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21st November 2007Ducati UK announce new model prices
 

After the successful unveiling of three new models at the recent Milan Show; Ducati UK has announced the retail prices for the 848, 1098R and Monster 696.

These three new models will be making their UK debuts at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show in Birmingham, and it will be the 848 that will create most immediate public interest as it hits UK showrooms before the show ends on the 1st December.

The 848 will be available in White and the traditional Ducati Red at an on the road price of £9,500. The baby brother of the 1098 is a middleweight Superbike that can claim some impressive figures – 168kg and 134hp, which equates to being 20kg lighter and 30% more powerful than its predecessor. This impressive new addition to the Superbike family will be available in dealerships from the 1st December when Ducati dealers across the country will be holding a Ducati 848 weekend. Visitors to the stores may have the chance to ride a bike that is expected to become the same sales phenomena as the 1098.

Joining the 848 in the Superbike stable is the new 1098R - the homologation special that will be raced in 2008 by the likes of Troy Bayliss, Michel Fabrizio, Shane Byrne and Leon Camier in World and British Superbikes respectively. The 1098R is the lightest and most powerful twin-cylinder bike of all time and with 180hp, a torque value of 13.7kgm and a weight of 165kg, the numbers speak for themselves. Also the ‘R’ comes with DTC (Ducati Traction Control) system which is fitted to a production bike for the first time ever. The 1098R is expected to be available from the end of February and will have an on the road price of £24,000.

Finally and arguably the most important bike to be announced is the new Monster 696. The 696 is the next generation Monster and is the most advanced evolution of this iconic bike since its inception 15 years ago. Although more muscular looking and with an increase in horse power - up 9% to 80hp, the 696 is no more intimidating thanks to improved ergonomics. A comfortable narrow seat ensures sure- footed confidence and a shorter stretch to the bars empowers the rider to manoeuvre the bike with ease through traffic, whilst maintaining its sporting traditions on country roads. The Monster 696 is available in April 2008 priced at £5,500 on the road.

For more information or to find your nearest authorised dealer please visit www.ducatiuk.com or call 0845 1222 996

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15th November 2007World champion Ducati team makes official visit to italian president Giorgio Napolitano and premier Romano Prodi
 

Rome, 15 November 2007 – The Ducati MotoGP team, which wrote an amazing chapter in motorcycle racing history on September 23 by bringing back the world title to Italy for the first time in 33 years, was received at 12.30 today in the Quirinal Palace by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, accompanied by Minister of Economic Development Pier Luigi Bersani, and then at 5 pm in Palazzo Chigi, by Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.

The delegation of around 40 people representing the Borgo Panigale company was headed by Gabriele del Torchio, (CEO Ducati Motor Holding), together with Claudio Domenicali (CEO Ducati Corse and Ducati Motor Director General of Product), Filippo Preziosi (Director General Ducati Corse), Livio Suppo (Ducati MotoGP Project Leader) and some of the MotoGP team, including the newly-crowned world champion Casey Stoner. As well as team and management, the delegation also included a representative of the Board and the company trade unions.

Ducati and President Napolitano had already met once before, on March 16 of this year, when the Head of State paid a visit to the Italian company, which has become a symbol of Italian talent, technology and design in the motorcycle world. Remembering the episode, the President sent his greetings to the entire Bologna factory workforce, underlining how Ducati is bringing honour to Italian industry, Italy and sport in general. President Napolitano was also shown the Desmosedici GP7 in its ‘tricolore’ livery, the bike that took part in the final round of the championship recently at Valencia, as well as the 1098 ‘tricolore’ that he had already seen in Bologna back in March. In congratulating Ducati for the success achieved this year, Premier Romano Prodi handed over to the company, represented by Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio and Casey Stoner, the medal of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Gabriele De Torchio, Ducati Motor Holding CEO

'We are extremely proud and thrilled to have the honour of being received by President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Being invited to the Quirinal Palace is an enormous reward for all the work that our racing team and our rider Casey Stoner have put in this year. It was also a great satisfaction to be accompanied by the President of the Emilia-Romagna region Vasco Errani and the Councillor for Industrial Activities Armando Campagnoli, a further sign of Ducati’s strong links with the area.'

Casey Stoner, 2007 World MotoGP Champion

'I am privileged and honoured to be received by the President of the Italian Republic because I have very strong ties with this country. My team is Italian and the rapport that has been created with them and with Ducati is something special, it has given me the confidence to obtain the results we have achieved this year. Winning the world championship was my dream and now it’s come true; this will help me to work even better to try and compete on the same level again next year.'

 
 
6th November 2007 Ducati presents 2008 range of bikes at EICMA
 

WORLD PREVIEW OF NEW MONSTER 696 - SUPERBIKE RANGE COMPLETED WITH INTRODUCTION OF NEW 848 AND FLAGSHIP 1098 R MODEL

Milan, 6 November 2007 – The entire Ducati world will take up a display area of 800 sq. metres (Pavilion 18, Stand D65) at the 65th edition of the EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition, Milan from 6-11 November. New bikes, new accessories and a new line of apparel all form part of the innovative 2008 line-up for the Bologna manufacturer, which is also celebrating its recent world title victory in MotoGP.

In a press conference held before the exhibition officially opened, Gabriele Del Torchio, Ducati Motor CEO, met representatives from international media to illustrate the Bologna-based company’s fantastic results on a sporting and commercial level - a confirmation of its recent unprecedented success.

'The continuous growth that Ducati is experiencing is confirmed by positive economic and financial results for the third successive quarter, which we have presented to our investors', declared Del Torchio at the press conference. 'The new products that we have brought to EICMA represent the result of the research and the technological development that Ducati is offering with this new range. They also confirm that Ducati is a company which is based on product and will make up our sales target for the next few years. Our future plans are clear and precise: Ducati will continue to be the leader in the premium bike sector, confirming the passion, the Italian style, the unrivalled design and the superior track-honed performance that make up our DNA'.

The undisputed star of the Milan Show is the new Ducati Monster 696. Refined style and design are the clear motivations behind the new Monster and the continued perfection of the Desmo engine ensures that its ‘saint and sinner’ image will impress any rider. A comfortable and confidence-inspiring chassis combine with the famously smooth and powerful Ducati L-Twin engine to provide the most enjoyable riding experience. The balance of new technologies expressed in stylishly finished materials is shaped around the original cool Monster heritage.

Maintaining its traditional Monster silhouette, the 696 now looks more muscular than ever. Its wide tank tapers to the thin waistline of a comfortable narrow seat ensuring sure-footed confidence when at the traffic lights. The large diameter Hybrid Trellis frame blends stylishly into an aluminium sub-frame and swingarm while minimalist instrumentation and simple controls at the front of the Monster contrast with twin, bold, Ducati-style mufflers at the rear to enhance its urban-ready image.

The chassis of the new Monster is made up of a new Hybrid Trellis frame with larger diameter tubes directly inspired by the 2007 World MotoGP title-winning Desmosedici GP7 machine. Attached to this is a rear aluminium sub-frame. The front brake system is the envy of its class and becomes the new benchmark for the category with two 320mm discs and four-piston radial calipers.

At the rear, the dual-sided aluminium swingarm draws inspiration from Ducati Corse’s finest racing products in this area. The dash instrumentation is now totally digital and continues the tradition of all Ducati’s latest-generation sport models, guaranteeing lightness, ease of use and a wealth of information. The new exhaust system stands out with its re-routed downpipes that now give the underside of the Monster a cleaner appearance and terminate with twin, bold Ducati-style mufflers. The headlamp unit is characterized by a new triple arc main beam, while the rear light uses modern LED technology.

The engine of the new 696 is an evolution of the previous 695 version. Measuring 696cc it boasts a series of updates and refinements.

Power output gets a 9% boost to 80hp (59kW) and an 11% increase in torque to 50.6 lb-ft. This new engine continues to have the best horsepower per litre ratio of all Ducati’s air-cooled units, and it ensures a smooth and powerful delivery for a relaxed but thrilling ride in all conditions.

For 2008, the Superbike family features two important additions: the introduction of a mid-engine size version, the light and nimble 848, and an extreme ‘racing’ version for all those who demand the maximum performance, the 1098 R; which will take part in the 2008 World Superbike Championship.

The new 848 enjoys all the performance advancements of the entire Superbike family, while adding its own innovations to redefine the middleweight sport bike class. The words ‘agile’ and ‘refined’ aptly describe the 848. At 168kg (369lbs) the 848 is an amazing 20kg (44lbs) lighter than its predecessor, and a significant 5kg (11lbs) lighter than its larger capacity brother, the 1098.

The highly advanced 848 engine uses an improved method of engine case production in which cases are vacuum die-cast formed. While providing significant weight savings of more than 3kg (6.5lbs), this method also ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength. Further refinements include a sophisticated wet clutch that offers 1kg (2.2lbs) less weight, a much longer service interval, improved clutch feel and quiet operation. With the first twist of the wrist, the powerful rush of the Testastretta Evoluzione engine confirms that the rules have changed. The 848’s 134hp is not only 30% more powerful than its predecessor, but it provides a power-to-weight ratio even better than the potent 999.

The new 1098 R is the most powerful and lightest twin-cylinder bike ever produced by the Borgo Panigale factory, with the highest torque/weight ratio of any sport bike available. A total of 180hp is on tap for this new Superbike, together with an amazing torque value of 13.7 kgm. The weight figure also confirms the racing origins of the 1098 R: 165kg puts the bike at the forefront of this category. The 1098 R is supplied with a racing kit for track use. This is made up of a pair of “102dB” carbon mufflers and dedicated ECU, which boost the already exceptional performance of this new twin-cylinder Ducati. With this kit the rider can also activate dialog between the ECU and the DTC (Ducati Traction Control) system, which is fitted to a production bike for the first time ever.

The massive influx of motorbike fans and Ducati “tifosi” expected at EICMA will also get a chance to see the definitive version of the Desmosedici RR, derived from the MotoGP bike, of which 1500 will be produced and the special Tricolore version of the Monster S4R S, which features a front fairing, seat cover and fuel tank in the red, white and green colours of the Italian flag together with gold frame and wheel rims.

The new 2008 range is completed by the black version of the Hypermotard 1100 S and the new two-colour grey-liveried version of the GT 1000, as well as numerous new accessories, special components and a new collection of Ducati clothing.

An area of the stand is also dedicated to Ducati Corse to celebrate Casey Stoner’s victory in the MotoGP World Championship, but also the titles won by Nicolò Canepa in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup on the 1098 and by the Women’s Team in the European 1000 Superstock and Italian 600 Superstock championships.

The International Motorcycle Exhibition will be open to the general public until Sunday November 11. Ducati is present in Pavilion 18 – Stand D65.

For more information you can visit www.ducatipress.com for insurance visit www.ducatiinsurance.co.uk or call Ducati Insurance on 0844 8800 960.

 
 
2nd November 2007 Casey Stoner’s World Championship winning MotoGP bike and production Ducati Desmosedici RR star at the NEC Show
 

Ducati has confirmed that they will have Casey Stoner’s World Championship winning MotoGP bike on display at this year’s International Motorcycle Show. Alongside Casey Stoner’s all conquering Ducati GP7 will be the World’s first MotoGP Replica for the road - the Desmosedici RR.

Casey Stoner and his Ducati GP7 helped secure the World Championship at the Japanese Grand Prix and have so far taken his race wins to 10 and has scored in all 17 rounds, with just the final round at Valencia this weekend. The GP7 has also helped the team win the Constructors and team Championships and will be the focal point of the Ducati stand.

Whilst the GP7 has conquered the world of racing, the Desmosedici RR will undoubtedly be the ultimate road-legal sporting motorcycle. This will be first time the production version of this bike has been seen in the UK. The concept of the Desmosedici RR was first conceived prior to the 2004 World Ducati Week festival and is based on the GP6, the last of the 990cc MotoGP machines. This limited edition £40,000 production machine is one of the most extreme road bikes ever built and has proven to be true to its description as a real race replica. The first of over 125 bikes are expected to begin arriving in the UK at the end of this year.

Also on display on the Ducati stand in Hall 2 of the NEC will be the 1098, the sales success of the year. Other highlights include the acclaimed Hypermotard in a new Black version, the recently launched S4RS Tricolore and current favourites from the Monster, Multistrada and Sport Classic families.

Shortly before the NEC, Ducati will be at the EICMA show in Milan – the traditional launch show for the Italian Manufacturer. If you cannot make it to Milan, go to www.ducati.com for the latest news or visit the NEC where Ducati UK and Ducati Insurance will have all the news from Milan on their stand.

 
 
1st November 2007 Ducati Motor Holding announces the results for the first nine months of 2007
 

Increase in Turnover to 322,2 million Euro (+44%)

Increase in Ebitda to 49,9 million Euro (+108%)

Increase in Net Profit to 17,6 million Euro

Return to a positive Net Financial Position

(+9,5 million Euro compared to -46,7 million Euro on September 30th 2006)

The new Strategic Plan 2008-2010 will be presented in December 2007

Bologna, October 31st 2007 – The Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. Board of Directors (Borsa Italiana S.p.A: DMH) approved today its first nine months results of 2007 at September 30th 2007.

Turnover during the first nine months of 2007 amounted to 322,2 million euro, showing an increase of 43.8% (+47,5% at constant forex rate) compared to 224,2 million euro recorded during the same period of the previous year.

This increase in turnover is mainly due to the sales of new products, particularly Superbike 1098 and Hypermotard. Worldwide registrations in the first half of 2007 grew 14.7% compared to the same period last year.

EBITDA amounted to 49.9 million euro equal to 15,5% of turnover, compared to 24.0 million euro recorded during the previous year (10.7% of turnover for the same period in 2006). At constant exchange rates, EBITDA is 56,7 million euro (i.e. 17.6% of turnover) with an increase of 32.7 million euro versus the previous year.

Operating profit (Ebit) during the first nine months of 2007 amounted to 28.1 million euro (or 8,7% of sales) compared to 9.0 million euro (or 4.0% of sales) recorded during the first nine months of 2006.

Profit before tax amounted to 25.0 million euro (versus 3.9 million euro during the previous year).

Net Profit amounted to 17.6 million euro compared to a net loss of 4.6 million euro recorded for the same period the previous year.

Net financial position at September 30th 2007 amounted to 9.5 million euro positive and shows a substantial improvement compared to the indebtedness of 46,7 million euro recorded at September 30th 2006.

During December Ducati Motor Holding will present the new strategic plan 2008-2010 to the financial community. The plan will set the guidelines for growth for the coming years.

'This quarter is the third in a row of constant improvement, emphasizing a continuing trend of positive financial results.” – commented Ducati’s Managing Director Gabriele Del Torchio – Registrations have improved by 14.7% compared to the same period last year, in a substantially stable market. We are truly excited by the results accomplished on racetracks all over the world. After 33 years of uninterrupted Japanese domination, Casey Stoner has won the MotoGP World Championship on the Ducati GP7, all three categories: riders, constructors and team. These results confirm an even stronger brand and our widening appeal to the market.

This is the best confirmation of innovation quality and reliability of our products and the results reached by a cohesive and motivated team. In the next few days the motorcycle fair EICMA will open in Milan and on this occasion we will present our range of exciting new models that will sustain our sales objectives for the next few years.'

'All the indicators in the first nine months are growth positive: a trend that confirms our strategic decisions. In particular the return to a positive net financial position permits us to proceed with the development of new product and an enhanced dealer network with new determination” added Enrico D’Onofrio, Ducati CFO.” In the last quarter of this year we will concentrate on controlling the quality and the volume of the dealer inventory as we prepare the market for 2008. Thanks to the results to date, and notwithstanding the negative effect of a very strong Euro, we expect an increase of EBIDTA to 13% of revenues.'

The full financial results and text can be downloaded here

Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence. The cCompany produces motorcycles in seven market segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended customers: Superbike, Supersport, Monster, Sport Touring, Multistrada SportClassic and the new Hypermotard. The Company’s motorcycles are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European, Japan and North American markets. Ducati has won fourteen of the last sixteen Workd Superbike Championship titles and more individual victories than the competition put together. Since 2003 Ducati has also been taking part in the MotoGP World Championship. For furhter information on Ducati, check our website www.ducati.com

This press release contains statements and forecasts regarding the future which are subject to risk factors which could lead to substantial differences in the actual results compared to those which have been foreseen.

The manager responsible for preparing the Company’s financial reports Enrico D’Onofrio declares, pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 154-bis of the Consolidated Law on Finance, that the accounting information contained in this press release corresponds to the document results, books and accounting records.)

For further information:

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Bologna 40132, Italy
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