Fans will probably be missing one of the most popular teams in the World Superbike Championships for 2011. This came about as Ducati announced last August 27th that they would not be fielding a factory team for next season’s races.
According to the statement released by Ducati, the reason they are pulling out of the superbike championships is because they want to focus more on technology development for their products. They also added that, in order to further develop the latest iteration of Ducati’s bikes, they will have to pull out the resources used to manage the factory team and divert them to the company’s research and development department.
In the statement, Ducati President Gabriele Del Torchio also thanked riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio for their participation in the team. Both Haga and Fabrizio had been with the team for almost two years.
However, according to some Superbike observers, there are still several other reasons for the Italian motorcycle maker’s pullout from the competition.
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The Ducati Xerox Team is more than satisfied with the way the weekend has begun at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, with Bayliss and Fabrizio registering the second and third fastest times in this afternoon’s first qualifying session. Rain showers earlier this morning meant that both riders had to cope with less than optimum grip on the track but this did not seem to deter them and an improvement in the weather conditions throughout the day allowed for some improvements regarding the (...)
Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) have landed in Australia and are ready for another great weekend of racing after making such a strong start last week in Qatar. Having secured a victory and a second place finish last year at the Island, Bayliss, who has announced he will retire after the 2008 World Superbike season, is keen to repeat that success at his home track again this year in front of a large crowd of spectators. Bayliss heads into this second round leading the (...)
Both Ducati Xerox Team riders Bayliss and Fabrizio took part in today’s closely fought Superpole to take seventh and tenth place respectively on the grid for tomorrow’s races. Another positive qualifying session this morning was followed by Superpole in which Bayliss failed to match the lap times he had recorded earlier. Team-mate Fabrizio improved on his best qualifying time but a competitive field and decisions regarding tyre usage meant that unfortunately neither rider was able to secure a (...)
During the official presentation of the Ducati 1098 R, which took place this week at the Spanish track in Jerez de la Frontera, the Ducati Xerox Team have unveiled the new livery of the Ducati 1098 F08 that will participate in the World Superbike Championship.
The new 1098 F08 is directly derived from the 1098 R and has been developed as a result of the new World Superbike regulations that allow for both 1200cc two-cylinder machines and 1000cc four-cylinders to line up on the grid together (...)
Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner put in a faultless display in front of 141,000 fans at Brno today, winning the Czech Grand Prix to extend his World Championship advantage to 60 points. Team-mate Loris Capirossi came in sixth after an entertaining tussle with several other riders.
It was another perfect weekend for the awesome Australian who dominated both days of practice, secured pole position and then led from start to finish, leaving his rivals floundering in his wake and (...)
Casey Stoner, the current leader of the Championship, took the pole position ahead of the two Repsol Honda motorcycles.
The Ducati Marlboro Team rider overtook the Honda motorcycle driven by Nicky Hayden with 0.280 seconds. Dani Pedrosa, Hayden’s team mate followed them closely finishing on the 3rd place.
John Hopkins, had been one of the few riders to get close to Casey Stoner in the practice session, but the Suzuki rider wasn’t so lucky in the qualifying session, finishing on the 4th (...)
When a rider from Ducati Xerox team steps on a podium to receive the cup and to celebrate another win on the track, it’s a special day nut just for him but for the whole team. Behind him there are those who build and prepare his bike, and ensure that he’s equipped to perform at the top level: the engineers and support staff.
And here it is: a video about the heroes behind the Champion, a short film of Ducati engineers building a bike. (...)
The 25 years old Casey Stoner won the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.He dominated the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix race at Laguna Seca from start to finish on Sunday to take his sixth win of the year.
Stoner passed the finish line with an advantage of almost 10 seconds ahead of his compatriot Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki).Vermeulen was followed by Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) who had a superb race, from the 10th place to the 3rd.
John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki) and Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) hadn’t (...)