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Ducati Ventures Into Motocross with Nine-Time Champion Antonio Cairoli

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Ducati’s motocross project has been two years in the making.

Ducati is entering the world of motocross, marking a historic milestone for the Italian brand.

The brand from Borgo Panigale is set to debut in the Italian Motocross Championship next season, a project two years in the making. Nine-time Motocross World Champion, Antonio Cairoli, joins as a high-performance test rider to contribute his valuable insights.

The plan encompasses the development of a comprehensive range of off-road engines and motorcycles, gradually expanding Ducati’s footprint in the off-road arena. This endeavour represents a significant strategic choice for Ducati, reflecting their remarkable results in recent years.

The focus of the Ducati off-road project is on extremely lightweight design, top-tier components, and engines with a broad power delivery curve achieved through the use of the Desmodromic system. Ducati seeks to offer high-performance off-road products to passionate customers, much like they have in the world of asphalt.

This venture not only opens new possibilities for Ducati but also provides an opportunity for a new generation of motorcyclists to be part of the Ducati community.

Antonio Cairoli expressed his pride in contributing to this all-Italian project. “I am extremely happy to become part of the universe of Ducati, which has always been a symbol of Italian spirit throughout the world, and to begin this exciting new adventure, in an all-Italian project. Being able to make my contribution to the development of the Borgo Panigale motocross bike is a dream come true and a source of great pride for me,” Cairoli said.

Ducati has also signed a multi-year agreement with Maddii Racing, one of the most experienced teams in the motocross paddock, which will be the reference structure for the MX racing activities and will take part in the 2024 Italian Motocross Championship with Alessandro Lupino, eight-time Italian Champion and 2021 MXoN winner, also contracted to Ducati as racing and test rider.

Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, concluded, saying: ”I am proud to announce Ducati’s entry into Motocross. A totally new world for Ducati in which we want to bring our talent in designing lightweight motorcycles, with excellent components and high performance and – above all – which can excite more and more motorcyclists. Just as we believe that the track is the best laboratory to develop and test the bikes that will then be available to customers and enthusiasts. This is why we have decided to cooperate with an undisputed champion like Tony Cairoli who, together with the passion and dedication of many of us here in Borgo Panigale, will contribute to making Ducati in off-road as capable in offering very high-performance products to its passionate customers as we have proven on the asphalt. The project is possible thanks to the company’s excellent results in recent years and confirms our desire to extend our presence into new worlds, speak to new motorcyclists and therefore grow the Ducati Community.”

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