Posted on June 03, 2016
We’re glad to announce that starting from the 9th of June Ducati – 90th Anniversary will be available in all Digital Stores for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system for €39,99 and Windows PC®/STEAM™ for €19,99.
The wait is over! Live the Ducati dream with Milestone!
Posted on May 23, 2016
The 39 bike models that will race this June in Ducati – 90th Anniversary, 26 of which never seen before, are finally here.
Divided into six eras, plus a specific category for victories in official competitions, they retrace Ducati’s history back to the 50’s.
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Posted on May 13, 2016
Milestone invites you to experience Ducati – 90th Anniversary directly in its offices in Milan, on May the 27th, 2016. You will have the opportunity to test the game dedicated to Ducati’s ninetieth anniversary before its release, scheduled for June 2016.
A day where you will have a chance to try the 39 bikes that enrich this Ride spin-off, the new exclusive circuit, Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli, and ask questions to the team.
If you want to take part in the event, all you need to do is send to this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) your answers to three simple questions, adding your age, your home address and the scanning of an identity document.
1 – How often do you play video games?
2 – Are you a Ducati owner? What model do you have?
3 – What is the Ducati of your dreams?
The subscription will last until the 20th of may, 12pm. Be quick!
Travel, overnight accommodation, breakfast and lunch will be offered by Milestone.
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Posted on May 04, 2016
Milestone and Ducati are glad to announce Ducati – 90th Anniversary The Official Videogame. The game will be available on digital store starting from June 1st 2016 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, and Windows PC/STEAM™.
From the developers of RIDE and the Ducati Passion, comes to life Ducati – 90th Anniversary The Official Videogame, a spin-off fully devoted to the historical brand Ducati. Almost a century of legends packed into a single videogame!
There will be several contents included into this brand new title made by Milestone Studios. Race with the most iconic bikes thanks to 39 different bike models featured into the Game, whereof 29 new models. These vehicles will be divided into 7 big ERAS, from the ‘50s till the big victories, where you can find the bike of your dream . You can race and enjoy the power of the 125 Desmo (1958), 500 Pantah (1970), 70 F1 (1980), Monster 900 (1990), Monster S4RS Tricolore 848 (2000), 1199 Panigale Superleggera (Modern Era), Desmosecidici GP15 (Dovizioso) and much much more.
Racing the bikes is not enough, you need to grip the road with 5 countryside tracks (Parco dello Stelvio, Templi di Kanto, Sierra Nevada, Riviera Francese and Galles del Nord) and 8 Official circuit faitfully reproduced (Imola, Potrero de Los Funes, Alméria, Road America, Magny Cours, Donington e Sugo). There’s more. The game will feature a new exclusive track, the temple of the Italian Speed and the autodrome beloved by Ducati fans: Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli. Relive the accomplishments of Ducati heroes.
Ducati is passion and history and here comes the exclusive Museum, for the first time included into a racing videogame. A space dedicated to fans and racing lovers who’s will have the chance to discover all the technical and historical details, and the curiosity that have made popular each vehicle.
The game modes will drive the player in a journey through the most relevant moment of Ducati history and for this reason it includes:
– Two offline quick race game modes: Quick Race & Time Trial
– An Online game mode with leaderboards to challenge the friends
– The Ducati World Tour: this is the beating heart of the game that offer the chance to race on Single Race, Championship, Time Attack, Track Day and Head to Head for a deep and fueled charged Red Ducati experience.
What are you waiting for? Get into the history and live the Ducati Dream made by Milestone.
DUCATI – 90th AnniversaryRe-live Ducati’s dream
Being a Ducati fan means many things, but most of all it means to share a passion, an absolute faith for a unique way of engineering motorcycles. On the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of the Borgo Panigale’s factory Milestone presents DUCATI – 90th Anniversary, a Ride spin-off intended to enclose almost a century of legendary achievements: a stand alone experience created to retrace Ducati’s history through its main moments of evolution and its iconic models.
DUCATI – 90th Anniversary, as a spin-off, offers the driving style that has already won over the players paired with a selection of the most significant Ducati models, including some icons of the past never seen in a video game before.
DUCATI – 90th Anniversary is a videogame dedicated to motorbikes lovers and racing fans: DUCATI – 90th Anniversary is a game for those who want to relive a DREAM that has lasted for ninety years, and still lives on.
BikesThe MODELS THAT HAVE MADE HISTORY
DUCATI – 90th Anniversary will include 39 motorcycles divided into different levels of performance and grouped in different eras, from the 50s to today, including the bikes of the professional riders who have written the history of the Italian brand.
PisteTracksMILES OF TARMAC
DUCATI – 90th Anniversary will include 9 faithfully reproduced official circuits and 5 towns tracks where the players will have a chance to test their driving skills.
1926, Bologna. The Ducati family and other investors from Bologna founded the “Società Radio Brevetti Ducati” with the goal of industrially producing components for the booming radio industry, based on Adriano Ducati’s patents.
The first product – the Manens condenser for radio equipment – obtained great global success and was immediately followed by others, enabling the company to expand rapidly and gain the respect of the international industrial community. On 1 June 1935, the first stone was laid for the Borgo Panigale factory. The Second World War proved fatal for the Borgo Panigale factories, which were heavily damaged in 1944. Fortunately, the Ducati brothers had been studying and designing new products to offer on international markets at the end of the conflict throughout the war. In September 1946, the Cucciolo made its debut at the Milan trade fair: the small auxiliary engine for bicycles would go on to become world-famous. But Ducati’s real sporting history started in 1955. Everything that had occurred up until then is considered a simple prelude.
During the 50s, Europe was overcome with a passion for racing, with events such as the “Milan-Taranto” and the “Motogiro D’Italia” – Gran Fondo races which attracted legions of fans and riders alike. It was in this context that the then President of Ducati, Giuseppe Montano, hired a young engineer by the name of Fabio Taglioni. His mission was to produce a motorcycle that was capable of winning races, but also suitable for mass production at the same time. Taglioni decided to develop a bike with a 100 cc single-camshaft, bevel-geared engine: the result was the Gran Sport 100, or Marianna. It was an incredible success: the 100 cc version, ridden by Gianni Degli Antoni at the 1955 MotoGiro, managed to beat plenty of 250s with a notable average speed of 98.9 Km/h.
The Ducati 125 Gran Prix Desmo was the bike chosen to take on the hefty responsibility of being the Gran Sport Marianna’s successor: with a 124.6 cc single cylinder desmodromic engine, the 125 Desmo reached 19.8 hp at 13,800 rpm, with a top speed of 185 Km/h.
During the 70s, Checco Costa, Ducati’s sporting director at the time, decided to import the “200” format to Italy, inspired by the competitions taking place in the US. This kind of race was not present in Europe at the time. The track chosen was the Imola motor racing circuit: from its very first edition in 1972, the competition was a success, attracting the attention of motorbike manufacturers from all over the world. Soon enough, Ducati became aware of its potential and decided to participate with a specially prepared bike: the 750 Imola Desmo. With production engine and frame, the bike was lightened and modified in the most extreme of details. It had a 747 cc 90° L-twin engine with light alloy heads and cylinders.
Its power output was notable for the time (82 hp at 9000 rpm) and Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari, two of the four riders hired by Ducati that year, placed first and second that year respectively. With a time of 2h 02′ 26″, Smart recorded a performance which would only be beaten in 1973.
After victory in the first Imola 200, much curiosity was aroused regarding the bike which beat all opponents, used by two different riders. Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari finished first and second after a heated battle right up to the last lap, when the Italian rider ran out of petrol in the last few metres. This is how the Ducati 750SS came to be, produced starting in 1973 and equipped with an engine derived from the GT 750: its 90° V-twin engine with desmodromic distribution reached 72 hp at 9500 rpm, a characteristic which made it one of the most sought-after bikes at the time. The frame was derived from the 750 Sport, with a tubular steel trellis open cradle structure, with the added peculiarity of a fork with central pivot.
The Ducati 900 SS joined the 750 SS, two years from its market launch.
In 1978 Mike Hailwood™, who grew up with Ducati single-cylinder bikes, got back in the saddle once more at the “Tourist Trophy” and, thrilling public and fans alike, won the Formula 1 TT on the legendary “Mountain”. The bike was a 900 cc Super Sport. To commemorate his exceptional achievement, Ducati produced the splendid 900 Mike Hailwood™ Replica.
With design starting in 1976, the Ducati Pantah had a surprising engine, which would become forefather of a generation of engines which remain on the market today, albeit evolved in every facet. Fabio Taglioni’s engine was the cornerstone of the project. He was the first engineer to use desmodromic distribution at Ducati. It is based on a 90° V-twin, whose desmodromic distribution and gearbox were ambitiously redesigned. The Ducati 500 Pantah only arrived on the market in 1979. To resolve any complications that arose, engineers inverted the engine rotation and replaced the distribution chain with a toothed belt. Even without an engine ready, the Pantah appeared at the Milan trade fair in 1977, arousing much curiosity, which would only be satisfied two years later.
Ducati was purchased by Claudio and Gianfranco Castiglioni and became a part of the Cagiva group in 1985. The company therefore moved into the hands of two great motorbike racing fans who would bring the brand to the splendour of the Superbike era. The adventure started in 1988 with Marco Lucchinelli, who brought the 851 to light, created by Massimo Bordi. Ducati increased its presence in the motorcycle sector under Castiglioni management, introducing new models, broadening the larger engine size offer and naturally reconfirming its commitment to the sports bike sector.
In 1981, after introducing the first Ducati with a trellis frame, the 500 SL Pantah in 1979, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer began to show interest in Formula TT – for racing bikes derived from standard production. And so the 600 TT2 model was born. It was unbeatable between 1981 and 1984. In 1983, Ducati began development of the 750 cc versions, calling them TT1 and F1. The Ducati 750 F1 is a bike which took in all the previous years’ progress and made its debut in 1984. Engine size was increased to 748 cc, with an air-cooled L-twin four-stroke derived from the Pantah. Power output was 80 hp at 10,000 rpm, optimised thanks to the desmodromic distribution. The frame was enlarged in the commercial version for more space, supplied with a 38 mm Marzocchi fork and Cantilever swing arm with oleo-pneumatic shock absorber.
Ducati revamped its bikes’ lines with the 1985 move to Cagiva: the first project to be unveiled was the 750 Paso, designed by Massimo Tamburini, one of Bimota’s founders. Tamburini was one of the first to integrate indicators into the mirrors (an idea that is still used in plenty of sporting bikes), making a large contribution to the evolution of Ducati trellis frames. The wording “Paso” comes from Renzo Pasolini, a rider born in Rimini who prematurely passed away in Monza in 1973.
The end of the 80s sanctioned the handover between Fabio Taglioni and the engineers Bordi and Mengoli. The former was the founder of one of Ducati’s cornerstones, that is, desmodromic distribution, present to this day. The latter are the designers of its most important progression, named the Desmoquattro. The Ducati 851’s twin engine had not one, but two valves per cylinder: this is where the Desmoquattro name comes from. With an engine size of 851 cc, the Ducati 851 goes over 260 km/h thanks to 128 hp at 11,500 rpm.
Starting in 1990, Ducati’s work in the SBK championship was so good that, after just two years, they were able to achieve a dreamlike first title with the Ducati 851, the first twin bike equipped with a Desmoquattro four-valve engine. The French rider, Raymond Roche, won the first rider championship for the Bologna manufacturer in 1990. With a 888 cc engine, the Ducati 851 SP2 is a souped up version of the base model.
The bike was made to take advantage of the new rules in the Italian Sport Production Championship, which in 1989 started to allow twin models with engine size greater than 750 cc to race in the 750 cc class. Following this came Ducati’s vertiginous rise to the championship for bikes derived from series production. Ducati recorded an impressive number of titles with the 851, 888, 916 and 996 models over this period, with riders who would go on to become SBK legends – primarily Carl Fogarty, but also Doug Polen and Troy Corser. Ducati created one of the greatest, most intense periods of their history with the production of street bikes. Based on competition experience, the 851 and 888 became the first street Superbikes available to the wider public.
The Monster was born in 1993, considered by all to be the Borgo Panigale manufacturer’s greatest commercial success. This was followed in 1994 by the 916, the bike which rewrote history for street bikes in the 90s, and which is still considered one of the most beautiful motorbikes ever designed. From a technical point of view, it is a union of the engineers’ know-how at Ducati at the time, starting with the engine, which was derived from Supersport: a 940 cc L-twin, the so-called “Pompone”, air-oil cooled and with desmodromic distribution, capable of reaching 76.5 hp at 7000 rpm. The frame derives from the matching 851/888, with a trellis of steel tubes adapted for the occasion, upside-down Showa hydraulic fork and a swing arm with progressive damping, also supplied by the Japanese manufacturer.
Today, the Monster brand has sold more than 200,000 models all over the world, becoming the greatest commercially successful Ducati model.
In 2001, Ducati celebrated the production of 100,000 Monsters since 1993 and introduced the Multistrada. Leading the races, with a fantastic double victory in Assen, Troy Bayliss won the Superbike World Championship and Ducati Corse announced their intention to participate in the MotoGP World Championship from 2003, with the new Desmosedici engine. 2001 will also be remembered as the year of the death of Bruno Cavalieri Ducati, the last of the company’s three founding brothers, as well as Fabio Taglioni, inventor of the 90° L-twin engine.
The Ducati 999R, the sporty version of the Ducati 999, released in 2002, is a bike born on the track. Put to the test by Superbike riders from the Bologna manufacturer, it was only made suitable for road use afterwards. Specifically, this version is based on the Ducati 999 enrolled in the 2004 AMA Superbike Championship.
The 999 model was designed with the precise intent of winning the Superbike championship against the competing Japanese four-cylinder engines. The bike also gets very close to the figures of a real competition bike in its street version. The Ducati PaulSmart 1000 is a real rarity: a tribute to the Ducati 750 ridden to victory by Paul Smart in 1972, there have been just 2000 models produced. The British rider, after a few excellent results in the Tourist Trophy – including a second place in the Production TT 750 in 1967 – was hired by Ducati to compete in the first Imola 200. That time, Ducati placed two riders on the podium, with Smart on the top step and Bruno Spiaggiari second.
In 2001, Ducati created a great deal of fuss by announcing the start of the project that would lead the Desmosedici to take part in the MotoGP championship in 2003. The bike demonstrated extraordinary power on its debut. It was clearly evident that (designed by the engineer Filippo Preziosi) it had everything needed to be a winner. This feeling became reality when Capirossi won the historic first race at the Catalunya GP in 2003. Production of the street version of the Desmosedici, the “Desmosedici RR”, began in 2006.
Produced in a limited series of 1500 models, the Desmosedici RR is one of the most sought-after bikes by collectors, even nearly 10 years after it went into production.
Ducati’s modern era, which started in 2016 with the 90th anniversary of the foundation, was an extremely strong period in terms of its offer to the public: fans of the manufacturer have never been so spoilt for choice before. Streetfighters, Diavels and Scramblers were added to supersport bikes, Monsters and Multistradas.
The culmination of Ducati’s engineering efforts in the Superbike world is represented by the Panigale 1299: the new Superquadro engine is ingeniously integrated into the monocoque frame, which offers the ideal platform to unleash an incredible 205 hp.
The lower part of the tank, when mounted, seals the upper part of the frame, becoming the air-box. These technological solutions characterise the entire Panigale line, reducing the dry weight of the 1299 Panigale/S to 166.5 kg and the Panigale R to just 162 kg. The innovations aimed at reducing weight offer each Panigale a power-weight ratio which sets the standard in its category.
The diversification of Ducati’s catalogue continues with the Diavel: the setup communicates the confidence of those who are ready to let loose, a trust in their abilities that verges on arrogance. With side radiators further broadening the sides, which become more tapered down towards the engine and the tip with the oil cooler, the sleek athletic look takes shape.
The impressive 240 mm rear tyre is a perfect example of the uncompromising philosophy followed by Ducati engineers in styling the ideal specifics of a new bike. This tyre size efficiently reflects the association between power and style so much that the Research and Development team vowed to maintain it in the final design, foreseeing the veritable earthquake it would set off in the industry.
The Diavel is a real Ducati, born of a passion for motorbikes and designed to offer authentic Ducati performances from every point of view.
The Ducati Scrambler, meanwhile, is the contemporary interpretation of the iconic Ducati model produced in the 60s and 70s, as if they had never stopped producing it. The Ducati Scrambler is the perfect combination of tradition and modernity and is a return to the pure essence of motorcycling: two wheels, a broad handlebar, a simple engine, and lots and lots of fun. The Scrambler Icon sanctified the brand’s rebirth in 2014. It is characterised by the comfortable riding position and the steel teardrop tank with interchangeable aluminium panels. It has a broad handlebar, headlight with glass lens and LED guide-light and Dual Sport wheels. The Enduro, suitable for off-road use, Classic, for those who have an eye for the style and details of the 70s, and Full Throttle, inspired by flat track racing, are all versions that deserve a mention.
Multistrada represents Ducati’s evolution towards a 360-degree motorbike experience, a concentration of innovations, advanced technology and refined style. A bike which elevates the riding experience to an uncompromised dimension. Thanks to cutting-edge technology such as the Ducati Testastretta DVT engine, which enables complete adaptability to conditions and rider choices, the Multistrada 1200 confirms itself as an outstandingly versatile bike, which guarantees riding pleasure and complete performance.
Ducati’s history is littered with extraordinary successes in official competitions, and some of the models involved will be a part of Ducati 90th Anniversary: including Casey Stoner’s Desmosedici GP7 and Troy Bayliss’s 1098 F8. With incredible performance, reaching 316 Km/h at Monza, without any slips, this bike brought the SBK world championship to Ducati.
Andrea Dovizioso’s Desmosedici GP 15 should also not be forgotten. If in 2014 the racing department of the Bologna manufacturer achieved its goals, that is, reducing the race gap to less than 10 seconds from the leader, in 2015 the goal became to attempt to win at least one race. Things started in the best of ways in Qatar, with a pole position for Andrea Dovizioso, and went very well in the race too, with a 4-way battle between Lorenzo, Iannone and Rossi. Victory was elusive, but the results confirmed the engineers’ excellent work.
Ducati fans will not be able to resist a lap on Carl Fogarty’s 996, who, with 4 world championships and 55 victories, all with Ducati, is the most successful rider in Superbike history.