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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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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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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The Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini

As both Italian companies are ultimately owned by the Volkswagen group, it’s not surprising to see the new limited edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini unveiled. A couple of years ago we saw the Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini inspired by the Sian FKP 37 hypercar and the founding date of the Italian supercar company. And now comes the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini, built on the technical base of the 2023 Panigale V4 S.

The Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini and the Huracan STOThe special carbon fibre additions to the bodywork are all inspired by the Huracan STO supercar
The special carbon fibre additions to the bodywork are all inspired by the Huracan STO supercar

In both cases, you’ll get the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine putting out 208 horesepower, and with a dry clutch. It’s uses as a stressed element in the almunium front frame, with bodywork redesigned with inspiration from the Huracan STO. So you get details like a mudguard inspired by the integrated air vents on the car, and extractors on the belly pan to follow the design of the cooling intakes on the rear brakes of the Huracan. The supercar bonnest has also inspired the extractors on the single-seat tail unit, while the front bumper vents are echoed on the tank of the motorcycle, and all of it comes in carbon using the same texture as you’d see on a Lamborghini.

Extras include a dry clutch, Akrapovic silencer, Brembo brakes and Ohlins semi-active suspension
Extras include a dry clutch, Akrapovic silencer, Brembo brakes and Ohlins semi-active suspension

But you also get a host of other trick components including adjustable rider foot pegs and lightened brake and cluch levevers in billet aluminium from a collaboration with Rizoma. And you also get carbon heel guards, saddle pad, dashboard cover, ignition switch cover and sprocket protection. And carbon fibre also appears for the heat protection, headlight support, rear mudgard and the rear subframe guards.

As you’d expect, some top brands have been tapped up for parts including the Akrapovic titanium exhaust silencer with carbon fibre end cap, the Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension, and the Brembo brakes with Stylema calipers and 330mm discs. You also get a selection of bits to help prepare for track days including an open carbon fibre cover for the dry clutch and caps for removing the numberplate and mirrors, along with the racing fuel cap.

All of this means you get a kerb weight of 197.5kg for the new limited edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini. All the normal 630 examples will be created in a Verde Citrea/Arancio Dac colour combination to match a Huracan STO with Arancio Dac Brembo wings and brake calpiers, and black Ohlins stays and fork legs. But if you’re a Lamborghini Huracan STO owner, you can order a bike with the body, wheels, brake calipers and saddle details to match your car as closely as possible.

And if you really want to co-ordinate your look, there’s also a matching limited edition helmet, along with learthers and a jacket. Plus, along with the numbered metal plate on the central tank cover, you’ll also get a special animation on the TFT dashboard when you turn on the ignition.

The Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini Helmet
The Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini motorcycle leathers

Obviously, the new Limited Edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini isn’t going to be cheap. But considering the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini was apparently sold out in just a few days, and ten times as many Streetfighter V4s are being produced, obviously it’s a decent source of revenue for the firm. Which hopefully gets ploughed into their more affordable bikes, along with the high end numbered collectables.

Deliveries of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini begin in April 2023. While you’re waiting, why not check out all our coverage of new, custom and classic Ducati motorcycles. Or see if any of the Ducati Streetfighter V4s currently advertised on eBay will tide you over until next year.

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‘New’ Ducati Supermono Goes Up For Auction

Here’s a bike you won’t see offered for sale very often, as a ‘new’ Ducati Supermono goes up for auction at the H&H Classics bike sale at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday, 20th July, 2022. It’s been built from new old stock, and the replica/continuation has been built by supermono expert Alistair Wager.

The Ducati Supermono has styling designed by Pierre Terblanche and other parts created by Claudio Domenicalli and Massimo Bordi, including the 550cc four stroke desmodromic single cylinder engine which used a dummy connecting rod to act like a second piston and create a balance similar to a V-twin more usually identified with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer.

Designed to compete in the Sound of Singles class and also featured as a supporting series for World Superbikes from 1994 until 1997, just 40 bikes were built in 1993, with a larger 572cc engine being used for a futher run of 27 constructed in 1995. Built for handling and a light weight, carbon fibre bodywork and parts were complimented by magnesium for the case covers, chain adjustment covers and triple clamps.

This 'new' Ducati Supermono goes up for auction in July 2022Allen Millyard 1976 Kawasaki KH500 “KH Five”, along with a hose of classics including Vincent Black Shadows and Rapides, a 1975 MV Agusta America, a 1973 Triumph X75 Hurricane, and the unusual 2017 Avinton Collector GT, along with a lot of other more affordable bikes, including many with no reserve price (for example, a 1994 MZ Skorpian Sports or a 1993 Ducati 900SS). You can see everything on offer on the H&H Classics site, here, along with bidding details and information if you want to attend.

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