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  • Ducati headquarters in Bologna, Italy

    The Volkswagen Group has ruled out selling Ducati following strong opposition from the Italian motorcycle brand’s labor union, FIOM CIGL. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali made the announcement to staff on Friday, union representative Bruno Papignani confirmed to Bloomberg. Helping to sway the decision was the support of FIOM CIGL by IG Metall, a powerful labor union in Germany representing staff from several VW Group brands. The VW Group purchased Ducati in 2012 for approximately $935 million and since then has increased the number of employees from 1,197 to 1,558. The automaker started...

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    Report: Harley-Davidson eyes Ducati

    More evidence has emerged suggesting that the Volkswagen Group is about to sell Ducati. Following a report in April that the VW Group had hired an investment to explore options for Ducati, which it purchased in 2012 for approximately $935 million, Harley-Davidson is now in the headlines about a...

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    Report: Volkswagen Group mulls Ducati sale

    Facing costs exceeding $20 billion in the United States alone due to its diesel emissions scandal, plus a hefty bill to develop new electric car technology, the Volkswagen Group has been cutting back on staff and niche products to preserve cash. There’s always been talk that the VW Group...

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    Volkswagen Group To Be Reorganized, Four Smaller Structures Possible: Report

    The Volkswagen Group controls more than a dozen brands and has more than half a million employees around the globe. Understandably, such complexity is difficult to oversee from a central hub which is why we may see the automaker’s management and corporate structure reorganized into four...

  • Audi and Ducati #cometogether on Pikes Peak
    Audi And Ducati Celebrate Pikes Peak Rendezvous With Contest

    Audi and motorcycle manufacturer Ducati both have a history of tackling the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. Now that the brands are under one roof, it makes perfect sense to use this year’s event to highlight both Audi’s newest sports car, the RS5, and Ducati’s fastest...

  • Chris Harris drag races the Porsche 911 GT2 RS against the Ducati 1199 Panigale
    Porsche 911 GT2 RS drag races Ducati superbike

    Proclaiming drag races to be "Internet gold," Chris Harris proceeds to grace us with a good one: the Porsche 911 GT2 RS against the Ducati 1199 Panigale. He's not wrong. While the GT2 RS packs 611 horsepower at the rear, and weighs 3,170 pounds, the Ducati's power-to-weight ratio is even better...

  • Ben Spies photo courtesy MotoGP

    With the game of "musical saddles" already begun in MotoGP, some riders are certainly working to save their seats, including American Ben Spies of Factory Yamaha Racing. The defending winner of the Iveco TT Assen, Spies led all comers in practice on Thursday with second practice time of 1:34.866, just 0.006 seconds ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the Monster Tech3 Yamaha satellite motorcycle's time of 1:34.872. Nicky Hayden's Ducati came third at 1:34.968, only 0.102 behind Spies. Alvaro Bautista continued to show his comfort with the San Carlo Gresini Honda satellite bike with his fourth-best time...

  • Casey Stoner photo courtesy Bridgestone
    Stoner Storms To MotoGP Catalunya Pole

    Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner continues to conquer Spain, earning pole position for Sunday's Grand Prix of Catalunya, round No. 5 in the MotoGP championship. Reigning (and soon to be retiring) world champ Stoner has won every Spanish race over the past 12 months and secured his second pole of the...

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    Ferrari, Maserati and Ducati Halt Production In Wake Of Latest Earthquake

    A new earthquake struck northern Italy this morning, killing 15 people and toppling buildings in the Emilia Romagna region. The quake, which measured 5.8 on the Richter scale, hit the Modena province at 9 a.m. local time. Bloomberg News reports that the quake was centered near the towns of Cavezzo...

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    Ducati Team Completes Two-Day Mugello Test

    The Ducati MotoGP team intended to test earlier in the month of May but were foiled by rain. Undertaking a two-day scheduled session on the Mugello circuit, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were met at the Italian track by--you guessed it, wet conditions on the first attempt. Fortunately sunshine...

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    Mercedes And AMG Cut Ties With Ducati

    Ever since Mercedes-Benz’s performance offshoot AMG announced its co-branding deal with Ducati in November of 2010, there’s been talk that the alliance was simply a precursor to the eventual takeover of the Italian motorbike manufacturer by Mercedes’ parent company Daimler. Any...

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    It's Official: Audi Really Is Buying Ducati

    It’s been the worst-kept secret in the automotive industry, but now it’s official: luxury automaker Audi is buying Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati. While details of the sale haven’t officially been disclosed, Reuters is reporting that Audi paid some 860 million euros ($1.13...

  • MotoGP Class of 2012 - Courtesy MotoGP

    New motorcycles, new engines, new tire compounds--and the same result for the first practice of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship. Casey Stoner rode his Repsol Honda to the fastest lap--a 1:56.474--in the closing minutes of the 45-minute flood-lit session at Losail circuit in Qatar. "The track tonight wasn't so bad--I expected the conditions to be much worse but in general it was okay," Stoner said. "This is a positive point for the weekend but with such a short session and then nothing until tomorrow it's slightly strange. We'll have to wait for some real track time and with the conditions...

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    Fiat Heir Lapo Elkann Considers Bid For Ducati

    Italian motorcycle maker Ducati is rumored to be up for grabs, with numerous automakers cited as interested bidders. Daimler was one of the first names dropped, since Ducati already has a co-marketing arrangement with the Mercedes-Benz tuning arm, AMG. As quickly as that particular rumor surfaced...

  • AMG and Ducati announce partnership
    Daimler Denies Interest In Ducati Takeover

    Ever since Mercedes-Benz’s performance offshoot AMG announced its co-branding deal with Ducati in November of 2011, there has been talk that the alliance was simply a precursor to the eventual takeover of the Italian motorbike manufacturer by Mercedes’ parent company Daimler. Rumors of...

  • Casey Stoner photo courtesy MotoGP
    MotoGP Wraps Second Sepang Test - Stoner Tops Field

    After a second three-day test at Sepang, held under hot and dry conditions today after contending with rain the first two days of the test, it appears the MotoGP chase belongs to the Honda and Yamaha camps once again. Repsol Honda led the first day of testing with Casey Stoner and Dai Pedrosa both...

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    Nicky Hayden Undergoes Left Shoulder Surgery To Speed Recovery

    Nicky Hayden's body has been letting him down and hindering his test participation in anticipation of the 2012 MotoGP season. Hayden took minimal laps at the helm of the Ducati GP12 during the three-day test at Sepang International Circuit this past week. Lacking strength to ride well, Hayden...

  • Jorge Lorenzo photo courtesy MotoGP
    MotoGP Test At Malaysia Concludes - Stoner Still On Top

    MotoGP completed its first official hot weather test leading to the start of the 2012 season on the Sepang International Circuit with the new 1000-cc motorcycles noticeably quicker than the 800-cc machines they replaced. The top four riders handily beat the best lap on the road course set by...

  • Casey Stoner photo courtesy MotoGP

    The strained back muscle that kept reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner out of action on Tuesday recovered sufficiently to have the Australian lead all comers in the second day of pre-season testing on the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. "It was great to be able to ride today and everything went pretty well, although I would have liked to have done a few more laps," Stoner said. "We spent most of the day on the new chassis, comparing it back to back with the one we had in Valencia; we found a good direction and where we want to go." By the end of the day Stoner worked his way to...

  • Jorge Lorenzo photo courtesy MotoGP
    MotoGP Teams Test At Sepang International Circuit

    MotoGP got into the swing of the 2012 season with testing of its new 1000-cc engines, new CRT teams and new riders at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. With reigning titleholder and Honda rider Casey Stoner sitting out the test sessions after pulling a muscle in his back while warming up for his...

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    MotoGP Announces Rider Assignments For 2012 Season

    With a shrinking field of motorcycles in the FIM MotoGP series, it was necessary to make changes to the rules in order to increase grids and add more excitement. After all, who wants to watch 10-12 or even 14 motorcycles vying on a long race track? The FIM decided to allow Claiming Rule Teams (CRT)...

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    Preziosi Discusses New Ducati MotoGP Bike

    On the second day of the Wrooom press ski meeting held at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy, Ducati Corse general manager Filippo Preziosi spoke about the technical aspects of the Desmosedici GP12 that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will ride in the upcoming season of MotoGP competition, a season...

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    MotoGP Star Nicky Hayden Injured In Training Incident

    The 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden suffered injuries during a training mishap near his Owensboro, Kentucky home on Tuesday, December 27. Hayden broke his left scapula and fractured two ribs while training at a private indoor flat track facility. He was riding a motorcycle for the first...

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    Mercedes-Benz And Ducati Strengthen Partnership At Bologna Motor Show

    Mercedes-Benz and Ducati are building on the cooperative agreement set up between the brands at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show.

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