Ducati Corse

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Ducati Corse
Founded 1954
Headquarters Bologna, Italy
Key people General Manager: Luigi Dall'Igna
Sporting Director: Paolo Ciabatti
Parent Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A
Website Ducati Corse

Ducati Corse is the racing team division of Ducati that deals with the firm's involvement in motorcycle racing. It is directed by Claudio Domenicali and is based inside Bologna, in quartiere Borgo Panigale. More than one hundred people work in Ducati Corse (almost 10 percent of the Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. workforce).[1] Ducati Corse currently competes in MotoGP, the Superbike World Championship and other national championships. Between 1998 and 2004 the racing division existed as a subsidiary company named Ducati Corse S.r.l. and fully owned by Ducati Motor Holding.[2]

Organization[edit]

The company is split into four departments.

Technical research and development[edit]

Technical research and development is composed of two teams responsible for the design and development of the motorcycles that compete in the MotoGP and Superbike championships.

Sporting activities[edit]

The sporting activities department is responsible for the factory teams that take part in the MotoGP and Superbike championships.

Commercial activities[edit]

The commercial activities department is responsible for providing private teams with motorcycles and spare parts. It also provides consultancy services and technical assistance to Ducati privateers take part in the Superbike World Championship and in national Superbike championships. From 2004 Ducati Corse also supports a satellite team in MotoGP, supplying bikes and technical support.

Marketing and communication[edit]

The marketing and communication department's goal is to increase and manage the Ducati brand image in racing. It is also responsible for Ducati Corse official merchandising line.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing (MotoGP)[edit]

Ducati MotoGP
2014 name Ducati Team
Base Italy Bologna, Italy
Principal Luigi dall'Igna,
General Manager
Paolo Ciabatti,
Project Director
Rider(s) 4 Andrea Dovizioso
35 Cal Crutchlow
Motorcycle Ducati Desmosedici GP14
Tyres Bridgestone
Riders' Championships 1
2007 Casey Stoner

When the MotoGP technical rules changed in the 2002 season, giving priority to four-stroke machinery, Ducati decided to enter Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

Ducati's MotoGP motorcycle was unveiled at the 2002 Italian GP at Mugello, for use in the 2003 MotoGP championship. Ducati began taking part in the MotoGP Championship in the 2003 season and won one title in the 2007 season. Ducati has collected 31 wins: 23 by Casey Stoner, 7 by Loris Capirossi and 1 by Troy Bayliss.

Marlboro has been the title sponsor since 2003, although its name does not currently appear on the team's motorcycle. This comes at a time when advertising of tobacco sponsorship has become illegal in the European Union and other major teams have withdrawn from relationships with tobacco companies, for example Yamaha have ended their five year relationship with Fortuna/Gauloises.

2003[edit]

Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss competed in all rounds of the 2003 MotoGP championship. Loris Capirossi, got a podium in the opening round of the championship in Japan and won the GP Catalunya in Barcelona. Capirossi finished fourth in the final championship standings and Bayliss sixth; while Ducati finished second overall in the Manufacturers’ standings.

2004[edit]

A large part of the 2004 season went by before the bike became competitive, but the season concluded with both riders on the podium.

2005[edit]

In the 2005 season, Bayliss was replaced by the Spanish rider Carlos Checa and Ducati switched tyres suppliers to Bridgestone. Capirossi took two wins in the Grand Prix of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi and in the Malaysian GP at Sepang, while Checa scored a brace of podium finishes

2006[edit]

Spanish rider Sete Gibernau replaced Checa for the 2006 season. The team took its first win of 2006 in the opening GP at Jerez de la Frontera, followed by a podium in Qatar. Capirossi led the championship for a short while, but at the start of the Grand prix de Catalunya at Barcelona, Capirossi's bike collided with Gibernau's. Both riders ended up injured and in hospital, with Gibernau sustaining a broken collar bone. Capirossi struggled at the Dutch TT race a week later, while Gibernau was replaced by German Alex Hofmann for this race, the British Grand Prix, and also the Czech Grand Prix after undergoing additional surgery. With Gibernau also sidelined for the final round of the season at Valencia, Ducati recalled Bayliss, who was recently crowned Superbike World champion. The race was won by Bayliss, his first MotoGP victory, with Capirossi taking second place for the first Ducati 1-2 finish.

2007[edit]

Engine displacement was reduced to 800 cc for the 2007 season. Ducati started development of its 800 cc motorcycle extremely early, and according to Ducati's racing chief Filippo Preziosi, by August 2006, Ducati had already built twenty 800 cc engines with various specifications.[3] Loris Capirossi was joined in the team by Casey Stoner. During the most part of the 2007 season, Stoner dominated the field, obtaining his and the team's first MotoGP World Championship in the circuit of Motegi, Japan, on September 23, 2007, four races before the end of the season.

At the end of season, Ducati's chief engineer Alan Jenkins was awarded the Sir Jackie Stewart Award for brilliance throughout the season.[4]

2008[edit]

Casey Stoner remained with the team and was partnered with Marco Melandri from the 2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Marco had a difficult time adapting to the GP-8's performance. Ducati and Melandri mutually agreed to shorten his two year contract to one year midway through the 2008 MotoGP season.

2009[edit]

Again, Casey Stoner remains with the team while Nicky Hayden became Stoner's new teammate on the factory Carbon Fibre chassis Ducati GP9, replacing Marco Melandri who moves to Kawasaki for the 2009 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Halfway through the season Finnish rookie Mika Kallio was given the chance to compete for the team for 3 grands prix, due to Stoner being unavailable for those grands prix as he worked to recover from his illness.

2010[edit]

Once again Casey Stoner joins with Nicky Hayden for 2010 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.

2011[edit]

On 9 July 2010, Casey Stoner announced that he would join Honda Racing Corporation for the 2011 season, after four years at Ducati.[5]

On 15 August 2010, after the MotoGP Brno race, Valentino Rossi confirmed he would be riding for Ducati Corse, signing a two year deal to start with the 2011 season.[6][7]

2012[edit]

Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden remained with Ducati Corse for the 2012 season.

2013[edit]

Nicky Hayden remained with Ducati Corse for the 2013 season on a one-year contract.[8] He was joined by Andrea Dovizioso.[9]

2014[edit]

Andrea Dovizioso remains with Ducati for the 2014 season. He is joined by former team-mate Cal Crutchlow.[10]

Grand Prix motorcycle results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Season Class Team Machine No Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Drivers Points Man. Points
2003 Moto GP Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici 4 Australia Troy Bayliss JPN
5
RSA
4
SPA
3
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
10
NED
9
GBR
5
GER
3
CZE
3
POR
6
BRA
10
PAC
Ret
MAL
9
AUS
Ret
VAL
7
6th 128 2nd 225
65 Italy Loris Capirossi JPN
3
RSA
Ret
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
2
CAT
1
NED
6
GBR
4
GER
4
CZE
Ret
POR
3
BRA
6
PAC
8
MAL
6
AUS
2
VAL
3
4th 177
2004 Moto GP Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici 12 Australia Troy Bayliss RSA
14
SPA
Ret
FRA
8
ITA
4
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
BRA
Ret
GER
Ret
GBR
5
CZE
Ret
POR
8
JPN
Ret
QAT
Ret
MAL
10
AUS
9
VAL
3
14th 71 3rd 169
65 Italy Loris Capirossi RSA
6
SPA
12
FRA
10
ITA
8
CAT
10
NED
8
BRA
4
GER
Ret
GBR
7
CZE
5
POR
7
JPN
Ret
QAT
Ret
MAL
6
AUS
3
VAL
9
9th 117
2005 Moto GP Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici 7 Spain Carlos Checa SPA
10
POR
5
CHN
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
5
CAT
11
NED
9
USA
Ret
GBR
5
GER
Ret
CZE
8
JPN
4
MAL
3
QAT
6
AUS
3
TUR
5
VAL
4
9th 138 3rd 202
23 Japan Shinichi Itoh ESP POR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED USA GBR GER CZE JPN MAL QAT AUS TUR
DSQ
VAL - 0
65 Italy Loris Capirossi SPA
13
POR
9
CHN
12
FRA
7
ITA
3
CAT
12
NED
10
USA
10
GBR
6
GER
9
CZE
2
JPN
1
MAL
1
QAT
10
AUS TUR VAL
7
6th 157
2006 Moto GP Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici 15 Spain Sete Gibernau SPA
Ret
QAT
4
TUR
11
CHN
9
FRA
8
ITA
5
CAT
Ret
NED
Inj
GBR
Inj
GER
8
USA
10
CZE
Inj
MAL
5
AUS
4
JPN
4
POR
Ret
VAL
Inj
95 13th 3rd 248
65 Italy Loris Capirossi SPA
1
QAT
3
TUR
6
CHN
8
FRA
2
ITA
2
CAT
Ret
NED
15
GBR
9
GER
5
USA
8
CZE
1
MAL
2
AUS
7
JPN
1
POR
12
VAL
2
3rd 229
66 Germany Alex Hofmann SPA QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED
12
GBR
13
GER USA CZE
16
MAL AUS JPN POR VAL 17th* 30*
12 Australia Troy Bayliss SPA QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER USA CZE MAL AUS JPN POR VAL
1
19th 25
2007 Moto GP Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici 27 Australia Casey Stoner QAT
1
SPA
5
TUR
1
CHN
1
FRA
3
ITA
4
CAT
1
GBR
1
NED
2
GER
5
USA
1
CZE
1
RSM
1
POR
3
JPN
6
AUS
1
MAL
1
VAL
2
1st 367 1st 394
65 Italy Loris Capirossi QAT
Ret
SPA
12
TUR
3
CHN
6
FRA
8
ITA
7
CAT
6
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
2
USA
Ret
CZE
6
RSM
5
POR
9
JPN
1
AUS
2
MAL
11
VAL
5
7th 166
2008 Moto GP Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici 1 Australia Casey Stoner QAT
1
SPA
11
POR
6
CHN
3
FRA
16
ITA
2
CAT
3
GBR
1
NED
1
GER
1
USA
2
CZE
Ret
RSM
Ret
IND
4
JPN
2
AUS
1
MAL
6
VAL
1
2nd 280 2nd 321
33 Italy Marco Melandri QAT
11
SPA
12
POR
13
CHN
5
FRA
15
ITA
Ret
CAT
11
GBR
16
NED
13
GER
Ret
USA
16
CZE
7
SMR
9
IND
19
JPN
13
AUS
16
MAL
16
VAL
16
17th 51
2009 Moto GP Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici 27 Australia Casey Stoner QAT
1
JPN
4
SPA
3
FRA
5
ITA
1
CAT
3
NED
3
USA
4
GER
4
GBR
14
CZE IND RSM POR
2
AUS
1
MAL
1
VAL
DNS
4th 220 3rd 229
69 United States Nicky Hayden QAT
12
JPN
Ret
SPA
15
FRA
12
ITA
12
CAT
10
NED
8
USA
5
GER
8
GBR
15
CZE
6
IND
3
RSM
Ret
POR
8
AUS
15
MAL
5
VAL
5
13th 104
36 Finland Mika Kallio QAT JPN SPA FRA ITA CAT NED USA GER GBR CZE
Ret
IND
8
RSM
7
POR AUS MAL VAL 20th 9
2010 Moto GP Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici 27 Australia Casey Stoner QAT
Ret
SPA
5
FRA
Ret
ITA
4
GBR
5
NED
3
CAT
3
GER
3
USA
2
CZE
3
IND
Ret
RSM
5
ARA
1
JPN
1
MAL
Ret
AUS
1
POR
Ret
VAL
2
4th 225 3rd 286
69 United States Nicky Hayden QAT
4
SPA
4
FRA
4
ITA
Ret
GBR
4
NED
7
CAT
8
GER
7
USA
5
CZE
6
IND
6
RSM
Ret
ARA
3
JPN
12
MAL
6
AUS
4
POR
5
VAL
Ret
7th 163
2011 Moto GP Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici 46 Italy Valentino Rossi QAT
7
SPA
5
POR
5
FRA
3
CAT
5
GBR
6
NED
4
ITA
6
GER
9
USA
6
CZE
6
IND
10
RSM
7
ARA
10
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
MAL
C
VAL
Ret
7th 139 3rd 180
69 United States Nicky Hayden QAT
9
SPA
3
POR
9
FRA
7
CAT
8
GBR
4
NED
5
ITA
10
GER
8
USA
7
CZE
7
IND
14
RSM
Ret
ARA
7
JPN
7
AUS
7
MAL
C
VAL
Ret
8th 132
2012 Moto GP Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici 46 Italy Valentino Rossi QAT
10
SPA
9
POR
7
FRA
2
CAT
7
GBR
9
NED
13
GER
6
ITA
5
USA
Ret
IND
7
CZE
7
RSM
2
ARA
8
JPN
7
MAL
5
AUS
7
VAL
10
6th 163 3rd 192
69 United States Nicky Hayden QAT
6
SPA
8
POR
11
FRA
6
CAT
9
GBR
7
NED
6
GER
10
ITA
7
USA
6
IND
DNS
CZE RSM
7
ARA
Ret
JPN
8
MAL
4
AUS
8
VAL
Ret
9th 122
2013 Moto GP Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici 04 Italy Andrea Dovizioso QAT
7
AME
7
SPA
8
FRA
4
ITA
5
CAT
7
NED
10
GER
7
USA
9
IND
10
CZE
7
GBR
Ret
RSM
8
ARA
8
MAL
8
AUS
9
JPN
10
VAL
9
8th 140 3rd 155
69 United States Nicky Hayden QAT
8
AME
9
SPA
7
FRA
5
ITA
6
CAT
Ret
NED
11
GER
9
USA
8
IND
9
CZE
8
GBR
8
RSM
9
ARA
9
MAL
Ret
AUS
7
JPN
9
VAL
8
9th 126
Ducati Test Team 51 Italy Michele Pirro QAT AME SPA
11
FRA ITA
7
CAT NED GER USA IND CZE GBR RSM ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL
10
13th 56

Superbike World Championship (SBK)[edit]

Ducati Superbike
2014 name Ducati Superbike Team
Base Italy Bologna, Italy
Team principal/s Ernesto Marinelli,
Project Director
Serafino Foti,
Team Manager
Race riders 7 Chaz Davies
34 Davide Giugliano
Motorcycle Ducati 1199 Panigale R
Tyres Pirelli
Riders' Championships 13
1990 Raymond Roche
1991, 1992 Doug Polen
1994, 1995 Carl Fogarty
1996 Troy Corser
1998, 1999 Carl Fogarty
2001 Troy Bayliss
2003 Neil Hodgson
2004 James Toseland
2006, 2008 Troy Bayliss

Ducati has been taking part in the Superbike World Championship since it began in 1988 until 2010 and came back in 2014. Using 1000 cc V-twin engines Ducati was able to dominate the championship for many years. From 1994 to 1999 Carl Fogarty won the title 4 times on Ducatis. Australian Troy Corser won the 1996 title on a factory-spec Ducati fielded by austrian team Promotor Racing. In 2001 Troy Bayliss won the first of his three titles.

In 2003, the recent rule changes in MotoGP to allow 4-stroke engines meant that the Japanese manufacturers had focused their resources there, leaving the Superbike World Championship with limited factory involvement.[11] Ducati Corse entered the only 2 Ducati 999s in the field, taking 20 wins from 24 races in a season where all races were won by Ducati. Neil Hodgson won the title on a Factory Ducati, with the team finishing the season with 600 points, a record point score by a constructor in a season. 2004 was a similar story, James Toseland winning the title although Ten Kate Honda's Chris Vermeulen prevented a Ducati clean-sweep.

2006 saw the return of Bayliss to the Superbike World Championship after 3 years in MotoGP. The combination of Bayliss and Ducati proved unstoppable and they dominated the season winning 12 races.

In 2007, Troy Bayliss finished fourth riding once again a Ducati 999. Even though production of the 999 ended in 2006 and the bike was replaced by the Ducati 1098, Ducati produced 150 limited edition 999s to satisfy homologation requirements.

For 2008, Ducati raced a homologated version of the 1098R. The FIM, the sanctioning body for the Superbike World Championship, has raised the displacement limit for 2 cylinder engines to 1,200 cc.[12] Bayliss won his 3rd world champion on 1098 in 2008. Bayliss retired at the end of the 2008 season, after ten years in which he had raced a Ducati every year except 2005 (in which he raced a Sito Pons Honda in MotoGP).

2009 saw Noriyuki Haga, who replaced Bayliss, partnered with Michel Fabrizio.[13] Haga had the fantastic season on Ducati and only losing the championship by 6 points. In end, Haga ended the season as second while Fabrizio as third in overall championship standing.

Once again, 2010 began with Noriyuki Haga partnering with Michel Fabrizio for Ducati in SBK.

On 27 August 2010, it was announced that Ducati SBK will no longer compete with a factory team in 2011, after 23 seasons which had brought the marque a total of 29 riders' and manufacturers' championship titles, instead limiting their participation to privateer teams running their works bikes.[14]

During 2011-12 Ducati gave factory support to Althea Racing privateer team, winning the 2011 title with Carlos Checa. Having parted from Althea at the end of 2012, for 2013 Ducati supported Francis Batta's Alstare Racing team introducing the new 1199 Panigale R in the world championship.

On 15 November 2013, it was announced that Ducati will be joining back in SBK as Ducati Superbike Team.[15]

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