666 Ducati Diavel Diesel Models To Be Built

The Ducati Diavel Diesel is a limited edition model being produced as a collaboration by the two Italian firms. A total of 666 motorcycles will be produced as a result, featuring what the press releases calls ‘a hyperkinteic dynamism of a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic world’. Sounds fancy.

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel

To go with the release of the Ducati Diavel Diesel is a small collection of clothing to match from Diesel. On the way in April with the limited edition, will be a leather jacket, two T-shirts and a pair of Jogg Jeans. Which might be why the new bike was actually unveiled at Milan Men’s Fashion Week before heading to the Motor Bike Expo.

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel and Clothing

Ducati Diavel Diesel Design:

So it’s obvious that a motorcycle worked on by Ducati and an Italian clothing brand would need to look good. And the Diavel starts off with a hand-brushed stainless steel superstructure with visible welding and rivets. That approach is kept for the fuel tank cover, front cowl and passenger saddle cover.

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel Tank Cover

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel Tank Cover

And the saddle itself looks rather lovely, made of real leather, and with a pyramid of three Ds to stand for Ducati, Diesel and Diavel. The mix of leather and visibile steel has that feel of vintage aeroplanes or ships. It’s definitely my favourite part of the bike.

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel Saddle and Passenger Cowl

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel Saddle and Passenger Cowl

The black anodised lateral air intakes also ave visible welding, and have intake covers in red methacrylate (or bendy plastic as it’s also known). And some Diesel logos on the inside.

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel Intake Cover

2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel Intake Cover

There’s a red theme with the LCD dashboard matching the Brembo front brake calipers and even the chain features five red links.

But the exhaust goes for classic black Zircotec ceramic coating, with black silencers. Both the exhausts end cans and rear-view mirrors are machined from a solid block. You also get a black front mudguard with the DDD pyramid logo on it.

To show it’s a limited edition, the Ducati Diavel Diesel comes with a numbered plate on the frame. And buyers will be happy to know they get a bike cover and rear stand included in the price – but will have to wait to pick up a matching Diesel T-shirt.

Mechanically it’s a standard Ducati Diavel, with a 162hp Testastretta engine, with the Ducati Safety Pack (ABS and Traction Control). Which is the point where some people may have lost interest – but as a purely cosmetic limited edition, the Ducati Diavel Diesel has some nice touches to enjoy or possibly emulate.

There’s no word on price, but we’re sure your local Ducati dealer can find out for you before the bike is released in April. And if you can’t stretch that far, you can always buy a T-shirt instead…

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Ducati Grew Motorcycle Sales In 2016

Claudio Domenicali will be a happy CEO, as Ducati grew motorcycle sales in 2016. The total for the year was 55,451 motorcycles delivered. That’s up 1.2% on 2015, which meant 642 extra bikes. “Ending the year of our 90th anniversary with yet another record is a source of immense pride and satisfaction”, commented Domenicali. “2016 was the seventh consecutive growth year for Ducati, clearly confirming the soundness of the Bologna-based group’s strategy and skills.”

The growth came from a mix of existing and new models. Sales of the Multistrada range were up 16%, the renewed HyperMotards were up 15%, and apparently 5,200 of the new Ducati XDiavel were also delivered.

Ducati Multistrada 950

2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

The Ducati Scrambler brand gained both the new Scrambler Sixty2 and 15,500 bikes shifted.

In terms of location, America was the biggest market for Ducati, with customers receiving 8,787 bikes. Following up is Italy, which saw 20% growth, and Germany up 8%. There were also big gaines in Spain (+38%), China (+120%), Brazil (+36%) and Argentina (+219%).

2017 Ducati XDiavel S

2017 Ducati XDiavel S

For 2017, Ducati will launch seven new bikes, including the Ducati Multistrada 950, SuperSport and 1299 Superleggera. The Monster range will see the new 797 and 1200, while the Scrambler brand gets the Cafe Racer and Desert Sled. For stats fans, Ducati currently employs 1,594 people, has a network of 783 sales and assistance centres and operates in 90 countries.

Ducati Motor Holdings Factory in Bologna

Ducati Motor Holdings Factory in Bologna

What isn’t clear yet is how price rises in the UK will affect sales. Since January 1st, Ducati has raised prices by an average of 4.8% due to the devaluing of the pound following the EU Referendum, which means, for example, the Ducati Monster 821 has gone from £9,150 to £9,595. The increases haven’t been applied evenly though, as the HyperMotard 939 only increased by £300, and the Ducati Panigale R actually stays the same price.

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Important podium for Iannone at CoTA

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Andrea Iannone claimed his first podium of 2016 at the Circuit of the Americas last weekend, and it couldn’t have come at a better time on the back of four consecutive DNF’s. 

After the drama of Argentina seven days earlier, Iannone would’ve been hoping for a quiet race in Texas and that’s exactly what he got, finishing five seconds behind second place Jorge Lorenzo and seven seconds ahead of Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales. 

Iannone started the Grand Prix of the Americas from seventh place, serving his three position penalty for causing the crash in Termas de Rio last week, however this week he was the beneficiary of more misfortune to his team-mate. This time it was Dani Pedrosa, ironically the man who was promoted into third position after Iannone’s suicide move last week, who smashing into the side of Dovizioso this week, promoting Iannone to third place. 

With Jorge Lorenzo expected to officially announce his move to Ducati next time out in Jerez, Iannone knew it was important to finally get some points on the board in Austin. 

“It was really important for me to finish on the podium today, but more than anything else to finish this race with a good result,” said Iannone. I was sorry I was demoted one row on the grid and in addition, at the start, I made contact with Dani and Aleix and lost a few places.”

Iannone was happy with the race pace of his Desmosedici, suggesting he believes he could’ve challenged Lorenzo for second place had he not started from the third row of the grid. 

“In the race however I was very constant and always lapped with a good pace, very close to Jorge’s, and if I had started well, maybe I could even have fought it out for second place,” he said.

“In any case I am pleased with the way the GP went and I’d like to dedicate this podium to Ducati and to all the team because I made them suffer in the first two races and I hope that this result repays them for the commitment and the work that they are doing for me.”

 

Iannone expecting Lorenzo to join Ducati

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Factory Ducati rider Andrea Iannone has said he fully expects Jorge Lorenzo to join him at Ducati next season. 

Reports last week suggested Lorenzo was very close to signing a deal to partner Iannone in the Factory Ducati garage next season. Lorenzo’s manager Albert Valera flew over from Europe, with speculation to finalise a deal, with rumours of a verbal agreement already in place.

When asked about his future on Thursday, Lorenzo refused to deny the rumours, instead just reiterating his comments from Argentina that nothing has been signed.

If, and when Lorenzo signs his contract with Ducati, it is widely expected that he will partner Andrea Iannone. Iannone finished ahead of Dovizioso in the World Championship last season. Despite a tough start to the 2016 season – which included taking both himself and his team-mate out of a net second and third position in the final corner in Argentina – Iannone is widely expected to be retained for 2017.

Iannone has said that he doesn’t know if anything has been signed between Ducati and Lorenzo, but that he fully expects the Spaniard to be a Factory Ducati rider next season.

“For me, Jorge will come to Ducati. I don’t know whether he has signed or not, but to me, he is coming to Ducati,” the Italian said whilst speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca.

If he does end up partnering Lorenzo next season, Iannone said he would be very happy as his riding style would benefit from any changes Lorenzo would bring, something that he doesn’t currently benefit from with Dovizioso.

“If he comes and I’m at Ducati with him, I think it would be a very good team because we have very similar riding styles, something that has never happened with Dovizioso. Andrea has a very different style to mine and, therefore, often to get a good set-up or to pursue an opening we take different paths,” explained ‘the Maniac’.

“Instead, to have a person who rides similar to you, it would definitely help you a lot. He is a stronger rider than I am. He has done better than me over the years, so maybe I can learn some things from him.

“So this is very positive for me. But all this is ‘yes,’ ‘if,’ ‘if,’ we don’t know. If so, I’ll be happy.”

Lorenzo is expected to make a decision on his future at his home round of Jerez in two weeks time. 

 

Jorge Lorenzo closing in on Ducati switch

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MYMm_0579_T03_Lorenzo_2016 (1)MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo looks set to leave Yamaha at the end of the 2016 MotoGP season and move to Ducati.

The reports coming from Spain have intensified in the past week, with Marca, AS and Mediaset reporting that the deal between Lorenzo and Ducati is 99% complete, with a verbal agreement in place. 

The missing 1% could also get completed this weekend, with Lorenzo’s manager Albert Valera, who wasn’t in Argentina has flown to Austin with talks ramping up, suggesting both Lorenzo and Ducati are ready to get the deal completed before the paddock head back to Europe. 

Whilst both the Spanish media, and sources GPxtra have spoken to have stressed that nothing has been signed yet, the sheer presence of Valera would suggest that Ducati talks are progressing. 

Ducati haven’t been shy in admitting they have an interest in Lorenzo and have done for many years, however it was Giacomo Agostini who revealed that Ducati had offered the three-time MotoGP World Champion a “super offer” from Ducati on the table. Whilst no figure can be agreed upon, it is thought to be anywhere between twelve to eighteen million euros a season. 

Whilst Lorenzo and Yamaha haven’t fallen out of love with each other, Lorenzo is thought to still a little disillusioned with how Yamaha have treated both him and Rossi. Lorenzo wanted to know he was Yamaha’s number one rider, and whether that was in a financial sense or a promotional one, he hasn’t felt it. Conversely Yamaha have signed a deal with Rossi for suppling bikes to “the Ranch” and in the off-season signed a deal with the VR46 clothing company, too. 

The decision to move to Ducati for Lorenzo isn’t just a financial one. Lorenzo has been impressed with the huge progress Ducati have made in recent seasons under the stewardship of Gigi Dall’Igna. Dall’Igna has turned the Desmosedici into a genuine podium challenging bike and in the right hands, maybe more. Lorenzo also has a strong relationship with Dall’Igna from their days in 250’s. Dall’Igna was then overseeing the Aprilia operation that saw the Spaniard claim back-to-back 250cc World Championships in 2006 and 2007. 

Should Lorenzo sign on the dotted line and end his nine-year relationship with Yamaha, they will waste little time in targeting Maverick Viñales to replace the World Champion.

Viñales has been a revelation in 2016, building on an impressive rookie season, “Mack” has shown himself to be a genuine superstar in just pre-season testing and the first two rounds of 2016. Viñales’ contract situation with Suzuki is slightly less straightforward, with the Spaniard having the option to opt-out of his contract prior to it’s third and final year, although with certain clauses to be acknowledged. 

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