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By Ducati Corse

Ducati inaugurates Anatomy of Speed exhibition

Bologna factory open temporary museum that illustrates how aerodynamics plays a key role in achieving performance

Ducati has inaugurated the “Anatomy of Speed” exhibition, the third temporary show organised and hosted by the Ducati Museum which will be available to visit until the 8th October 2019.

The exhibition illustrates how aerodynamics plays a key role in achieving the performance, a hallmark of Ducati excellence. Firstly, visitors will be introduced to aerodynamics as Ducati see it. The exhibition then examines the research programmes and solutions developed over years of intense involvement in racing.

Aerodynamic history is brought to life by photos, videos, display panels and projections that provide the backdrop to - and interact with - an exclusive exhibition of two fairings used by Ducati in the 2016 and 2017 MotoGP™ Championships and of the Ducati Desmosedici GP16.

“Anatomy of Speed” has been organised with the support and technical know-how of Ducati Corse. The opening event was attended by Team Mission Winnow Ducati MotoGP riders Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Michele Pirro, who cut the ribbon together with Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati, and Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse, Edoardo Lenoci, Aerodynamic Development Manager and Alessandro Valia, Ducati Official Test Rider.

Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO to “I think aerodynamics is a science that has been neglected for a long time on two wheels, both racing and production. It is more difficult than with cars because the bike is moving, leaning, even the rider is moving on the bike and is interacting with the bike. So now there are systems which you can simulate the behaviour of the air around the bike in a much more predictable way. I think we are very much an engineering orientated company, so we started studying that and we understood there was a lot of possibility of improving. So starting from later years, we started developing that, kind of setting the pace and we’ve seen that many other manufacturers have followed. And now we are kind of putting all this knowledge into the production bikes as well, we’re getting a very interesting advantage there, and there is still a lot to come because we are just at the beginning in my opinion. We will see many new and interesting stuff, both in production and in the racing.”

Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse to “Aerodynamics is really important for us because we started to use the winglets since the first race in 2015, when we started the real improvement of our bike. So you know it’s something Ducati started to use first and others before tried to stop us with the rules but in the end, everybody follow us in the aerodynamics development. I think the aerodynamics will be important not only for racing but also on the production bike at the moment. The V4 R is one of the examples for that but Ducati have something new in mind for the future, not only in the racing but also on the street bike.” 

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