Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ducati Launch 1199 Panigale in Milan

We attended the official launch of the Ducati Panigale 1199 in Milan Italy this week. The much anticipated new superbike has finally been unveiled.

With our camera phones in hand we managed to grab some of the very first photos of the new 1199 Panigale as well as some wobbly video footage grabbed on our phones.

Ducati Manchester were among the first dealers in the world to get our hands on the new superbike. We took some footage of the new multi-function colour dash display.

Call Ducati Manchester today to secure your test ride on the first 1199 Panigales that are delivered to the UK. 0161 973 9572

Click here to learn more about the Ducati 1199 Panigale (Photos, Videos, and Technical Specs)

Official Ducati Press Release:

Ducati unveil innovative 1199 Panigale Superbike and present exciting 2012 range

November 7 2011
Ducati has unveiled the long-awaited 1199 Panigale Superbike alongside its entire 2012 range in a stylish Press Conference at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy. Setting a new benchmark in the motorcycle industry with their ground-breaking and innovative new Superbike, the Italian manufacturer’s incredible line-up of dream motorcycles are now set to be exhibited from 10-13 November at EICMA 2011, the 69th edition of the Milan International Motorcycle Show.

The impressive theatre presentation of Ducati’s 2012 models also gave Gabriele Del Torchio, President of Ducati Motor Holding, the opportunity to announce the positive business performance of the Bologna-based company. In a market challenged by economy difficulties, Ducati has continued to increase its market share, production volumes and global sales, confirming their solid position and underlining the efficient and well organised business structure that will now serve the company in the coming years.

“It is the hard work of all the men and women at Ducati that has resulted in the positive results that I present today and it validates the strategy we followed during the period 2007-2011,” said Gabriele Del Torchio during the conference. “Thanks to our focus on product development, increased investment and our work to maintain the desirability of our brand around the world, I take great satisfaction in announcing that 2011 has been the most successful year in the history of Ducati.

“Sales of approximately 42,000 motorcycles have generated revenues of €480m, a 20% increase over the previous year and just reward for our highly innovative products. It gives us the confidence to believe in the pillars of our strategy and to continue on our ‘mission’ to be specialist leaders of the sportbike segment by further developing innovative and class-leading motorcycles.

“All of this has enabled us to present the incredible new 1199 Panigale, the new benchmark in the sportbike arena. Without doubt, this has been the most ambitious project in Ducati’s history and underlines our engineering excellence and ‘product emotion’, an aspect of our brand which, in such a competitive market place, has become more important than ever. This motorcycle represents pure Italian style, the reference point for performance and a safety-enhanced, confidence-inspiring experience for our customers on road and track.

“We are particularly proud to have created a special ‘Tricolore’ version of this new motorcycle, in the red, white and green of Italy. What better occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our national flag and underline our role and responsibility as ambassadors of the title ‘made in Italy’, than with a product of such style and technical excellence.”

Following Mr.Del Torchio’s announcement, Ducati Motor Holding General Manager, Claudio Domenicali, proceeded to release the details of the 2012 models with particular focus on the 1199 Panigale.

“Throughout our long and successful twin-cylinder history of racing, Ducati has never built a sportbike as advanced as the 1199 Panigale,” said Claudio Domenicali during his presentation. “We are moving into a new generation with a ‘revolution’ of the species that establishes new limits for the category. Its Desmodromic heart, the new Superquadro engine, is the most powerful twin-cylinder ever produced and represents the base of a new concept of frame and engine integration. This concept enables the 1199 Panigale a dry weight of just 164kg and gives it a riding sensation that is closer than ever to a full race bike. With revised ergonomics, full Ride-by-Wire engine management and enhanced systems of ABS and traction control, we have controlled the beast within the 1199 Panigale so that the full emotion of this motorcycle can be enjoyed easily and safely.”

Indeed, the 2012 Ducati Superbike family marks the official introduction of the ground-breaking 1199 Panigale, 1199 Panigale S and flagship 1199 Panigale S Tricolore and opens a new chapter in the company’s iconic Superbike history. Available early in 2012, Ducati’s new generation Superbike, goes beyond the barriers of motorcycle design and engineering to set the most extreme benchmark ever and the direction for future sport bikes. Developed in the red-hot environment of racing and designed to raise the performance bar to its highest, the 1199 Panigale uses innovative Ducati Corse-derived solutions to make World Championship level technology available to everyone.

The most high tech, most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet is now an integral part of an innovative monocoque chassis that combine to deliver an astonishing 195hp from 164kg (361.5lb) of futuristic Italian thoroughbred. The highest production motorcycle power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios in the world are fitting trophies for the incredible results that Ducati have achieved. Bred for the track and trained for the road, the new 1199 Panigale is a true revolution of the species destined to influence the entire sportsbike environment.

With the click of a button, Ducati’s Riding Mode concept delivers performance with enhanced rider confidence by combining seven class-leading technologies. The latest-generation sports ABS system, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s new race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW) are now all programmed into seamless, electronic rider assistance. Even the full colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display changes to suit the rider’s environment.

State-of-the-art from the ground-up and melding latest technologies with exciting new family features, the 1199 Panigale is totally “Ducati” in every respect. Its no-compromise approach to sport design and stylish attention to incredibly fine detail presents authentic Italian performance at its purist. The highly successful 848EVO and new for 2012, 848EVO Corse Special Edition with enhanced electronics, suspension and stunning Ducati Corse livery, complete an incredible 2012 Ducati Superbike range.

2012 sees the excellent new Streetfighter 848 take its place alongside the awesome firepower of the Streetfighter S to broaden the stylish and exciting, high-performance naked family. The new 848 fighter is dressed in red with a red frame for Ducati traditionalists, while yellow makes a comeback and the stunning dark stealth scheme underlines the Streetfighter’s aggressive image. The Streetfighter S comes to the fight in Ducati red and the brand new for 2012 “race titanium matte”, both schemes with red frames and black wheels.

The innovative Ducati Diavel introduces a new Cromo model for 2012, in addition to the Diavel AMG Special Edition, recently unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. First introduced to an excited public at the 2010 Milan International Motorcycle Show, the Ducati Diavel went on to amaze motorcyclists the world over, collecting awards along the way and becoming one of Ducati’s top selling models. For 2012, the ground-breaking Ducati is available in four exciting versions. The standard Diavel, and the Diavel Carbon - with a character-forming mix of aesthetic and performance components - now stand alongside the brand new and stunning Diavel Cromo and the exclusive Diavel AMG Special Edition.

The press conference for Ducati’s 2012 model range also presented an opportunity for the company to celebrate the winning of the Riders’ and Manufacturer’s titles in the 2011 World Superbike Championship with Carlos Checa and Riders’ and Manufacturers’ titles in the 2011 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup with Davide Giugliano. Both riders rode Team Althea Racing Ducati 1198s to their respective victories and both bikes will be proudly shown on the Ducati stand at EICMA 2011.

The entire 2012 Ducati motorcycle range in addition to new accessory and apparel collections will be on show at EICMA 2011 in Milan on stand G64 of hall 18 from 10-13 November.

The 1199 Panigale range will be available in UK showrooms at the end March and will be priced at £14,995 for the 1199 Panigale, £15,750 for the 1199 Panigale ABS, £19,750 for the 1199 Panigale S ABS and £23,495 for the 1199 Panigale S Tricolore. The 848 EVO Corse will be £11,995 and is expected to be in dealerships in January, while the new Diavel Cromo at £15,295 arrives in January.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The new 1199 Panigale is coming

Ducati announces 2012 Superbike name as “Ducati 1199 Panigale”
Ducati officially announces the naming of its new generation 2012 Superbike as the
“Ducati 1199 Panigale” and confirms that the unveiling and first public display will be at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan 10-13 November.

Having attracted massive, world-wide interest during the machine’s many test phases, the exciting new model is also now officially named in an emotional video released on the Italian manufacturer’s website, Ducati.com, and Ducati Motor Holding’s official Youtube channel. The wait to discover the incredible performance, innovative design and ground-breaking technologies of the new 1199 Panigale will continue for just a few more weeks.

Pronounced “Pan-ee-gah-lee”, the new model breaks with Ducati’s Superbike tradition by adding a name to its 1199cc engine capacity (referred to as eleven-nine-nine), making a significant and warm association to its historic roots in the Borgo Panigale area of Bologna. In an Italian territory known as “Motor Valley” and where high performance and racing runs through the veins of its passionate people, Ducati now underline their pride in being world ambassadors for the “Made in Italy” title by immortalizing their home town in the name of the new Superbike.

Developed as a true sport bike with competition in its DNA, the Ducati 1199 Panigale will first see racing action in the 2012 FIM Superstock Championship and, in accordance with the factory’s development program, make its debut in World Superbike in 2013.

The two-stage introduction enables Ducati additional development for the Superbike version of the 1199 Panigale, appropriate to the more open regulations of the World Superbike category, and in addition help control costs for World Superbike teams who can continue to compete with a 2012 version of the 1198 with technical support from Ducati Engineers.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The all new Ducati Streetfighter 848 launched

Ducati unveils a new model of 2012 range.

Ducati confirm their 2012 Streetfighter 848 with the first officially released images of the brand new model set to add everyday accessibility to the Italian manufacturer's famous naked sport bike family.
Combining a new and brilliantly engineered 848 Testastretta 11° engine with the enhanced geometry of a chassis that provides confidence-inspiring agility, the Streetfighter 848 has enriched its user-friendliness with a smooth and flexible power delivery, revised ergonomics and Ducati Traction Control.

The Ducati Streetfighter scored a round one knock-out when it entered the ring for the first time at the Milan show back in November 2008, winning the ‘Most Beautiful Bike' award and raising the bar for extreme nakeds. Its asphalt-ripping reputation became the desire of sport naked connoisseurs throughout the world and the Streetfighter 848 will now widen that appeal even further with enhanced usability.

Available from November 2011 onwards, the new fighter is dressed in red for Ducati traditionalists, while yellow makes a return for mid-range purists and "dark stealth" provides a matte-black reminder of the Streetfighter's aggressive image.

More information will soon be available. Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

0% Finance on M696 and M796

We are pleased to announce 0% Finance on the Monster 696 and 796. We also have many more finance offers to suit your needs... Click on the imaages below to see full finance example.

Finance is subject to status, written details upon request. Ducati Finance is conducted through Black horse.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Learn to Ride on a Ducati Monster 696

Here at Ducati Manchester we have the perfect machine for you to pass your test on. The Monster 696+ is small enough to be manoeuvrable and yet powerful enough to cope easily with all the test will throw at you.Your training will start on a 125cc.
The first element of the course will be the CBT (Compulsory Basic Training), this course is an ideal introduction to motorcycling and is also classed as the first part of your route to a full licence. The course will introduce you to the basics of machine control and will progress to a minimum 2 hour road ride where you can show off your new found skills.

Following on from this you will have some additional training on the 125cc bike to build those all important skills before progressing onto a larger capacity bike (usually a 500-600cc). Your instructor will ensure you are up to a suitable standard on the larger machine before introducing you to your Ducati, from this point onwards all of your training will be conducted on the 696.

Your training will be determined by any previous experience you may have and your training provider will be able to advise you of how long it will take you to get your full licence. Typically if you are previously experienced, this will take 3-4 days of tuition and if this is your first time on a bike it can take 6-7 days. The important thing is to know that each Ducati training package is custom designed for you as an individual.

The full licence test itself is broken down into 2 separate elements, the first part is designed to test your machine control and is conducted off road, and the second part will test your on-road skills and, if successful, will legally entitle you to ride any Ducati.

Prior to taking the full licence test you will need to have passed your motorcycle theory test, your training provider will be able to advise and help you with this at the time of booking.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ducati Manchester Spainish Tour

it is cold and raining in Manchester and the motoseason is over, in Spain it’s warm and sunny and apart of that there will take place the last stage of Moto GP. DMC moto offer you to join a fans team! The tour includes a trip along the coast of Mediterranean sea and we’ll visit the final stage of Moto GP in Valencia the day 6 of November of 2011.

The route of the tour:
Sevilla – Jerez – Ronda – Cordova – Granada – Almeria – La-manga – Valencia
Tour options:
Number of days: 9
Difficulty level: easy
Number of participants: ?
The first day: Manchester – Sevilla – Jerez (run – 119 km)
Departure from the Manchester, arrival in Sevilla. When arrived – transfer to the place where you’ll receive your bike. After that we’re going to Jerez-de-la-Frontera, where we’ll check in to hotel and have a gala dinner. Jerez-de-la-Frontera is the most populated town in Cadiz, it’s the land of wines and horses. It’s best architecture legacy are Arabic Alcasar of XII century and San Salvador cathedral. In Jerez there are a big amount of wine cellars, including Gonzales Byass and Pedro Domecq. Also there are beautiful family palaces of a local aristocracy.
The second day. Jerez-The Hybraltar- Ronda (run – 264 km)
You are driving along the edge of the sea shore of Europe to a wonderful town called Ronda, but during your way you will run across a lot of beautiful places. The first on your way there will be Cadiz, which tends to be the oldest European town. According to the legend, Cadiz was found by Heracles. The town belonged to The Carthaginians, The Romans, The Moors in turn and in 1812 it became the capital of Spain for some time. The Constitution was proclaimed there. Having driven to Tarifa you will be able to wave hello to The Marrocans, it seems possible to reach a hand to Africa at this place!
And the next destination will be Gibraltar – the high rocky cape, which was given to The UK to be rules for ever in 1713.
And in the end you are driving in beautiful Ronda. This is one of the most beautiful spots in Spain. Ronda stands at the shore of sheer rock. Due to its location it had been inaccessible and was the last stronghold of the Moors. Besides the ancient monuments, the oldest arena for Corrida in Spain is situated here in Ronda.
4 day. Cordova – Granada (run 213 km)
You are driving up to the brilliant of Andalucia – Granada. The first town on your way is Andujar, where remained The roman bridge with 15 arches across The Guadalquivir. In Jaena or the stop of caravans as it was called by The Moors remained Arabic saunas of 11th century, and there is a bamboo statue of Christ from Ecuador. Granada was called “The world of dreams” by the guitarist Andres Segovia. Granada was conquered by the Moors in the 8th century. The époque of its sunrise was at the times of governing of Nathrids during 1238-1492. That time Granada was the capital of Granadian emirate and the inhabitants made the reputation of being the cultural and scientific centre for it. After The Catholics came to power the town gained the refinement of The Rene sans and some luxury too. The labyrinth of narrow streets, meandering beside The Cathedral, Moor market, squares, architectural pearls of Alhambra castle and Jeneralife, luxurious moor villages.
The fifth day. Granada – Almeria (*run 173 km)
On the way to Almeria you will run across Joanes which is famous by its table sorts of grapes and Laujar. According to the legend Laujar de Andaraix was founded by Noah’s great grandson. But the most impressive town on the way there is Guadix, where a cave quarter is situated. It consists of thousands of caves. The exposition of Cave museum tells about people’s life underground. Almeria – here stands the biggest fortress built by The Moors in Spain. This huge building is dated by 955. Almeria used to be a very important sea port. Across this Mauritanians city which was called Mahriyatt (The Mirror of the sea) brocade, cotton and silk were exported. Beside the fortress an old quarter of fishermen and The Gypsies, called La Changa. Some families live in caves here, where the walls are gaudily colored and the interior is very modern too.
The sixth day. Almeria- La Manga (run 255 km)
And again you are going along the coast. Today you are saying goodbye to sunny Andalucia ang driving to the region of Murcia and Valencia. The road lies along the sunny coast across the near-town park, Cabo de Gata- volcanic scars, dunes, salty banks ans lonely bays. Some cute fishermen’s hamlets are situated on the territory of nature park.
A small village Nixar is situated among the oasis of citric trees at the edge of the ridge of Sierra de Alamilla and is famous by its bright ceramica and jarapas – handmade blankets and mats. Mojacar is like a blinking mirage: huge Mavritanian fortress at the top of the mountain, with some whitewashed houses spilled on it. Cartajena- the modern town which stands on the place of the first Carthaginian’s living place that was founded in 223 B.C. Then the town was conquered by The Romans. After the époques of decadence and prosperity it has become a big military port. On the sea shore stands the model of the submarine, designed in 1888 by Isaac Peralem. From the top of the castle Castillo de la Concepcion opens a magnificent view of the city and the sea. La Manga - stretched out along a narrow sand spit that separates the Mediterranean from the Mar Menor - a closed lagoon. The water here is warmer than it is in the sea and is full of minerals, so La Manga resort is considered to be therapeutic.
The seventh Day. La Manga- Valencia (run 310 km)
The first town on the road from La Manga is Alicante - a port city - the capital of the Costa Blanca. The first Greeks founded a colony here, then the Romans came. At the top of the mountain stands castle called Benikantil de-Santa Barbara of 16th century. From its towers you will be able to see the whole city. Penyal-d'Ifak is a place famous for the unique stone cliff. Giant boulder 332 m height seems to be unapproachable, like heaving from the sea. If you climb the cliff, it will offer some amazing views, on a clear day you can even see the coast of Ibiza.
Xativa is the old town with its typical small squares and streets. Once the tower castle of Xativa was a majestic sight. The ruins on a narrow spur of the mountain Vernissa are really impressive.
You will have your accommodation upon arrival in Valencia. Walk through the city.
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and it is situated in the irrigated valley. It was founded in 138 BC by the Romans, then passed from hand to hand and only in the 13th century turned to belong to the Christians. Valencia is surrounded by orange groves and vast farmlands. The city stands on the banks of the River Turia. The old quarter of El Carmen is located on the right bank. Most of the ancient monuments are located close to the city council.
City Sights:
Palau de la Generalitad - Gothic palace of 15th century, which is now the seat of government of Valencia. 

• Basilica de los Desamparados - where is the statue of the patroness of Valencia - the Virgin Mary located
• Valencian Cathedral of the 13th century.
The eighth day. Valencia. Moto GP
The ninth day. Giving back the motorcycles. Transportation from Valencia to Manchester
Also, you have a unique opportunity not only to enjoy the beauty of Spain and exciting racing, but also send to "hibernate" your favorite motorcycle to Spain - from November to March. During this period, you can fly to Spain and enjoy the sunshine and ride on a motorcycle - whether it will be track or the endless miles of Spanish (and other countries’) roads. During the whole season
Your bike will be maintained by professional mechanics and, on request, it could be delivered to any Spanish city, hotel or airport. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!
DMC moto can change the tour route.
- £TBA One bike (single accommodation)
- £TBA One bike (double accommodation)
Price includes:
- Accommodation in 4* hotels (breakfast includes);
- Transfer to the airport – hotel (Valencia) – airport;
- Rent of the Ducati bike
- Guide on the bike, convoying the group
- Ticket for Moto GP (1 ticket for one person, 2 tickets for 2 people)
Price doesn’t include.
- Flight Manchester – Valencia – Manchester (Economy class)
- Dinner and supper
- Gasoline
- Parking and paid roads

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weekends of ups and downs at Assen Round 2

DMC Racing have arrived in the UK with mixed emotions after a difficult weekend at Assen Circuit, Netherlands.
The team headed to the weekend to capitalise on a weekend full of improvement at Brands Hatch.

Throughout the Friday practice both Robbie and Alexey managed to get to grips with the circuit which neither had previously ridden before. Each rider describing the circuit as ‘incredibly fast’ and ‘fun to ride’, they stayed in the top 10 during the 3 sessions. Unfortunately though a wet final session hampered the progress for Alexey after a small crash onto the back straight, causing him to miss valuable track time. Unharmed though Alexey passed fit for the following days qualifying practices and looked forward to the task at hand

“Today we made some great progress with the bike and the setup. I felt confident on the bike but unfortunately made a mistake in the wet practice that caused my crash. Overall though I am happy and feel confident for tomorrows qualifying sessions” commented Alexey

With three qualifying sessions in which to put in their fastest lap, it was a gamble when would be the best time as there were showers throughout the day. Robbie and Alexey went out and improved on the lap times on the Friday practice instantly, but unfortunately Alexey’s session was bought to a premature halt when he had a huge high side, dislocating his right shoulder. After a trip to the hospital Alexey was able to get back on the bike for QP2 and QP3, eventually qualifying in a very credible 14th Position after battling through the pain barrier.
Robbie unfortunately failed to improve on his morning’s performance and qualified in 8th position.

The following day (Race Day) Alexey woke to some very disappointing news. He was summoned to the medical centre and informed that he would not be able to take part in Sundays races.

“It is a real shame I was told I can’t ride during the races. I felt good when back on the bike yesterday after my accident but the medics were worried the arm may come out of the socket again and cause more harm to myself or another rider. I plan to recover before Thruxton and be back fighting fully fit” explained a disappointed Alexey.

Seconds before Race 1 was due to start, the heavens opened and the track went from completely dry to almost all wet. Within the same amount of time the rain stopped and the rain didn’t look to return. Based on this Robbie took the decision to remain on dry tyres, even though there was standing water on the circuit.
Unfortunately the early laps Robbie was unable to improve much on his position due to the conditions and all of his rivals were pulling away as they were on wet tyres. As the race went out the track got dryer and dryer and Robbie started to come through the field. With the race shortened to 10 laps Robbie couldn’t capitalise fully and crossed the line in a season best of 5th.

“That was one hell of a race. I enjoyed every minute of that. The early laps were really difficult to keep the bike upright as it was like riding on marble. I pushed and pushed and eventually the tyres came to me and I started moving forward. 5th place isn’t where I want or need to be to fight for the championship but its points and I cant complain” Commented Robbie

Race 2 saw a completely dry circuit and Robbie had made some drastic changes to the suspension and gearing in the hopes of bridging the gap between him and the leaders. Unfortunately though it was soon apparent that Robbie was struggling with grip. He got a reasonable start and pushed hard. His race was a lonely one but he lay in 5th for the majority of the race. Aaron Brown was lapping much faster and started catching Robbie. Unable to respond Robbie had to just let the inevitable happen, after nearly losing the front Robbie was passed on the final lap but at the final turn he took a last dive on the inside of Aaron to secure 5th place.

“This weekend proved how big a step we have made with the bike. I am still struggling a lot with suspension setup but overall its been a good weekend. Race two was my mistake after making some changes, I really struggled to finish the race and not crash as I was losing the front at almost every corner, when I saw Aaron was catching I just couldn’t respond I tried but nearly crashed again. My arms were like rocks after the race just because of the battle I had to have with the bike, Im glad I managed 5th in dry conditions. Roll on Thruxton!” explained Robbie

Robbie and Alexey now have a two-week break before heading to Thruxton on 28th May 2011. Keep an eye on the website for photo updates.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

26th April 2011 - Solid weekend for Ducati Manchester at Brands Hatch Round 1

Solid weekend for Ducati Manchester at Brands Hatch Round 1

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Easter Bank Holiday weekend saw the first of the 9 round Ducati 848 Challenge Championship commence. With the weather forecast for bright and sunny all weekend the team and the public were in for a scorcher, on and off the track!

Ducati Manchester racing arrived at the circuit and setup both Robbie’s and Alexey’s machines ready for the weekend ahead. As this was the first time the team had compete at British level for some time, the team and riders knew they were in for a difficult time and therefore weren’t looking to set the world alight during the first round.

Robbie and Alexey showed great promise during practices, improving lap by lap and learning more about the machine in every outing. After some dramatic setup changes during the weekend, Alexey and Robbie qualified 7th and 12th respectively. Speaking after the qualifying session Robbie explains his feelings thus far; “We came into this weekend not aiming for the win, just wanting to get some good setup to point us in the right direction for the rest of the season. Its obviously difficult taking a year out of racing, let alone doing such little testing mileage on the off season, there is no doubt we have an uphill struggle but I am happy with 12th and the way we are improving lap after lap. Its all I can ask for at this time is that we keep improving and learning about the bike.” He explained.

Race one saw Robbie and Alexey get great starts and run with the top 5, Robbie then dropped back and afterwards stated that he just didn’t have the pace to run at the front just yet, the setup wasn’t quite there. After a hard fought race Robbie and Alexey ended in very respectable 6th (Robbie) and 8th (Alexey) places.

Alexey reflects after race one “I am quite happy with the way the season has started. I learned more and more each lap and began to be more comfy with my Ducati Manchester machine. There is still much to learn but we are taking step by step and it will not be long before we can run in the top 3”

The following morning both riders had made some huge changes to the machines in a hope to close the time gap to the leaders ahead of race two. However, Robbies morning warmup was bought to an abrupt end when Mike Edwards collided with Robbie out of Paddock Hill Bend, then at the following corner it became apparent that Robbie’s brake lever had broken in the collision, forcing him to jump from his machine at speeds in excess of 110mph.

“Things looked really good up to that point” explained Robbie “I was improving lap after lap and the changes made overnight really helped my confidence and my laptimes. It was a complete shock when Mike hit me, obviously it wasn’t intentional but it still shouldn’t have happened, I didn’t realise the lever had snapped and at the next corner it became apparent and I had no choice but to jump from the machine. Absolutely gutted for that to happen just at a time when my confidence was lifting. Still, every rider crashed and must bounce back” continued Robbie.

Race two saw Alexey get another great start but Robbie struggled to get his machine off the start line, arriving at the first corner in second-to-last position. Alexey battled for 5th and 6th places along with several other riders, he completed the race in a very respectable 7th position. Robbie fought hard all race, putting in his fastest lap of the weekend and finishing in 9th position.

“Overall the weekend has been a great success. Aside from Robbies crash which could not have been avoided, the team and the riders have improved dramatically over the weekend and everyone has been working extremely well as a team. I am very proud to be part of this team with Robbie and Alexey and I look forward to the rest of the season. We plan to test a little more and again adapt to the bikes and how they react to the settings, this weekend was always going to be difficult with new bikes and new riders but both riders have done a fantastic job and should be proud. They have shown much promise for the rest of the season” explained Chris Booth, Managing Direct of Ducati Manchester and DMC Moto team manager.

The team now have a two week break where they plan to regroup and get ready for the next battle in Assen, Holland, hoping to capitalise on their successes at Brands Hatch.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Funday Sunday June 5th At Ducati Manchester
Here’s your invitation to come along to Ducati Manchester, (address below) and take part in our Funday Sunday on June 5th. There’s loads going on and, strangely enough, loads coming off as well, in our great clothing sale. And with such a diverse range of gear, there’s something that will suit ever member of the family. Here’s a taster for what’s on:

• Meet Ducati legend Carl Foggarty and have a chat and a few snaps with the great man himself and of course a great opportunity for autograph hunters.

• Xtremetrials.co.uk
Watch a team of amazing stunsters perform the most incredible tricks on their bikes. Definately a “ don’t try this at home” spectacle
• Monster Day in conjunction with The Monster Owners Club. Drool over some of the finest examples of tricked up Monsters that you’re ever likely to set eyes upon. Get some ideas too on what you could do with yours. If you don’t own a Monster... then you’re in the perfect place to change that!
• Special deals on new and used bikes plus some real bargains to be had. If you’re serious about buying a bike, then you’ll really need to be here to believe what’s on offer.
• Food and refreshments available all day
• Kids Monster colouring competition. Please feel free to bring the little ones with you. There’ll be free goodies for them too, and the chance to show off their artistic side and get in on the prizes, judged by the MOC on the day.
• Loads of fun, all we raise on the day will be donated to a local charity.

Chris Booth
Ducati Manchester
Dalton House, Sale , Cheshire. M33 7AJ
Tel: 0161 973 9572

Alexei Ivanov going well in Testing at Brands Hatch

Our Ducati 848 Rider Alexei Ivanov has had a good day at Brands Hatch and is off to Snetterton to continue testing. After having to make a lot of changes to the set up we got down to a happy pace for his first ride in the UK and on a UK Circuit. Keep up to date with our racing at www.dmcracing.co.uk. Also, our other rider, Robbie Brown has had some god pre season testing, visit his blog at www.robbiebrownracing.co.uk. We will be doing hospitality events throughout the year taking customers to support our team this year. Hope to see many off you supporting us this year.

Chris Booth
Ducati MAnchester Ltd

Ducati Monster 1100 Evo Has arrived.

The all new Ducati Monster Evo 1100 Evo has arrived in Ducati Manchester today and will be in DMC Moto (Preston) tomorrow. Call now to arrange your demo ride.

Chris Booth
Ducati Manchester Ltd

Monday, April 4, 2011

Carl Fogarty Picks up his Diavel from Ducati Manchester

Legend Carl Fogarty today picked up his brand new Diavel from Salesman Sergio Arancio at Ducati Manchester.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Ducati Roadshow hits the North West.

The 2011 Ducati Roadshow coming to St Annes and Rivington Barn.
Join The Ducati Roadshow truck at Fylde Bike Night, Monday 2nd May in St. Annes and at Rivington Barn, Bolton on Sunday 8th May 2011. Ducati Manchester and DMC Moto (Preston) will be there along with the all new 2011 Ducati Demonstrator Fleet. Bring your license and join us for some great riding experiences.

(Need to bring credit card to swipe in case you damage the bike and both parts of your license if new style. Riders must be over the age of 21 and have held a full UK license for over 2 years)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ducati Days

21/22 May - Ducati UK to host the ultimate Silverstone Track Day event.Ducati UK will hold a spectacular two day track event at its new home, Silverstone Circuit over the weekend of the 21/22 May.

This unique track event will host a range of events and activities at this premier World Championship Circuit. Silverstone, the chosen UK circuit for MotoGP and World Superbikes is regarded as one of the most exhilarating and challenging circuits in the World.

This exclusive Ducati-only two day event gives those attending an opportunity to ride three different track configurations. The National, International and full MotoGP tracks will provide a varied and exciting experience for those Ducati–only riders attending with the added benefit of being amongst the first to use the new ‘Wing Pits’.

This ‘track’ event will not only feature extensive track time but on the first day it will also be inclusive of specialist training from the world renowned and highly regarded Californian Superbike School known for its dedication to discovering, improving and refining the art of cornering.

On the first day the School provides a full days training (to those who choose this option) consisting of five track and three classroom sessions specifically tailored to the requirements of the Ducati rider. School riders will then be able to practice their new techniques the following day on the full Moto GP circuit when CSS tutors will be on hand for additional tuition if required.

For those who choose not to taking the training option they will also be able to ride both national and international circuits on day 1 and full the MotoGP on day 2.

This is no ‘ordinary’ track day and the Ducati days will host a range of activities and attractions that will include:
• Three track configurations (National, International and MotoGP) over two days at one of the World’s premier circuits.
• Training from Californian Superbike School
• A full days track time on the MotoGP circuit
• Free bike set up and suspension clinics
• Attendance of Carlos Checa (subject to change)
• Attendance of Scott Smart and the Moto Rapido race team
• Breakfast and lunch both days including refreshments
• Free Garage Use
• Trade Stands – including Moto Icons (Ducati Apparel), Ducati Art, Bike Trac, Kiddi Moto, R&G, Dealer stands and many more
• Guest speakers – To be confirmed
• Ducati Model Range Display and event truck
• Helicopter rides (additional cost)
• Riders For Health Ducati Auction
• Ducati UK Museum
• Ducati gift for track and parade lap riders
• Track side photography
• And still much more to be announced

Prices for the weekend (inclusive of VAT) will be:

• Rider ticket (choose between Track or Training on Saturday) - £495
• Guest ticket - £50
• Parade Lap ticket (up to three parade laps controlled speed with safety cars) - £100

* All tickets include breakfast and lunch & 2 Day’s entry

Ducati UK has set what it believes is a fair and reasonable price for what this event has an offer compared to a ‘track-only’ day. Ducati UK is not making any profit from this event and it is heavily subsidised by Ducati UK.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Catering Van on Site at Ducati Manchester every Sunday

Starting on Sunday 27th February, Ducati Manchester, Washway Road, Sale will have a proffessional catering van serving top quality food and drinks. From Full breakfasts in bread, there is a great selection of food and makes Ducati MAnchester the ideal place to ride to on your Sunday ride.

A weekend of Pure indulgence - 5th - 6th March

We would like to invite you all to our weekend of pure indulgence at Manchester and Preston. We will have the all new fleet of 2011 Ducati Models on demonstrator for you to try including the all new Diavel. As long as you are over 21 years old and have held a full motorcycle license for over 1 year and have no more than 9 points on your license then bring your license (both parts) and book a demo on one of our range. On Sunday we will have our all new BUTTY VAN on site at Manchester. There will be prizes, giveaways and more.... Call now for full details

Diavel VIP Evening Thursday 3rd March 5.00pm-7.30pm

We would like to invite you to the all new Diavel Launch evening at Ducati in Manchester and Preston. The all new Diavel will be on show for you to look at and sit on and learn all abvout the Diavels features. There will be light refreshments served and a prize draw to WIN A DIAVEL for the day*

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


If there’s one man in motorcycle racing who needs no introduction, it’s Valentino Rossi, one of Grand Prix racing’s most successful and popular riders in history. A nine-time World Champion and a household name all over the world, “The Doctor” has a long list of accomplishments including: fifteen years with at least one win in one of the Grand Prix classes; only rider to win consecutive premier-class races with different manufacturers; seventy-nine premier-class Grand Prix victories entering the 2011 season; 105 Grand Prix wins across all classes entering 2011, second only to Giacomo Agostini; most consecutive Grand Prix starts (230); most podium finishes across all classes in Grand Prix history (174 entering the 2011 season); longest sequence of Grand Prix podium finishes (twenty-three, between 2002 and 2004).

Valentino was born to Graziano and Stefania on February 16, 1979, in Urbino, Italy, about a half-hour from where he grew up, in Tavullia. When one considers that Graziano was then beginning the second season of his own Grand Prix career (he earned his first win that same year), it comes as no surprise that Vale took up motorcycles as a child, first riding a mini dirt bike in his family’s backyard before he was even 3. That said, in part because Graziano’s career was cut short at just five years by an injury, his parents weren’t initially enthusiastic about the idea of their son racing motorcycles. His first competitions were in 60cc go-karts, with which he won a regional title in 1990. Nonetheless, Valentino had received a mini road racer for Christmas of 1989 (when he was 10), and he began racing it with some regularity, immediately demonstrating his considerable talent: in 1992, he earned a regional minibike championship.

After trying out a friend’s Aprilia 125 at Misano, he decided to leave karting for real motorcycle road racing, a choice his parents eventually supported. Valentino’s new career direction became possible in 1993, when Rossi turned 14—the minimum age to race a 125 in Italy. Valentino was placed on Cagiva’s Claudio Lusuardi-run team for the Sport Production 125cc class, and his first race was a regional event in Magione. It was an unfortunate debut, as Rossi crashed on the first lap, remounted, and crashed again six laps later, but he still managed to finish in ninth place. Improving steadily over the course of the season, Rossi qualified for the series finale at Misano, where he qualified on pole—ahead of the title contenders. Despite a botched start in the race, he finished on the podium.

Valentino’s performance in the ’93 season finale earned him a factory Cagiva the next year, and Graziano also entered him in the Italian GP series aboard a Sandroni 125. In the second Sport Production race—again at Misano—Rossi posted the first victory of his career, and he would go on to earn the national title in that class. Meanwhile, campaigning the Italian GP series allowed him to also learn the ropes on real race bikes, experience that would prove valuable in ’95. That’s when Vale signed a three-year deal with Aprilia in a Mauro Noccioli-run team and advanced to the European championship, which at the time ran concurrently with the Continental rounds of the world championship Grand Prix series. Valentino easily won the crown in the Italian series, which he continued to compete in, and although he crashed often on the international stage, he still managed to take third in the final points of the European championship, virtually guaranteeing him a move to world championship racing.

Rossi made his Grand Prix debut in 1996 aboard an Aprilia RS250, still in Noccioli’s squad. He finished an impressive sixth at the season opener in Malaysia, and by the fourth round, in Spain, he was fighting for the podium, an objective he eventually achieved at the tenth round, in Austria. Vale took his first pole position at the very next race, in Brno, and followed that up the next day by climbing the top step of the podium. Valentino completed his rookie year ninth in the final points.

Still with Aprilia, Valentino dominated his sophomore year: he collected eleven victories in the fifteen races, in all kinds of conditions (in the other four, he crashed out of one, finished on the podium in two, and finished sixth in the other. Gathering four pole positions along the way, Rossi earned his first world championship in the 125cc class with an eighty-three-point margin.

For 1998, Rossi advanced to the 250cc class, riding for the Aprilia team run by Rossano Brazzi. He collected three second-place finishes in the first six races before notching his first victory, at Assen. His wins at the last four races of the year—Imola, Catalonia, Phillip Island, and Argentina—left him just short of the title, three points behind compatriot Loris Capirossi.

Rossi showed his competition no mercy the next year, and with nine race wins and three additional podium finishes, he collected the quarter-liter class title, confirming his dominance and growing his popularity even further.

The 2000 season brought Valentino Rossi’s passage to the 500cc class, along with the start of what would prove to be a long partnership with the Australian crew chief Jeremy Burgess. It took the 21-year-old some time to come to terms with the power delivery of the four-cylinder “screamer,” but he nonetheless earned ten podiums that year (including wins at Donington Park and Rio) and finished runner-up to Kenny Roberts Jr. in the final points standings. That same year, Valentino made his debut in the Suzuka 8 Hours with Colin Edwards, but after both riders crashed, they pulled out of the race.

Continuing his established routine of learning a class for one season before topping it the next, Rossi added the prestigious 500cc crown to his résumé in 2001 by notching no fewer than eleven race wins, plus a further two podium finishes. It was a fantastic season, made even better by a victory at the Suzuka 8 Hours, again teamed with Colin Edwards.

For 2002, the inaugural year of the MotoGP era, Honda fielded Rossi on a 990cc factory RC211V. Now running inside HRC’s factory team, the Italian won the new platform’s first round and at eight of the first nine races. By season’s end, he had amassed eleven wins in sixteen events, taking the crown by a commanding 140 points.

The 2003 season was similarly lopsided, as Valentino climbed the top step of the podium on nine occasions, earning the fifth world championship of his career.

The 2004 season was historic: Valentino decided to leave the most dominant motorcycle of the time to ride for Yamaha, which hadn’t won a title in twelve years, taking Burgess and his crew along with him. After completely changing the bike during winter testing Valentino wrote another page in the history books, winning his very first race aboard his new YZR-M1, in South Africa, and becoming the first rider ever to win two consecutive premier-class races aboard bikes from different manufacturers. That win was followed by a further eight throughout the course of the season, and Valentino beat Spaniard Sete Gibernau for the title.

The 2005 season once again saw the MotoGP world championship go to Rossi. With eleven victories and just one result off the podium, Valentino earned his seventh title, with 147 points to spare over compatriot Marco Melandri.

The 2006 season saw the Italian plagued by a number of technical problems, but he still managed to post five wins—more than any other rider that season. In the end, Valentino lost the championship to the more consistent Nicky Hayden by just five points.

In the first year of the 800cc MotoGP era, Rossi once again faced daunting competition, this time mainly from new Ducati rider Casey Stoner. Once again plagued by a few too many technical problems, Valentino topped four of eighteen races and scored an additional four podium finishes, but he finished the season third behind the Australian and—by just one point—Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.

The ’08 season marked a return to glory: having switched from Michelin tires to Bridgestone, the incomparable Italian won nine races on his way to world championship number eight (six in the premier class), enjoying other successes along the way, such as his seventh consecutive win at Mugello, his first win of his career at Laguna Seca, and victory at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s inaugural Grand Prix, in challenging weather conditions.

The 2009 season would see Rossi’s title count extended to nine, thanks to six victories and a further six podiums, giving him a 45 point margin over teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

That teammate rivalry wouldn’t continue in 2010, except for the very first part of the season, which Valentino started off with a win at the Qatar night race. Shortly after that—on April 15, to be specific—Rossi suffered a shoulder injury while practicing on a motocross bike. When, during practice for his home race at Mugello, he crashed and suffered an exposed fracture of his right tibia, Rossi lost any chance of a successful title defense. Nonetheless, after undergoing an operation to repair the fracture, he worked hard on his rehabilitation, with the objective of returning as quickly as possible. Initially, optimistic guesses had The Doctor coming back at the Brno round, a little over two months after his injury, but after undergoing intensive therapy (including time in a hyperbaric chamber) and doing two status-confirming tests aboard a superbike, Valentino returned to action at the Sachsenring, just forty-one days after his crash. Rossi rode to a heroic fourth-place result in his comeback race, then finished on the podium in the next round, at Laguna Seca. Still plagued by both of his injuries, Valentino nonetheless climbed the podium six more times, including a win at Sepang, and finished third on the year behind new champion Lorenzo and Pedrosa.

Immediately after the Brno Grand Prix in the Czech Republic, it was announced that Valentino Rossi would be moving to Ducati MotoGP for 2011, with a two-year agreement. Thanks to special permission from Yamaha, he was allowed to take part in the post-season test at Valencia. The next Sunday, Valentino underwent an extensive operation to the shoulder injured in the motocross crash. The procedure was carried out at Cattolica’s Cervesi Hospital, by Dr. Alex Castagna, from Milan’s Humanitas Institute, and Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini, from the Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Unit at Rimini’s Azienda USL.

During the two-hour arthroscopic surgery, the surgeons repaired the supraspinatus tendon and the long head of biceps tendon, as well as cartilage in the Glenoid Labrum.". Over the winter, the Italian once again underwent an intensive rehabilitation program in the gym and swimming pool in preparation for the off-season tests on the Ducati GP11, scheduled for February 1-3 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

Ducati MotoGP Team Desmosedici GP11
Racing Number:
First GP:
Malaysian GP, 1996 (125cc)
First GP Victory:
Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
First Pole:
Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
World Titles:
9 (1X125cc, 1X250cc, 1X500cc, 6XMotoGP)

Ducati MotoGP Team Rider - MotoGP World Championship
Ducati Desmosedici GP11

3rd in the MotoGP World Championship (Yamaha)
MotoGP World Champion (Yamaha)
MotoGP World Champion (Yamaha)
3rd in the MotoGP World Championship (Yamaha)
2nd in the MotoGP World Championship (Yamaha)
MotoGP World Champion (Yamaha)
MotoGP World Champion (Yamaha)
MotoGP World Champion (Honda)
MotoGP World Champion (Honda)
500cc World Champion (Honda)
2nd in the 500cc World Championship (Honda)
250cc World Champion (Aprilia)
2nd in the 250cc World Championship (Aprilia)
125cc World Champion (Aprilia)
9th in the 125cc World Championship (Aprilia)
125cc Italian National Champion (Aprilia),
3rd in 125cc European Championship