superbike title. He was scheduled to follow up this
achievement by taking part in the US Superbike championship in 2000, but after Carl Fogarty had a serious accident during the fourth
race of the championship season, Troy got his
place on the factory team. Troy was finally allowed to take part in the fifth racing weekend
at Monza, where he wrote his own piece of
motorsport history by passing the four riders
in front of him in a single, astounding manoeuvre to take the lead. Even today, he is still
unable to explain how he managed this. “I
don’t know what I was thinking at the time, but
that’s when everything started.” At the next
race on the Hockenheimring in Germany, the
31-year-old won his first race on his Ducati 996.
The motorcycle whisperer: Three-times Superbike
world champion Troy Bayliss has left his mark on
motorcycle racing with his unmistakable style.
Photo: Sven Cichowicz
him. “But it definitely did me good. It was a great help for keeping my
clear winner of both rounds and set a new lap
feet on the ground. When you can have your wife and children with you,
record both times. All in all, he won 52 races in
it means that the most important people in your life are with you from
this class, had a place on the winners’ stand 94
the very start. It was asking a lot of them, but it was all worth it.” All the
times, started in pole position 26 times and rode
same, Troy had to promise Kim that he would one day give up racing.
the fastest lap 35 times. Measured by his startsThat day finally came in 2007. When Troy announced that he would be
to-wins ratio, no other rider in history, with the
exception of Ben Spies, has ever been as sucretiring at the end of the 2008 season, it’s likely that some Ducati fans felt
cessful as Troy Bayliss.
like the world had ended. But Troy had one more thing to do before he
It’s every racer’s dream to retire at the peak
stepped down – he wanted to win his third Superbike World Championof their success. However, Troy discovered that
ship title. In 2008, his last season for the Ducati factory team, he rode a
hanging up his racing helmet is easier said
brand new 1098 F08, the first motorcycle in the entire history of the Suthan done: “Every day, I think about taking part
perbike World Championship to be equipped with a 1200cc V2 engine.
And the Australian “Godfather of
Speed” wasn’t about to let his fans
The last victorious race in Portugal
down. During the very first race in
Qatar, he moved into first place on
in another race. I miss the triumph of winning.
the overall ranking, and not once during the entire season did he relinThis passion will always remain part of me,
quish this position. His last race in Portugal was the scene of his triumjust like Ducati.”
phant World Championship finale – starting in pole position, he was the
Photo: Karl Neilson
“I still think about racing again every single day.
I miss the feeling of triumph that comes with winning”
Another victory came at Brands Hatch in the UK, and
by end of the season, he was in the top three in nine
different races and came in sixth place overall though
he had only been able to take part in 18 out of 26 races.
In just ten years, the self-made rider from Australia had
worked his way up the rankings to become an international Superbike star.
Troy’s career is even more remarkable when you look
at how late he came to racing. As a young boy at school,
he took part in motorcycle rallies, but he lost interest again later.
He bought his first motorcycle with money he earned from his job as a
spraypainter, and he took it with him when he took part in the Australian
Grand Prix, where he wanted to party with friends. “At night,
I competed against crazies in dragster races, I acted like a complete fool.
That’s when I made the decision to become a racer.” As a no-name
without any sponsor, this was a very ambitious plan, but there was no
way back for him now. His urge to take part in races was stronger than
what other people would call plain good sense. His first years on the
track, when he worked at
spraypainting when he wasn’t
being a racer, left a deep imprint. “Me and my wife Kim
were always at the racetrack,
but my motorcycle didn’t
even work most of the time –
we were totally clueless.
Then, when Monday came
round, I was back at work. Today we often talk
about how we got through that period. You just
can imagine what it was like.”
Part of the secret of Troy’s success is the fact
that he has a rock-solid home life. In 1993,
he married the girl he fell in love with as a
teenager, and he and Kim had three children
together. Juggling a professional career and
life as a normal dad was another challenge for
Photo: Racepixs
Typical of Troy: Bayliss
throws his helmet into
the crowd for sheer joy
after the race in Assen
in 2008. The Australianborn champion triumphed in both races,
effortlessly extending
the gap between himself
and his World Championship competitors.
Mister Superbike:
Bayliss won a total of
52 races in this class,
was on the winners’
podium 94 times,
started in pole position 26 times and
clocked the fastest
lap 35 times.
Photo Thorsten Doerk
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