News 6 Oct 2011

Ducati celebrates dual world championship wins with the 1198

Spain's Carlos Checa won his maiden Superbike World Championship on Sunday at Magny-Cours.

Spain's Carlos Checa won his maiden Superbike World Championship on Sunday at Magny-Cours.

Ducati bosses are celebrating the world championship victories of Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano, paying tribute to both the riders and the 1198 model.

Checa wrapped up the Superbike World Championship with a sterling clean-sweep at Magny-Cours last Sunday, while Giugliano clinched the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup – both for Althea Racing Ducati.

President and CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, Gabriele Del Torchio, spoke of his satisfaction in claiming the double titles.

“I am very happy for the Riders’ title and extremely proud of the Manufacturers’ title,” Del Torchio said. “This significant achievement has now proved for the 17th time, Ducati’s supremacy in the production-based series and confirmed the success of the 1198, not only on the track, but also commercially and as an example of our Italian design and creativity.

“Carlos has been fantastic. He is an exceptional rider, always professional and always a true ‘Ducatista’ by displaying the same determination and spirit as our company and our motorcycles. Thanks again Carlos and particular thanks to everyone at Team Althea Racing and Ducati Corse and all the staff at Ducati who have contributed to this fantastic result.

“Winning the Riders’ and Manufacturers’ titles also in Superstock today have truly made this a fantastic Sunday and a memorable event that is very important for our company and our twin-cylinder heritage.”

Ducati Corse general director Filippo Preziosi also admitted his pleasure at winning both titles with the 1198.

“A big thank you to Carlos who sincerely deserves this victory, both as a rider and as a person,” said Preziosi. “A big thanks also to Team Althea principle, Genesio Bevilaqua, for the passion with which he entered this adventure with us, for believing in Carlos and believing in Ducati.

“Thanks also to everyone in Ducati Corse working on the Superbike project, Ernesto Marinelli, Marco Lozej and the whole development team for the professionalism and passion needed to win this new world title.

“Our achievements today are even more enhanced by the victories also in Superstock, making this a day that will live forever in our list of achievements and one that we’ll always remember.”