in case you had not heard, this is big news. valentino rossi is joining ducati next year. in europe, this makes lebron’s “decision” seem like chopped liver. here is the official story from ducati…
to be honest, i couldn’t figure out that pic on the ducati website – but i think it is a dm (ducati motors) and vale (valentino). typically, motogp teams provide data for new bikes, liveries, etc sometime in the beginning of the year. based on this news, we are seeing ducati in 2 weeks to discuss a “new” plan of attack. just sayin…
with the red bull u.s. grand prix set to start in just a couple of hours, what better time to feature some spy shots featuring what appears to be a new ducati motorcycle
first up is a “leaked” drawing…
and then we have the requisite “sighting”…
and one more shot, as the rider gets ready to go for a spin…
so of course, the question that comes to your mind – will your favorite die-cast company be replicating this bike, if in fact it is a real motorcycle after all? you damn well better believe we will!
all in all, another perfect day in bologna.
double d received a press release today from our friends in bologna, italy, about their brand-spanking new Streetfighter motorcycle being awarded the most beautiful bike at the recent milan show.
bike, not model, animals. look at the motorcycle. here – this will make it easier for you:
oh, that’s a beauty. good call, voters. could a maisto 1:18 streetfighter be too far behind? probably not to far, my friends. not too far at all.
we’ve copied the official press release for your reading pleasure.
DUCATI STREETFIGHTER VOTED ‘MOST BEAUTIFUL BIKE OF THE SHOW’
Borgo Panigale (Bologna) 10 November 2008 – The Ducati Streetfighter is officially the best-looking bike at the 2008 Milan show. Voted by more than 20,000 enthusiasts taking part in a survey organised by Italian magazine Motociclismo, the award shows the Streetfighter to be an immediate knockout success.
The new, Bologna-made supernaked model claimed more than 25% of the votes followed by the Aprilia RSV4 Factory and the MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR.
The award ceremony took place on the official Motolive stage in the presence of General Manager of EICMA, Costantino Ruggero, while closing an intense week of exhibition and events during which 500,000 visitors had filled the halls of the Milan-Rho exhibition centre.
This prize is confirmation of the great interest shown by visitors in the new Streetfighter, and further proof of how much energy and resources Ducati is dedicating to its continuous development of new products.
The new Ducati Streetfighter was the undisputed star of the Milan show. Stripped to the bare essentials, its combination of state-of-the-art race technology, exposed styling and cultured design has taken Ducati’s big naked concept to the very top of the fighter food chain.
With 155hp of Ducati L-Twin muscle harnessed in a stripped-down, super-light, 167kg (368lb – dry weight) bike (S Version) that packs more punch for its weight than any other contender, the Streetfighter becomes the new benchmark for the sector.
The Ducati Streetfighter is equipped with everything that made the Superbike a legend. Awesome L-Twin power from the Testastretta Evoluzione 1098cc engine that produces 85lb-ft (11.7kgm) of heavyweight torque, and thoroughbred chassis technology featuring Ducati’s trademark Trellis frame, beautiful single-sided swingarm and planet-stopping Monobloc brakes. The ‘S’ version is further equipped with sophisticated Öhlins suspension, lightweight forged wheels, carbon fibre components, and the exclusive Ducati Traction Control system designed for street use.
The Ducati Streetfighter will be ripping-up asphalt from Spring 2009.
For more information and pictures, check the special press website http://www.ducatipress.com .
while we are on the subject of motorcycles, we thought we would share the latest from our gascap line of die-cast kids toys – these are the ones that have the light up eyes and engine sounds when you push the gascap. our cars did ok, but the motorcycles have been absolutely screaming off the shelves – take a look at these designs and we think you will see why…
fresh on the heels of our ultra successful line of 1:18 moto gp racing motorcycles, maisto is ready to begin shipments of the new 1:10 scale moto gp. first to the track will be the ducati team, headed by #1, last year’s champ, casey stoner
also in the mix is #33 marco melandri.
well, sort of. seems marco might find himself on the outside looking in – the rumors are rampant about a possible replacement in may, maybe by max biaggi. but until then, we’ve got stoner and melandri ready to race.