With just a few weeks to go before the start of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island, Ducati made an official presentation of their Superbike team via live streaming web broadcast from the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale, Italy.
The 2014 season will see the return of Ducati (the winners of 31 world titles in World Superbike, composed of 17 Manufacturers and 14 Riders titles) in an official capacity to the World Superbike Championship. Ducati will also re-establish its collaboration with Feel Racing, the logistical and organisational structure based in Crespellano, in the province of Bologna, a relationship that was interrupted in 2010, the last year in which the Bologna-based manufacturer participated in the production-derived series as a factory team.
On stage to present the season’s plans and technical innovations were Claudio Domenicali (CEO Ducati Motor Holding), Luigi Dall’Igna (General Manager Ducati Corse), Paolo Ciabatti (Sporting Director Ducati Corse), Ernesto Marinelli (SBK Project Director) and Team Manager Serafino Foti. A clear sign of how important it is for Ducati to have its red machines return as frontrunners in the World Superbike championship.
The Ducati presentation is available for viewing on You Tube, however most of the audio is in Italian. Factory riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano were both on hand to give first impressions from testing sessions at the track. British rider Davies said, “First impression is very, very positive. We’ve done a few tests so far in Spain and Portugal. Everyone has been working really hard, and the bike has improved pretty much every time that I’ve gotten on it. So far so good” Up to date racing news can be found on the Ducati USA website.