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With the start of the World Superbike season just a couple of weeks away, the factory Ducati team launched their 2015 WSBK campaign. The Aruba.it Ducati team was presented to the press at Arezzo in Italy. After the event, the team issued the following press release and photos, containing photos of the new livery:


The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team presented today in Arezzo

  • 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.

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.

Wed, 2015-01-28 13:51
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The new, lower exhaust


The new air intake retains the lip which appeared late last year


Swingarm and rear wheel


An abundance of sponsors


The business end


Bridgegestone/Ohlins/Brembo, industry standard


Note the mount for the rear-facing camera on the right. Honda's is integrated into the bodywork


Exhaust close up


Clutch, side vent, exhaust


Right side, wider angle


Sensors adorn the front wheel


Lots of shots of the right of the bike, few of the left...


One of the few close up images of the left side


Got to put those sponsor logos somewhere ...


Fiat is back, in a limited way


Nicely integrated tail light


Stoppers


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Sat, 2015-01-10 09:48
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Ready to rumble, down under


Stopping power. But dissipating heat wasn't the problem, disks got brake covers to keep the heat in


Team Rossi - Matteo Flamigni and Silvano Galbusera played a key role in Rossi's revival. Though not as great a part as Rossi himself


Famous name, a lot to live up to. Remy Gardner gets a shot in the big leagues in 2015


Oh I do like to be beside the seaside


Oh I do like to be beside the sea ...


Phillip Island was another step in the rehabilitation of Cal Crutchlow. Until almost the last lap


War in Moto3. 'T was ever thus


Jack Miller came out on top, thrilling the Australian crowds


Ohlins trickery from Dovizioso's Ducati


Danilo Petrucci worked hard, suffered through a tough year, and was rewarded with a Ducati ride for 2015


Phillip Island. Sea, sky, sonic assault


Photographers love PI


Mr White


It was a tough weekend for Marc Marquez, crashing out using the asymmetric tire


His loss was Valentino Rossi's gain, the Italian getting his second win of the season


Behind them, PI produced some fantastic racing


Jack Miller, mastering the leg thing


The best front end in MotoGP? Got to be close


Farewell tour for the Leitner/Pedrosa partnership


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Wed, 2015-01-07 15:08
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There is no part of a Honda racing motorcycle that is not beautifully made


A study in yellow, white and blue


Scott Redding takes racing in front of his home crowd very seriously


Stefan Bradl, knee down...


... elbow down, forearm down ...


... and sometimes, everything down.


Marc Marquez, looking in the direction his competitors are usually to be found.


Johann Zarco had a very strong season in 2014, yet the Moto2 teams all abandoned Suter for 2015


Tires, suspension, front wheel buried under braking


'T was a cold and misty morning


Andrea Iannone was sometimes impressive, but still too inconsistent in 2014


Alvaro Bautista demonstrates "the stoppie"


The Doctor's Office


If your tires look like this, you should consider a career in motorcycle racing


Moto3: the race of the weekend, every weekend


Like I said, 't was a cold and misty morning


Even the welding is a work of art


Aleix Espargaro gets physical with his Forward Yamaha


An inch above the ground


Not an inch above the ground

 


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Sun, 2015-01-04 22:14
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You can teach old dogs new tricks, if they are willing to learn


... and here's one of the things the old dog learned: a radical new body position


Redding on red


The wheels on the bike go round and round ...


Barcelona was Alex Marquez' first win of the year. More would follow


Bike swap time


Pol Espargaro, all smiles


A sense of the scale of the Montmelo circuit


Is their generation about to be pushed aside?


Where's the wipers?


Enea Bastianini, Italy's next great hope


TV talk


Yonny Hernandez did such a good job on the GP13 that he earned himself a factory contract


They don't like it up 'em


Red on Red


Brad Binder goes just a little bit too far


Dani Pedrosa, always pushing to excel at home


It's been quite the learning curve for Bradley Smith


Formic


The hardest part of racing. Getting up when you go down


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Tue, 2014-12-30 17:50
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Pro tip: how to keep your clutch plates in order


Le Mans turned out some good battles. Dovizioso led a close group early on ...


... while Rossi took over at the front a few laps later


The official Moto2 and Moto3 tire supplier even has a bridge and corner named after them...


Mika Kallio shows emotion. A rare sight from the cool Finn


Comfort is everything, next to protection


One of the most famous sights in all of motor sports


Every race track should have a big wheel


The Hayden Hustle


A glimpse of the future: Le Mans was one place where Pol Espargaro could play with a Moto2 style on the Yamaha


Marc Mirage


His second podium of the season, Le Mans was the point at which we knew Valentino Rossi was back


Ready for Raccordement


Job done


Miller vs Rins was as tough as Miller vs Marquez


Mechanics always manage to retain a remarkable sense of calm when riders bring their bikes back like this


Everything else is just waiting


Now try to clear your mind


Le Mans was a tale of two Yamahas


Mr Miller


Alvaro Bautista had good days and bad days in 2014. A podium meant that Le Mans was a good day


Brake, turn, release. Jorge Lorenzo makes it look much simpler than it is


Stefan Bradl, getting ready to stand it up and fire it along the front straight

 


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Sun, 2014-12-28 17:47
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Jorge Lorenzo's season went from bad to worse at Austin, with a jump start of almost comical proportions


By the end of 2014, two of the three Americans in this picture wouldn't be racing. It was a tough year for Americans in GP


Austin was still not a Yamaha track in 2014


Welcome to Texas, Mr Pasini


Up close and personal with a Yamaha YZR-M1 clutch


This would be Colin Edwards' last race in the USA


And that, my friends, is why riders do dirt track


Once upon time, American racers ruled the world


This was one of them. Settled law suits meant that Kevin Schwantz was allowed back into CotA


Ready?


Turn One was the scene of much carnage in Moto2


Boxing? No, taping up palms to prevent blisters


Colorful Fenati


Andrea Dovizioso scored Ducati's first dry-weather podium since 2010 at Austin. Signs of real progress


Desmosedici GP13 vs Desmosedici GP14


Riding the wave


Andrea Iannone aims high


Toughest braking spot of the year: uphill into Turn One


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Sat, 2014-12-27 16:28
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Class of '14


Old man? Maybe, but he keeps getting faster


Just a few weeks after breaking his leg, Marc Marquez made his intentions all too clear at Qatar


Herding cats takes a very particular skill


Few had Tito Rabat as their favorite for the 2014 Moto2 title at Qatar. That would change


Gigi Dall'Igna would bring real change at Ducati


While Silvano Galbusera made a big difference to Valentino Rossi


It would be a long year at Ducati for Cal Crutchlow


24 liters of fuel for the Open bikes livened things up a bit


Qatar: as the sun sets, a roar fills the night sky


A taste of things to come. Jack Miller and Alex Marquez would scrap for the Moto3 title all the way to Valencia


The MotoGP race at Qatar turned into a war of attrition. Stefan Bradl crashed out of the lead, just as Jorge Lorenzo had.


A time for regrets


Jorge Lorenzo simmered with rage at Qatar, unable to get to grips with the new Bridgestone rear


After a season of disgruntled comments about bike set up, Mike Leitner would leave Dani Pedrosa's side


Change came often to the Ducati GP14, though the revolution was forced to wait


Intensity: Alex Marquez has it


2014 would not be the year Nicky Hayden had intended


The calm before the storm


We knew Maverick Viñales was good, but just missing out on a podium at the first attempt was a sign of something more than good


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Thu, 2014-12-18 09:30
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Jared Mees told Kenny Noyes to line up inside him at the start of the Superfinal. "I was thinking, 'You're either tricking me or you're going to open up a hole.'" Noyes said.


Marquez and Mees got away from the line better, but found Thomas Chareyre in their way


Chareyre went down, blocking Marquez, Mees and Smith


Noyes and Bailo were the beneficiaries


Marquez, Mees and Ribalta were left with ground to make up


The two champions soon forced their way forward...


... And started closing on the leaders


They disposed of Ribalta, and a very impressive Oliver Brindley


Then they started closing on Kenny Noyes


It took them a few laps ...


But they got past in the end


Two champions


Turn 1. Tricky spot.


Marcel Schrotter put up a very respectable performance


Spanish champ. And nearly Superprestigio champ


The Palau Sant Jordi: Once home to Michael Jordan, now home to Marc Marquez

 


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Tue, 2014-12-16 15:49
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Ready to rumble


Jared Mees shows how you get through the fluffy end


Oliver Brindley: remember the name. He's one fast 16-year-old


The moment it all went wrong: Thomas Chareyre slides out, blocking Marc Marquez and Jared Mees


Kenny Noyes does the thousand yard stare. No need, first corner is only 100 yards away


The star of the show. No, not him, Kevin Clark, the man with the flags


Passing ships - Ribalta and Simon


Storm Stacey: With a name like that, he'll be a fearsome racer once he's older


Troy


Remy Gardner. Will he match Wayne?


Full marks for style, Johann Zarco


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