Andrea Dovizioso, who currently sits in fourth place overall in the MotoGP championship standings, will join Nicky Hayden on the team. The pair will face next season together, working on development of the Desmosedici and the MotoGP project for the championship in which Ducati has played an important role since 2003.
Valentino Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 & 2005 and again in 2008 & 2009. He won 46 Grand Prix races with Yamaha over a 7-year period before leaving at the end of the 2010 MotoGP season.
Rossi, who is presently 8th in the Championship standings, will partner Jorge Lorenzo who currently leads the 2012 MotoGP World Championship by 23 points, having taken five victories from the first ten completed races of the 18 race series.
Grand Prix racing numbers
75 – Stefan Bradl has scored 75 points from the first nine races since moving up to the MotoGP class – this is already the highest number of points scored in a single season by a German rider in MotoGP. The record was held by Alex Hofmann who scored 65 points in the 2007 season.
33 years – On race-day at the US Grand Prix it will be exactly 33 years to the day that Randy Mamola finished second at the 1979 Finnish Grand Prix at Imatra to become the youngest-ever rider to finish on the podium in the premier-class. The record of 19 years and 260 days still stands to this day.
With this press release Gabriele Del Torchio, President and CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, officially confirmed the Audi-Ducati acquisition.
The transaction, as reported in the releases, is subject to approval by the competent antitrust authorities and should take place in the coming months.
I am confident that the Audi Group will allow Ducati to continue strengthening its position in markets around the world. The announcement confirms the positive reinforcement of Ducati made in 2006 under the control of the Investindustrial Group.
An epic moment for the Panigale and Ismael Bonilla, who entered in the history of Ducati after winning the very first race of the 1199 Panigale.
Albacete, Sunday March 4, 2012. Ismael Bonilla and EMS Competicion have been on top of the podium after winning the inaugural race of the Castellano-Manchego Championship achieving the first official victory for the new Ducati 1199 Panigale
The brand new bike arrived with no time to work on any upgrade. With just a Ducati Performance exhaust and the race fairings, Ismael Bonilla went on track for the first time with the Panigale on saturday morning, the first qualification practice.