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Cameron Beaubier To Race For Pata

MotoAmerica Superbike Champ Cameron Beaubier To Race For Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Next Weekend At Donington Park


Cypress, CA – May 20, 2016 – Defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion and Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Superbike rider Cameron Beaubier will replace injured Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Sylvain Guintoli for next weekend’s MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship race at Donington Park, England. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., and Paul Denning, Team Principal for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team.

With a couple of weeks off between rounds four and five of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Roadracing Championship, the timing was right for Cameron to fly to England and climb aboard the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK YZF-R1. He will be teamed with Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes next weekend at Donington Park on the Leicestershire border for round seven of the Superbike World Championship.

Commenting on the exciting opportunity for the 23-year-old rider from Roseville, California, Cameron said, “I feel really fortunate that the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team is giving me this opportunity to be a part of the team for the weekend while Sylvain is healing up. I’m also thankful that Yamaha U.S. is allowing me to do this in the middle of our MotoAmerica season! It will be a tough weekend, with lots of learning, but I’m going to do my best and have fun!”

“This is a great opportunity for Cameron,” McCarty said. “It’s a perfect example of how our Yamaha bLU cRU rider support program is working to prepare and promote Yamaha riders here in the U.S. to compete on the world stage. Cameron raced in a round of the German Superbike Championship last year, and competing for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team at Donington next weekend will be another big step in his racing career. All of us at Yamaha U.S. are proud of Cameron, and we’ll definitely be cheering him on!”

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BMW S 1000 RR Shows off in Buriram, Thailand

Another great weekend for the BMW S 1000 RR: A stunning performance in WSBK and a double podium in South Africa.
BMW racer Markus Reiterberger caused a stir at the second round of the 2016 FIM World Superbike Championship in Thailand, while Lance Isaacs celebrated being on the podium twice in South Africa.


Munich (DE), 16th March 2016. Racing on two different continents: Last weekend, the international BMW Motorrad Motorsport racing family was in action in Thailand and in South Africa. The races for the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) in Buriram (TH) and the South African SuperGP Champions Trophy (RSA SBK) in Phakisa (ZA) brought more successes for the BMW S 1000 RR.

FIM Superbike World Championship in Buriram, Thailand.

For round two of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK), the BMW teams and riders and the experts from BMW Motorrad Motorsport travelled to Asia. The Thai round of the elite class was held at “Chang International Circuit” near Buriram (TH) last weekend. The two BMW customer teams in the WSBK, the Althea BMW Racing Team and Milwaukee BMW, were greeted by hot conditions with ambient temperatures rising up to 36 degrees Celsius and track temperatures in the mid-40ies. This did not prevent the BMW riders from once more being the best privateers in the field.

The 22-year old BMW racer Markus Reiterberger (DE) especially received a lot of attention: The Althea BMW Racing Team rider, who is only contesting his first full season in the WSBK, impressed with another strong performance. In the first race on Saturday, he claimed a stunning fifth place amid the strong field of factory riders. In Sunday’s second race, Reiterberger was again the best privateer rider, crossing the line in seventh. His team-mate Jordi Torres (ES) contributed to the strong team result by Althea BMW. The Spaniard set the third-fastest time overall in Friday’s practices and finished both races in eighth position.

For Milwaukee BMW, Buriram marked the second racing event on the world stage. The team worked on further fine-tuning the set-up to the needs of riders Karel Abraham (CZ) and Josh Brookes (AU). One of the targets for the weekend was to qualify for the deciding Superpole 2. This was achieved by Abraham, who set the fastest time in Superpole 1. Brookes also nearly qualified for the final qualifying session, but missed it by two thousandths of a second. In race one, Abraham was fighting for 11th position when he crashed on the final lap. Brookes collected a point by finishing 15th. In race two, Abraham was 15th, directly followed by Brookes in 16th.

The WSBK now returns to Europe, with the third round of the 2016 season being held at MotorLand Aragón (ES) from 1st to 3rd April.

South African SuperGP Champions Trophy in Phakisa, South Africa.

The success story of the BMW S 1000 RR in South Africa continues with another double podium. The second round of the 2016 South African SuperGP Champions Trophy was held at Phakisa (ZA) last weekend. A strong contingent of no less than 11 BMW privateers lined-up on the grid.

The BMW array was spearheaded by Lance Isaacs (ZA): The experienced South African BMW S 1000 RR rider claimed third on the podium in both races. In race one two other BMW racers also finished within the top-ten: Nicolas Grobler (ZA) was seventh, Daryn Upton (ZA) came home tenth. The second race saw four RRs crossing the line in the first ten positions. Upton followed closely behind third-placed Isaacs in fourth, Garick Vlok (ZA) was ninth and Grobler tenth.

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Unveiling the 2016 Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R

Unveiling the 2016 Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R


Irvine, Ca (February 11, 2016) – The FIM Superbike World Championship Kawasaki Racing Team has been abuzz this off-season with championship cheer and the unrelenting pursuit of speed. The first glimpse of their efforts was revealed today in Barcelona as the team unveiled their 2016 Ninja® ZX™-10R. Team Manager Guim Roda played host to the world as the unveiling was broadcast live via the web and Kawasaki’s social media channels. You can find a replay of the event here; http://kawasakiracingteamworldsbk.com

Jonathan Rea, the 2015 world champion, stated: “Of course I feel the pressure because we made an incredible season last year. I went away after the final round, I had some weeks at home, and then there was the birth of our new baby boy. That gave me some weeks to relax. I needed to find some more deep, extra, motivation to come back and not aim for top three again but defend my position as world champion. I started my pre-season preparations earlier than in 2014 or 2015 and I am already in good shape. We have our hands on a new ZX-10R, which I am really excited about. The best way to approach our season is the same step-by-step way as we did in 2015. I am excited to start the season and we do not have to wait too long. I am excited to start, excited to race and to try and defend my championship with the best support in the world.”

Tom Sykes, the 2013 world champion, stated: “I am very excited and motivated. Last year was a setback for me and the guys around me. Having said that, I am very blessed because I have certainly got the best people around me. Come rain or shine, and even on the difficult days, the guys patted me on the back. They know I give 100%. Likewise they always give their best. If you had a difficult season and still finished third in the championship it is also not so bad. Kawasaki has given me another fantastic tool; the new 2016 Ninja ZX-10R is absolutely fantastic. It is a bike I am very familiar with. It is a bike that feels almost replicated from our 2012, 2013 and 2014 development. The first laps were very exciting and from there on it just got better. Things have come easier for me and the lap times are already impressive and there is still work to be done. I definitely feel that with big help from the people around me, Kawasaki and all our technical sponsors we have the best chance and best package on the grid. Given the form we have had in recent testing this pre-season I cannot wait for it to begin.”

Kawasaki Crowned 2015 FIM World Superbike Manufacturer Champion

Kawasaki Crowned 2015 FIM World Superbike Manufacturer Champion


Irvine, California (October 21, 2015) – The 2015 FIM World Superbike (WSBK) season was a landmark for the Kawasaki Racing Team and its Ninja ZX-10R, as the iconic brand clinched its first ever Manufacturer Championship. The manufacturer’s title caps off one of the most dominant WSBK campaigns in history for Kawasaki as newly crowned 2015 World Champion Jonathan Rea won 14 races en route to his first WSBK title, while his teammate, Tom Sykes, collected four race wins during the 2015 season.

In 13 rounds of World Superbike Championship competition, Kawasaki captured a total of eight pole positions, finished on the podium an incredible 38 times and earned a series-leading 18 race wins, ultimately building a point’s lead of more than 100 points over the next manufacturer. The WSBK Manufacturer Championship is a coveted one for Kawasaki as it represents the highest level of competition for a production-based racing series in the world.

It was a wire-to-wire championship performance for Rea aboard his Ninja ZX-10R, clinching the title in Jerez, Spain, with two rounds remaining. In addition to his 14 race wins, Rea started in the pole position twice and finished on the podium a remarkable 23 times. Sykes made a late season charge to finish third in the championship; his season highlighted by four race wins, six pole appearances, and 15 podiums finishes throughout the championship.

“This season has been incredible to say the least,” said Rea. “The team and I worked extremely hard to win the championship and now for Kawasaki to be awarded the Manufacturer Championship is awesome and much overdue. My Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was outstanding all year and I’m happy my teammate and I could both be on the [championship] podium at the end of the year.”

Rea will return to defend his and Kawasaki’s WSBK titles and will be joined by Sykes when the series kicks off in 2016.

Kawasaki Racing Wins Big Worldwide

Kawasaki Racing Wins Big Worldwide


Irvine, CA (September 24, 2015) – It was an outstanding race weekend for Kawasaki in Jerez, Spain with Jonathan Rea clinching the 2015 FIM World Superbike Championship , Tom Sykes winning the Superpole and Race 1 and Kenan Sofuoglu winning the SuperSport race and extended his World SuperSport points lead. Over in France, the SRC Kawasaki team won the Bol d’Or 24 hour race, and in the U.S.A. Josh Grant won his first MXGP moto and finished second overall (Grant went 3-1) at the MXGP of Glen Helen, CA.

After an incredible season with many ups and downs, Rea crossed the finish line in Jerez in fourth to clinch his very first World Superbike Championship.

“This season has been incredible to say the least,” said Rea. “The team and I have been working so hard for this and to have finally achieve it leaves me speechless.”

Sofuoglu would be victorious again in Spain, extending his World SuperSport lead to 33 points over the American Patrick Jacobsen who sits second.

The FIM Endurance World Championship came to a close at the prestigious Bol d’Or in France, and after a demanding 24 hours it was SRC Kawasaki at the top spot of the podium. Kawasaki’s three riders Gregory Lablanc, Matthieu Lagrive and Fabien Foret couldn’t have been happier to get a win in their home country in front of all their family and fans.

The final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship concluded in the U.S.A. at the world renowned Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California. Local boy Josh Grant and his Monster Energy Kawasaki surprised no one as he qualified first for Sundays moto’s. Grant would ride to an impressive third place finish after leading a majority of the race in Moto 1 and would rebound in Moto 2 to take his first MXGP win, going 3-1 for second overall.

Misano Improves Circuit

WorldSBK analysis to predict MotoGP laptimes


Works of resurfacing of 4,226 meters on the international circuit has been completed last march. The project and site engineering is from designer Jarno Zaffelli, owner of the studio Dromo.

Misano World Circuit, September, 7th, 2015 – Just days before MotoGP will be held in Misano World Circuit, we tried to analyze the past to understand what could happen from tyros and lap times.

World SBK 2015 vs 2014 Laptime analysis – During last event on the new racetrack, 21st June 2015, the lap times of World Superbikes, Stock 1000, Supersport 600 has been compared against 2014. The results is that every category was faster than before, up to 2,5 seconds faster, in case of Superstock 1000.

Jarno Zaffelli: “Misano is now at the best of its form. Not only is faster, but all interventions, calculated with our certified softwares based on DroCAS™, are toward improvements in safety, active and passive.”

The Fastest Lap of Misano World Circuit has been recorded as 1′ 32.915 from Marc Marquez (MotoGP), Pol Espargaro (Moto 2) in 1′ 37.666 and Jonas Folger (Moto 3) in 1′ 42.707, all in 2013.

“Based on these facts, thanks to the design works entrusted to us (Dromo Circuit Design), we can expect an improvement of lap time from 0.7% up to 2.5% depending on the bike category and weather conditions. So watch your chrono and see if MotoGP will be able to destroy the barrier of 1′ 32.”

Completed Work:

– 53,000 square meters of asphalt with high adherence exclusive formulation salt and moisture-proof
– Run offs redesigned according to the calculations of DroCAS™ safety system to increase decelerating capacity while maintaining unaltered the spaces for maneuver in case of wide lines
– New Kerbs with embedded drainages and reprofiling of existing
– Reviewing the system of surface drainage
– Renovation of sections and profiles to increase the surface flatness
– Two new fittings, Brutapela and Acquedotto, introduce curves with original designs specifically designed for driving schools as GuidarePilotare
– New removable anti-skid paints in the starting grid
– Reprofiling of all curves to improve vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure

SBK15 Official Mobile Game

SBK15 Official Mobile Game
Come in first on Microsoft Lumia!


With over 4.5 million downloads under its belt and the support of passionate mobile gamers worldwide, the SBK Official Mobile Game opens a new season on Windows Phone.

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  • Speed through 13 real tracks from the eni FIM Superbike World Championship
  • Compete as one of the 27 official riders from 16 racing teams, including Aprilia Racing, Kawasaki Racing and PATA Honda
  • Master 4 game modes including Championship, Quick Race, Time Attack and Challenge, where you race against your friends’ and/or real SBK riders’ best laps
  • Leverage an advanced bike handling model and 9 control sets, offering a highly customizable gaming experience
  • Enjoy console-quality graphics with dynamic lighting
  • Cross-save and cross-play on iOS and Windows Phone devices

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Chaz Davies Celebrates First Podium at Phillip Island

The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team celebrates its first podium successes of the 2015 season with Chaz Davies at Phillip Island


Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 22 February 2015 – A fantastic start for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team today at Phillip Island, with Chaz Davies scoring two third place finishes in these opening races of the 2015 Superbike World Championship season.

Race 1 – Today’s races took place in hot conditions with track temperatures of 42°C for race one. Davies, from second on the grid, was lying third through the opening stages, right behind Haslam and Rea. This British trio battled it out for the podium positions for the entire duration of the race, passing and re-passing each other in what was a spectacular opening race. Welshman Chaz pushed hard all the way to the line but, struggling to find acceleration through the turns in the final laps, he was unable to get ahead of his rivals, crossing the line in third position. This is an important result both for the team, that opens the season in a positive way, and the rider, who steps up to the Phillip Island podium for the first time in his career.

Bayliss, twelfth on the grid, got away well and was up into seventh place by the second lap. The Australian rider battled with various riders throughout the race, Torres, Guintoli and Sykes included. Unfortunately tyre performance dropped off significantly in the later stages of the race and Troy gradually lost ground as a result. The three-times world champion crossed the line in final thirteenth position.

Race 2 – In race 2, and in very similar conditions, Davies made a strong start, and was up in second by the end of lap one, together with Rea and Haslam, as in race one. On lap two his pace was such as to record the best lap of the race (1’31.725). The Ducati rider was lapping in third/fourth position for a good part of the race and, able to manage the tyre situation effectively, he even took the race lead at one point in the final stages. A fantastic battle to the line ensued, and saw Chaz finish once more on the third step of the podium, earning himself more important points for the championship.

Bayliss made up several positions in the initial stages and was lying eighth through the opening laps. Similarly to race one, he started to suffer from significant tyre wear towards the mid-race point with the situation becoming serious enough for him to return to the garage on lap thirteen for a tyre change. Returning to the track in eighteenth place, he could only do so much in the limited time remaining, finishing his race in sixteenth place.

At the end of the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship, Davies lies third with 32 points, and Troy Bayliss takes 3 points to place nineteenth. In the manufacturer’s championship, Ducati positions third with a total of 32 points.

The next appointment for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team will be Round 2 of the championship, taking place at the Chang International circuit in Buriram, Thailand over the weekend of 20-22 March.

Quotes after the races:

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 3rd, 3rd
“I’m finally on the podium at Phillip Island, and twice over – having tried every year to get here, I’ve finally done it. I would have liked to be able to do something more but it wasn’t possible, I was just missing a little more drive in the final laps and tried to conserve the tyres as well as I could. I personally have always started the championship a little badly and so this result is extremely important. It confirms that we are starting at a different level with respect to last year, and I was able to stick there with Rea fairly comfortably. We’re worked hard this weekend, concentrated on race distance, and it seems to have paid off. I thank my whole team but also all of the technicians back at Borgo Panigale for their hard work over the winter. The results obtained here are a good base on which to build.”

Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #21) – 13th, 16th
“I’m feeling a real mix of emotions at the end of the weekend. I came here to have fun, and for the fans and the Phillip Island circuit. I thought that maybe I wouldn’t have the pace to be able to run with these guys anymore but instead I’ve seen that I can still be fast and, if it hadn’t been for the tyre issue, I think I could have done a lot more. So I don’t know, it’s a pity I didn’t have more time on track, and I didn’t have time to train properly ahead of the event of course, but all in all it’s been a really fun weekend, and in many ways it feels like nothing has changed since 2008. I thank Ducati for giving me the opportunity and also all of the fans and ducatisti for their continued support.”

Stefano Cecconi – Team Principal
“I think we can say that the Superbike season has got off to a great start for us here. Chaz was fantastic in both Superpole and today’s races, and his results here demonstrate that all of the work done over the winter is taking us in the right direction. Particular thanks go to Troy, for what he has done – he’s definitely lived up to reputation as a legend. Our thoughts go to Davide of course, and we hope he can be back on the bike as soon as possible.”

Final Day of Testing for the WSBK Ducati Team


Final day of testing for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team and Davies at Phillip Island

Phillip Island (Australia), Tuesday 17 February 2015 – The final pre-season tests have concluded for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team and rider Chaz Davies at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island, with positive results. The team confirms that unfortunately Davide Giugliano will be unable to race this coming weekend.

The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team and factory rider Chaz Davies made the most of the dry conditions (air temperature 22°C, track 32°C), working hard to make final preparations ahead of the opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship.

Giugliano, who suffered a highside at the start of yesterday afternoon’s session, was transferred to Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where a CAT scan unfortunately revealed fractures of the L1 and L2 vertebrae. As a result, the team confirms that unfortunately the Italian rider will be unable to participate in the opening round of the 2015 championship this coming weekend. At this time the team does not plan to substitute Davide with any other rider at Phillip Island and counts on him being able to take part in Round 2 in Thailand next month.

On track today Davies and his technicians focused on race distance with a view to Sunday’s two 22-lap races. In this morning’s session, Davies found good pace, improving both his feeling with the Ducati Panigale R and his lap times. He ended the session in fifth position, with a best time of 1’31.296, almost a second faster than his best time set yesterday.

The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike rider then carried out series of laps in the final session to better understand tyre durability, before concluding the tests in overall sixth position. Satisfied with the results achieved so far, Davies will return to the track on Friday to take part in the first timed practice sessions of Round 1 of the 2015 championship.

Quotes at the end of testing:

Chaz Davies – (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #7)
“This morning we made a couple of positive steps forward and, by modifying the front end of the bike, I was able to find the feeling that I was missing yesterday afternoon. I put together a series of laps this afternoon and am feeling fairly confident in terms of race distance but we need to take the positives from this morning’s session and move in that direction. We’ve definitely got a lot done here and I feel like we are a lot clearer about what’s working and what’s not, which is obviously a great way to finish the tests. When we return to the track on Friday I hope we can concentrate on the best that we’ve found in these tests and take it from there.”

Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #34)
“It won’t be easy to follow the first two races of the season as a spectator. It’s a real shame because I was feeling comfortable with the bike and the development work begun here was going really well. What can I say? Luckily my physical condition is not so serious and this is the most important thing. Unfortunately I have to sit out the Phillip Island races and now I must focus on recovering in order to get back on track as soon as possible.”

Ernesto Marinelli – Ducati Superbike Project Director
“Davide’s crash has come as a blow right before the opening round but unfortunately this is racing and we know these things can happen. The important thing is to understand the treatment he needs in order to be back on the bike as quickly as possible. The tests have provided us with a great deal of information, we’ve introduced some new components at the rear of the bike and developed the set-up as a result with some positive feedback from our riders. The races here at Phillip Island will be tough, as ever, but we’ll do our best to be as prepared as possible.”

The Aruba.it Racing Ducati Superbike Team

The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team

• The presentation of the official team took place at the Aruba Data Center.
• The event was broadcast in live streaming on new website www.arubaracing.it.
• The new livery of Davies’ and Giugliano’s Ducati Panigale R bikes was unveiled.

Davies and Giugliano
Davies and Giugliano

Borgo Panigale/Arezzo (Italy), 2 February 2015: The Aruba Data Center in Arezzo today hosted the presentation of the new Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team, the only official Ducati team in the 2015 Superbike World Championship.

The agreement between Ducati and Aruba, Italy’s leading web hosting and cloud services company, will last three years.
During the event, in the presence of media representatives from the two sectors (Motorsport and Information Technology), as well as team sponsors and partners, the team illustrated its sporting plans and technical innovations for the 2015 Superbike Championship, which will get underway on 22 February at Phillip Island in Australia.

The two riders, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, then revealed the new livery of the factory Panigale R of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team.

Stefano Cecconi, CEO of Aruba S.p.A and Team Principal, acted as host, explaining the reasons that have led his company to participate together with Ducati in the world championship for production-derived bikes.

Stefano Cecconi: “Over the years our company has achieved important results on a national level, with hosting services that include web sites, datacenters, certified email and digital signatures. More recently, thanks to some acquisitions and the success of our cloud services, we have started a process of international expansion, opening several bases and data centers overseas. In November last year we won the tender to become the registrar of “.cloud” domains, a service aimed at a world market.
We therefore needed a new and efficient way to support all of this from an image and communications stand point. It was only natural to consider the world of motorsport, not just a very popular sport, but one that also has a strong technological component of innovation, research and development, As a fan, I knew the Superbike championship very well and had no doubts about its suitability, not just because it is a global event with the right coverage, but also and above all because – and here the project turned into the dream – it could perhaps allow us to participate with a much more active role. The initial idea was to create our own private team, a difficult but not impossible project. We were heading along that path and were in contact with many teams and riders, as well as several manufacturers: in the end we chose Ducati.
During the course of our discussions with Ducati we decided together that perhaps we could do something better, combining and sharing our forces to the benefit of the factory team.
And it is for this reason that we are particularly pleased today: because we are not just realizing a project or a dream, but the end result of all this is so much more than we had dared to imagine. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team is born.”

Next to take the stage was Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, who highlighted the positive sales figures achieved by Ducati in 2014 and underlined the importance of World Superbike for Ducati.

Claudio Domenicali: “We are particularly pleased with our agreement with Aruba, also because both companies share a significant series of values, ranging from technological avant-garde in our respective sectors to the ability to offer ‘made in Italy’ excellence, operating with passion and com-petence to ensure the satisfaction of our users and clients across the world.

2014 closed very positively for Ducati, in that we achieved a new sales record, delivering 45,100 bikes to customers, a 2% increase with respect to 2013, and we have confirmed the growth trend for the fifth consecutive year. An increment also linked to the integration of new products that, despite the uncertainty of the market, have contributed to the achievement of this important result for Ducati. During the course of 2015, we will start to deliver the new models that we recently presented, among which the Scrambler, Multistrada and the new Panigale 1299, perfect for use on both the road and the track. For customers who prefer more extreme track use, we have further evolved the Panigale R, which has improved in many ways and which maintains the maximum displacement permitted by the Superbike regulations (1199 cc).

The Superbike World Championship is very important for Ducati and for our history: we have won 14 riders’ titles and 17 manufacturers’ titles and we absolutely want to win again with the Panigale. The three-year agreement with Aruba is the ideal platform to continue this commitment and return as frontrunners in the championship.

I would like to close by personally thanking Stefano Cecconi and welcoming Aruba, one of our most important partners. I wish our riders Chaz and Davide and the entire Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team the very best of luck.”

Then, Luigi Dall’Igna (General Manager of Ducati Corse) explained the increased involvement of the entire Ducati Corse structure in the Superbike project, also in the light of the new technical regulations.

Luigi Dall’Igna: “The new regulations introduced for the 2015 season will bring Superbikes very close to production models in terms of preparation and also introduce a price-cap for some tech-nical components. In this difficult economic period, I believe that this is the right path to take with a view to keeping costs under control and levelling the playing field. The reorganization that has taken place inside Ducati Corse over recent months means that we can now better capitalize on the synergies between the engineers who work at the Ducati factory and those working at the tracks, for the benefit of the entire Superbike programme. We have also extended to Superbike our partnership with Akrapovič, with whom we have collaborated in MotoGP since last year, and together we have developed a new exhaust that has already given excellent results in the winter tests. Our aim for 2015, which is shared with our new partner Aruba, at this point can only be one: to win again and be protagonists in the championship this season.”

Paolo Ciabatti (Sporting Director of Ducati Corse) and Ernesto Marinelli (Ducati Corse Superbike Project Director) then spoke in more detail about sporting activities and the technical evolution of the new Panigale R.

Paolo Ciabatti: “After a difficult 2013 season, last year we returned to Superbike in an official capacity. We resumed our collaboration with Feel Racing, the technical and logistical structure historically tied to Ducati, and during the season we scored some encouraging results, with six podiums and two pole positions. This year we have reached an important agreement with Aruba, a company that has also become our partner in the management of the team and which will help us in the field of communication, and obviously our ambitions are now much higher, because we want to fight for the title with the Panigale. Together with Aruba we have also shared the decision to give continuity to the organization of the team and we are very satisfied to be able to continue working with Feel Racing and with the same riders as last year, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, because we believe that they have the talent to aim for the podium in every race.”

Ernesto Marinelli: “The 2015 Panigale R Superbike is an evolved version of the one we raced in 2014. We have come into line with the new technical regulations and, as well as the normal suspension, brakes and chassis upgrades, the three areas where we have made the biggest changes are the new electronics, the engine and the new exhaust system, which has come from the collaboration with Akrapovič. The electronics package has been totally revised, also because a €8000 price-cap has been introduced by the regulations. Many components have been changed, in particular the sensors, including the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) platform, which is now in common with production bikes, as well as the new Magneti Marelli MLE, which costs less than a third of the one used last year. Despite the significant difference in price, we have however been able to maintain virtually the same management strategies and update them with new settings. The engine is not as highly tuned as before and is closer to the production engine of the new Panigale R, using the same pistons, but in any case we have succeeded in maintaining the same maximum power output as the 2014 bike.”

After unveiling the new livery of the factory Ducati Panigale R bikes, team riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano spoke about the positive results seen in the recent Portimao and Jerez tests and their expectations for the 2015 championship.

Chaz Davies: “We’ve worked very well over the winter and I think that we’re on the right track so to speak. I’m very confident about the upcoming season, and I am sure that we can fight for the positions that count every weekend. The new livery of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team Panigale R bikes is really great and very aggressive and now I cannot wait to get on track in Australia for the first races of the 2015 season!”

Davide Giugliano: “We’ve made good progress during the winter tests, especially last week in Jerez where I had strong pace and felt already totally at ease on my bike. I must thank all of the guys in Ducati, because they have worked tirelessly over the winter in order to provide us with these fantastic Panigale R bikes. As an Italian rider, with an Italian team, it will be my honour to race with the Ducati for a second consecutive season; we’ll be doing all we can to bring home the best possible results for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team.”

The presentation was broadcast in live streaming on the team’s new website, www.arubaracing.it, providing both the press and the many fans across the world with the chance to watch the event live.

In a few days’ time, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team will travel to Australia, where the final winter test sessions will take place at Phillip Island on 16 and 17 February, followed by the opening round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship, to take place over the weekend of 20-22 February at the same track.