• Spectacular frozen lake conclusion to Wrooom 2013

    Madonna di Campiglio (Italy) – Today the 23rd edition of the Wrooom Press Ski Meeting at Madonna di Campiglio drew to a close with the traditional ski and kart races reserved for F1 drivers and MotoGP riders, which provided an exciting and enjoyable evening for the spectators present in the famous ski resort in the heart of the Trentino Dolomites.

    Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team unveil their bikes

    Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team unveil their bikes

    Photo by: Ducati Corse

    To celebrate this edition of Wrooom and as a mark of gratitude and recognition for the Dolomites range of mountains, Ducati decided to create a special livery of the Multistrada 1200, by using the “Pikes Peak” sports model as a basis and transforming it into an exclusive and attractive “Dolomites’ Peak” version.

    The bike was unveiled by the Ducati Team riders shortly before the ski race, 2100 metres up the mountain, with a spectacular view of the Dolomites as a backdrop, and the sun, blue sky and lots of snow making the atmosphere even more fascinating than usual.

    The bike will remain a unique, one-off version, even though the interest that the gorgeous livery aroused far exceeded expectations.

    Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Marlboro Team

    Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Marlboro Team

    Photo by: Ducati Corse

    The snowboard downhill race was dominated by Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian demonstrating his ability on the snow, and he finished ahead of his team manager Vittoriano Guareschi.

    Paolo Ciabatti, the new Ducati MotoGP Project Director, finished a good fifth place in the ski race, which was won by Giancarlo Fisichella.

    In the evening the attention turned to Madonna di Campiglio’s frozen lake for an exciting end to the Wrooom 2013 week.

    Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone faced off against the Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Marc Gene, Giancarlo Fisichella and Luca Badoer.

    At the chequered flag the all-F1 podium saw Alonso take the win from Fisichella and Massa, while Dovizioso (fourth), Hayden (fifth) and Iannone (seventh) all had good races and contributed to the spectacle.

    With the conclusion of the Wroom 2013 Press Ski Meeting, the Ducati Team and the Pramac Racing Team now prepare to start testing for the 2013 MotoGP season, at Sepang in February and Jerez de la Frontera in March, followed by the opening round of the championship in Qatar on April 7.

    Ducati Team

    Special thanks to:
    motorsport.com

  • Ben Spies’new Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP13 unveiled

    Bologna (Italy) – Last September Corse announced that Ben Spies
    had been signed to race for the Pramac Racing Team in the 2013 MotoGP World
    Championship. Last night, the American’s Ducati Desmosedici GP13 was officially unveiled
    at Wrooom 2013, the traditional Press Ski Meeting in Madonna di Campiglio that
    symbolically launches the forthcoming MotoGP season.

    Ducati Desmosedici GP13

    Ducati Desmosedici GP13

    Photo by: Ducati Corse

    Ducati has a long relationship with Pramac Team Principal Paolo Campinoti, whose squad
    is now factory-supported. Under the guidance of Team Manager Francesco Guidotti, Pramac
    Racing will play a key role in the development of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13, and Ben
    Spies’ experience and talent will be essential to the project. In addition to being a
    winner and six-time podium finisher in MotoGP, the Texan won the 2009 Superbike World
    Championship and is a three-time AMA Superbike Champion.

    Spies’ Ignite Pramac Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP13 prominently features the logo
    of new sponsor Ignite Asset Management, a New York-based, alternative-asset-management
    firm led by a group of hedge-fund industry veterans and supported by private investors
    with a passion for motorsports.

    Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse MotoGP Project Director) “We’re very pleased with the
    agreement we’ve reached with Ignite Pramac Racing Team for 2013, which has the Francesco
    Guidotti-run team taking on factory-supported status, with an even closer link to
    Ducati’s racing department. This is also demonstrated with the presence for the first
    time of Pramac Racing Team at Wrooom, the fantastic event taking place in Madonna di
    Campiglio. We’re very confident that Ben Spies will be able to use his talents to help
    us with the development of the bike and to achieve the results we’re after more quickly,
    and we thank the sponsor Ignite Asset Management for its support on this project.”

    Francesco Guidotti (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Manager) “Pramac Racing Team is
    honoured to welcome Ben Spies, who has enormous talent and a spectacular riding style.
    We’re expecting a big challenge, but thanks to the important support of sponsor Ignite
    Asset Management and our new status as a Ducati factory-supported team, we are sure we
    will live up to expectations. With Ben, we’ll endeavour to speed up the development
    process on the bike to achieve our objectives as soon as possible. We’re
    enthusiastically looking forward to the 2013 season.”

    Ben Spies (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Rider) “I am excited to be a part of the
    Ducati family. This is something I’ve wanted from the beginning of my racing career. My
    team and I have our work cut out for us and new goals to meet, but we’ll benefit from
    factory support and Audi coming on board. Ducati has four strong riders with different
    styles, which should improve the Desmosedici and bring it back up to the top where it
    belongs.”

    Audi Ducati Team

    Special thanks to:
    motorsport.com

  • Ben Spies’ new Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP13 unveiled

    Bologna (Italy) – Last September Corse announced that Ben Spies
    had been signed to race for the Pramac Racing Team in the 2013 MotoGP World
    Championship. Last night, the American’s Ducati Desmosedici GP13 was officially unveiled
    at Wrooom 2013, the traditional Press Ski Meeting in Madonna di Campiglio that
    symbolically launches the forthcoming MotoGP season.

    Ducati Desmosedici GP13

    Ducati Desmosedici GP13

    Photo by: Ducati Corse

    Ducati has a long relationship with Pramac Team Principal Paolo Campinoti, whose squad
    is now factory-supported. Under the guidance of Team Manager Francesco Guidotti, Pramac
    Racing will play a key role in the development of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13, and Ben
    Spies’ experience and talent will be essential to the project. In addition to being a
    winner and six-time podium finisher in MotoGP, the Texan won the 2009 Superbike World
    Championship and is a three-time AMA Superbike Champion.

    Spies’ Ignite Pramac Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP13 prominently features the logo
    of new sponsor Ignite Asset Management, a New York-based, alternative-asset-management
    firm led by a group of hedge-fund industry veterans and supported by private investors
    with a passion for motorsports.

    Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse MotoGP Project Director) “We’re very pleased with the
    agreement we’ve reached with Ignite Pramac Racing Team for 2013, which has the Francesco
    Guidotti-run team taking on factory-supported status, with an even closer link to
    Ducati’s racing department. This is also demonstrated with the presence for the first
    time of Pramac Racing Team at Wrooom, the fantastic event taking place in Madonna di
    Campiglio. We’re very confident that Ben Spies will be able to use his talents to help
    us with the development of the bike and to achieve the results we’re after more quickly,
    and we thank the sponsor Ignite Asset Management for its support on this project.”

    Francesco Guidotti (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Manager) “Pramac Racing Team is
    honoured to welcome Ben Spies, who has enormous talent and a spectacular riding style.
    We’re expecting a big challenge, but thanks to the important support of sponsor Ignite
    Asset Management and our new status as a Ducati factory-supported team, we are sure we
    will live up to expectations. With Ben, we’ll endeavour to speed up the development
    process on the bike to achieve our objectives as soon as possible. We’re
    enthusiastically looking forward to the 2013 season.”

    Ben Spies (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Rider) “I am excited to be a part of the
    Ducati family. This is something I’ve wanted from the beginning of my racing career. My
    team and I have our work cut out for us and new goals to meet, but we’ll benefit from
    factory support and Audi coming on board. Ducati has four strong riders with different
    styles, which should improve the Desmosedici and bring it back up to the top where it
    belongs.”

    Audi Ducati Team

    Special thanks to:
    motorsport.com

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