Ducati 2023 MotoGP and WorldSBK Teams Launched

After winning both championships in 2022, the Ducati 2023 MotoGP and WorldSBK teams launched at a joint event in the Alps this week. It was a chance to see the unveiling of the bikes, liveries and riders who will be competing in both series this year.

The Ducati Lenovo Desmosedici GP bikes will be ridden by reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia, and new team-mate Enea Bastianini, who finished third in 2022 riding for the Gresini Racing team. It’s Bagnaia’s third season riding for the team, and will also mark 20 years since the Italian factory debuted in the premier class in 2003.

Ducati 2023 MotoGP and WorldSBK Teams LaunchedThe 2023 Ducati Desmosedici GP bikes
The 2023 Ducati Desmosedici GP bikes

Alongside the MotoGP machines, the Aruba.it Racing Ducati team were also unveiled with the Panigale V4 R of Alvaro Bautista wearing the number 1 plate. Baustista is once again partnered by Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #19)
“We have a new challenge ahead of us. After a fantastic season in which we won with Ducati in both Superbike and MotoGP, 2023 will inevitably be a difficult year. Racing with the number 1, in fact, means that our objective can only be one: to win. We’ll have a lot of pressure but at the same time we’ll have to keep calm, try to work with high concentration but also with serenity. We’ll have a new bike and even if it won’t be extremely different from the 2022 one, the work that we’ll be able to do before the first race is crucial: we have to fix all the details that will allow us to get the best performance.
I’d also like to address a thought to all the Ducatistas: I’m very proud of all our fans who followed us last season, and I hope that with the result we’ve achieved, in 2023 there will be even more of them supporting us at circuits all over the world. I am a Ducatista and I feel lucky to be able to defend the colours of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team”.

Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #21)
“I start this new adventure with great enthusiasm. Together with my team we have always made progress in the last two years, managing to improve our results. As a team we won the three titles last season and this means that the package is very strong. During the winter, we have analyzed the points we have to focus on, in order to improve and to be competitive for the title race. I have worked a lot over the last few weeks and I will continue to do so with great dedication as I want to  always be able to express my maximum potential. There will be a lot of new things, also on the bike, so I can’t wait to get started. I want to thank Aruba and Ducati for the opportunity to ride this beautiful Panigale V4 R and be part of such an ambitious team”.

Ducati 2023 MotoGP and WorldSBK Teams Launched, including the Aruba.it squad of Bautista and Rinaldi
The 2023 Aruba.it WorldSBK team of Bautista and Rinaldi

With both Ducati teams fielding the reigning world champions, it’s set to be an interesting season for the Italian motorcycle firm.

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BMW Motorrad Managed Record Sales In 2022

I must be the only person who didn’t buy a new motorcycle last year, as BMW Motorrad managed record sales in 2022. Following similar news from Ducati, it seems the global market for motorcycles and scooters has defied some of the issues impacting other industries.

BMW Motorrad will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company in 2023, so they’ll be starting the year in a good mood. In 2022, the German manufacturer shipped 202,895 motorcycles and scooters, which was an increase of 4.4% on 2021.

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Ducati Begins Building The 2023 MotoE Bikes

With first testing scheduled for March 6-8th 2023 in Jerez, Ducati begins building the 2023 MotoE bikes which will race in the world championship this season. Production started in December 2022, following a year of testing by riders Chaz Davies, Alex De Angelis and Michele Pirro.

The end result is the Ducati V21L prototypes, which will contest the 2023 FIM Enel MotoE World Championship. A total of 23 motorcycles will be finished by mid-February, with 18 race machines and five spares. And the construction process follows the same processes as used on the MotoGP machines created by the Italian manufacturer.

Ducati Begins Building The 2023 MotoE BikesIt's the first season for Ducati to supply the MotoE championship in 2023
It’s the first season for Ducati to supply the MotoE championship in 2023

The 2023 FIM Enal MotoE World Championship Calendar

  • May 13: French Grand Prix
  • June 11: Italian Grand Prix
  • June 18: German Grand Prix
  • June 25: Dutch Grand Prix
  • August 5: British Grand Prix
  • August 20: Austrian Grand Prix
  • September 2: Catalan Grand Prix
  • September 10: San Marino Grand Prix

Whatever your views on electric motorcycles, it’s going to be an unavoidable part of road and racing for the foreseeable future. So it makes sense that Ducati want to be involved at the highest level, and build their experience.

“The start of production of the Ducati MotoE is a historic moment for our company, which with this project is thoroughly studying the technologies of the future for the world of motorcycling. It is an important area of experimentation, in which we are investing to build know-how, so that we will be ready when battery technology should allow the creation of an exciting electric road bike with the weight, performance and range that enthusiasts expect from a Ducati. We are therefore embarking on this new adventure with the aim of developing the people and skills within the company to shape what the character of a future Ducati electric road bike might be.” revealed Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO.

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Limited Edition Vespa 946 For The Year Of The Rabbit

If you like special scooters, then you might want to keep some money aside for the next 12 years, beginning with a limited edition Vespa 946 for the year of the rabbit in 2023.

The Vespa 946 10° Anniversario is being produced in a limited and numbers series of 1000 scooters, and is the first of a new annual edition which will be inspired by the animals of the lunar horoscope. Derived from the Chinese zodiac signs, you may suspect this is an attempt to boost sales in China.

The new Limited Edition Vespa 946 for the year of the rabbit in 2023
The new Limited Edition Vespa 946 for the year of the rabbit in 2023

Further details are due to be released, but you get a refined burnished finish with warm reflections, and a double-upholstered saddle with burnished stitching. The 946 has been the basis of previous special editions, including the Christian Dior scooter, since the model launched in 2013. And generally, the changes are mainly cosmetic, meaning you’ll still get a standard 125cc four-stroke single aircooled engine, clad in retro-inspired bodywork offering 11.7hp.

The year of the rabbit Vespa 946 is the first in a planned series of 12 annual special editions
The year of the rabbit Vespa 946 is the first in a planned series of 12 annual special editions

Other features of the 946 include both ABS and ASR electronic traction control, 12 inch wheels, dual disc brakes, LED lights, and a full LCD dash. And even if you’re not particularly interested in lunar horoscopes, it’ll also work for fans of rabbits in general. Or if you’re building a collection of slightly unusual Vespa scooters.

It's a good choice if you're a fan of rabbits...
It’s a good choice if you’re a fan of rabbits…

Check out our other Vespa news and coverage, including previous special editions, here. And there’s always a huge range of modern and classic Vespas to browse on eBay if you have a hankering for a scooter. Including new and used Vespa 946 models starting from around £5,699.


Ducati Achieved Record Sales In 2022

Lots of companies might want to learn from the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, as despite continuing global disruption, Ducati achieved record sales in 2022.

The Bologna company passed 60,000 bikes per year for the first time in the history of the firm, delivering a total of 61,562 motorcycles around the world. Which was growth of 3.6% on 2021, with Italy remaining the main market for the brand, demanding 9,785 models in 2022. The United States fell slightly due to logistical and shipping problems, but still saw 8,441 bikes delivered, followed by Germany as the third largest market.

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