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Supersport team finish on a high
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Mixed fortunes for ducati supersport team
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S2R 1000 coming soon
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Highs & Lows For Ducati Supersport Team
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7th October 2005Supersport team finish on a high

The official Ducati Insurance Supersport team finished their 2005 season on a high today at Brands Hatch in Kent, after team rider Stuart Easton rode an impressive race to win the final race of the season in convincing style.

Stuart, who had qualified in second spot on his Ducati 749R race bike for the 18 lap race, made a great start and controlled the race from the front, never moving from first position throughout the race. "What a dream finish to the season", commented Stuart. "We changed some settings in the run up to the weekend, and this really helped. From Friday practice onwards, I knew we could run competitively at the front, and this all fell to plan in the race, to get the result we wanted".

Team mate Martin Jessopp was equally pleased with his end of season ride finishing the race in 12th place, commenting, "Today was a pleasing result, and it's good to end the season with a solid finish. It's been a tough first season in Supersport, but having a team-mate of Stuart's calibre has really benefited me, and I feel in a position to challenge for a much better result next season".

Team manager Ken Foley commented on the weekend, "What a great result today. Stuart rode a very mature race, and I'm sure our testing prior to this really assisted today's result. Martin continues to improve, and we are really pleased with his progress this season, and look forward to working with him in the future". To round of their year, the team now plan to contest some Spanish championship rounds to gain further experience, before making their plans for 2006.

The team send their congratulations to Championship winner Leon Camier.



25th September 2005Mixed fortunes for Ducati Supersport team

Round twelve of the Metabo British Supersport Championship held at Donington Park in Leicestershire today, proved to be a tough event for the official Ducati Insurance backed team, as a sudden down-poor immediately prior to the race, saw a change of race strategy and a gamble on tyre choice for riders Stuart Easton and Martin Jessopp.

Qualifying on the second row of the grid in eighth position, Stuart got off to a steady start in the treacherous conditions, remaining smooth while gradually moving up the order, to finish the race in fifth place. "I can't say that I'm satisfied with the result today, but in the conditions I was unable to do anything more", commented Stuart. "I have struggled a little with set-up all weekend, but with the rain just before the start, it made things even more difficult, leaving me unable to push any harder. I'm just looking forward to getting to the last round at Brands Hatch, now and putting on a good show".

Team-mate Martin Jessopp was also disappointed with his weekend, having qualified in 23rd, but only able to move up one place, to finish the race in 22nd. "I'm obviously not happy with my result today", commented Martin. "Qualifying wasn't great, but I was confident that we could make up for this in the race. However when the rain set-in it changed everything, and I was unable to challenge for a higher finish".

19th SeptemberS2R 1000 coming soon

In the beginning there was the S4R: powerful, aggressive, original, extreme - a true Superbike in every sense. The S4R was a new, up-to-date interpretation of the Monster, the ultimate naked bike, a product of Ducati ingenuity and intuition, and the bike which gave birth to a whole new trend.

The success of the Monster S4R has led to the birth of the S2R. The S2R Monster is a more easy-going, less intimidating model with a strong 800 cc engine, but it still shares the same aggressive, exclusive look that has made the S4R the benchmark for style and technology. With its launch in 2005, the S2R immediately conquered a major share of the market.

In the forthcoming Model Year 2006, Ducati has decided to further extend the SR range with the addition of a new Monster S2R equipped with the 1000 DS power plant, the latest evolution of the air-cooled L-twin made in Borgo Panigale.

With its clean, pared-down lines, the Monster S2R 1000 maintains all the styling and functional features of the SR family. The twin vertically stacked silencers mounted on the right side and the single-sided swingarm in aluminium alloy distinguish the Monster SR from the rest of the competition.

The new Monster S2R 1000 will take its place between the agile S2R 800 and the extreme power of the 4-valve S4R. The S2R 1000 boasts outstanding rideability and scintillating performance thanks to the reliable and powerful 1000 Dual Spark engine already used on other successful models in the Ducati range.

The signature frame and running gear which distinguished the Monster SR family has been applied to the Monster S2R 1000. As for the suspension, the S2R 1000 features a fully-adjustable Showa upside-down fork that allows you to adapt the riding characteristics of the bike to suit different road conditions and your own particular riding style, thus increasing comfort and riding pleasure. The rear suspension is progressive and adjustable with a Sachs single shock. For stopping power, the Monster S2R 1000 uses two 320 mm discs with 4-piston calipers in the front, and a 245 mm disc with a 2-piston caliper at the rear.

To make the new Monster S2R 1000 still more unique and eye-catching, the bike is offered in a new grey colour scheme with a longitudinal black stripe complemented by black rims, in addition to the classic red with white stripe and the aggressive black with white stripe colour combinations. Whichever colour scheme you choose, the carbon fibre side panels further enhance the looks of the new model.

The S2R 1000 responsibly adheres to the Euro 3 emission standards, with the efficient dual spark 1000 engine combined with a catalytic converters and Lambda sensor.

12th September 2005Highs & lows for Ducati Supersport team

A solid but disappointing result was the outcome of the day for Ducati Insurance backed Supersport team rider Stuart Easton at round 11 of the British Supersport Championship held at Oulton Park in Cheshire, as a credible sixth place finish on his Ducati 749R put an end to his championship title hunt with two rounds left until the end of the season.

Stuart, who was finally back to full fitness following his accident and broken wrist earlier in the season, needed a podium finish to keep his championship hopes alive, and with a second row qualifying position, it looked hopeful for the 16 lap race. But a set-up issue and eventually backmarkers once again, saw Stuart unable to improve on his qualifying spot, finishing the race in 6th place. "I'm obviously not happy with my result today", commented Stuart. "I needed a podium at least to keep my championship hopes alive and of course this hasn't happened. We had some set-up issues all weekend, and with the changing weather it was really hard to be able to iron these out. I now need to refocus and aim to finish as high up the standings as possible".

Team mate Martin Jessopp finished his Oulton Park weekend in a very contrasting mood, as he posted his second best result of the season in 11th. "Before I came to Oulton I was aiming for a top 10, so I'm a little disappointed, but at the same time pleased with yet another strong finish. When you look at the calibre of riders finishing in front of me, I can only be pleased with what we have achieved".



29th AugustNo Cadwell holiday for Ducati Supersport team

Round 10 of the British Supersport Championship held at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, was one to forget for the team, with rider Stuart Easton unable to finish due to a mechanical problem and rookie team mate Martin Jessopp unable to get that elusive top ten finish.

Things had been looking promising for both riders in the run up to race, with Stuart qualifying on the front row in second spot and Martin just a couple of rows back in thirteenth, but come bank holiday Monday race day Stuart would eventually retire despite leading the race on several occasions and Martin unable to improve on his qualifying position.

"Today is certainly one to forget," comments a disappointed Stuart. "We had been right on the pace all weekend, and despite my wrist still not back to 100% strength I was able to battle both before and after the restarted race. I guess we just have to look forward to the next round at Oulton now, and make that count."

Team mate Martin was also disappointed, but happy to of scored some further points, commenting: "Before today my goal was to finish inside the top ten and I've not achieve that today. However, once again I have finished inside the points which is pleasing in my first season in Supersport."

The Duacati Insurance sponsored team now prepare for the next round of the Championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire on the 11th September, where they hope for a little more luck.

21st AugustPoints Boost for Ducati Supersport Team

Round 9 of the British Supersport Championship held at Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire today, saw the official Ducati Insurance backed team choose a damage limitation strategy with rider Stuart Easton still not back to full fitness following his accident at the last round of the series.

With an operation to remove the pins from his wrist completed under a week ago, strength was always going to be an issue, but despite this Stuart managed to put his Ducati 749R on the front row of the gird in fourth spot during Saturday's qualifying.

In the early stages of Sunday's race, Stuart was struggling in ninth position, but with a restarted race due to an oil spillage, he was able to strap his injured wrist up stronger and eventually bring home valuable points with a sixth place result.

"That was really hard work and was pretty painful," commented Stuart. "It's frustrating not to be challenging for the win as usual, but I'm just happy we've got some more valuable points in the bag. My championship hopes are still very much alive."

Team mate Martin Jessopp was happy to celebrate his best result of the season in 13th place. The Yeovil based rider, who is in his first year of Supersport racing has seen steady improvement and despite the strength of the series, is now comfortably scoring championship points and is looking forward to a top 10 result.

Team Manager Ken Foley was upbeat about the weekend commenting: "We can only be pleased by both riders performance today. We are all very proud of Stuart, with his true grit and determination by scoring valuable points under difficult circumstances. Martin is improving every time he gets on the bike and is shaping up to be a great Supersport racer."

The team now head to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire this week as they prepare for round 10 this bank holiday Monday

13th AugustDucati Insurance - 749 Superbike Competition

Congratulations to John Walker our lucky prize winner from Snape in Suffolk pictured here with Charles Easy (managing director of Ducati Insurance) outside Veloce Motorcycles in Norfolk. [ see more ... ]

13th AugustRound 4 of Desmodue
With races 6 and 7 of the Ducati Sporting Club Desmo Due championship supported by Ducati Insurance came to Donington Park at the weekend. This series is restricted to Ducati 2-valve, 600cc air-cooled engines and is intended to be a less costly introduction to racing for those interested in Ducati bikes. The bikes entered comprise Monsters, SSs and a couple of Multistradas, one of which, entered by DucatiUK, was piloted by guest rider Michael Neeves, the MCN journalist. MCN’s editor, Marc Potter, was also guesting, so there was an extra spirit of competitiveness in the air. [ see more ... ]



10th JulyTeam Dealt Cruel Blow at Snetterton

The Ducati Insurance backed British Supersport team were dealt a cruel blow at round eight of the championship held at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk yesterday, as team rider Stuart Easton crashed out whilst leading the race just moments from the finish, sustaining a broken wrist from the fall.

Stuart who had been consistently quick all weekend had put his Ducati 749R on pole position and was ready to close the small point advantage of his rivals. Back in the lead after a restarted race Stuart was looking set to move to the top of the championship table before a loss of grip saw him slide out of the race at high speed.

"As you can imagine, I'm gutted to of crashed out whilst in the lead," commeted Stuart. "I didn't do anything different on that lap from previous, but just lost the front and couldn't regain control. I'm just relieved that we have a long break before the next race and hopefully I can get the wrist fixed and back to normal in time for Silverstone."

Second team rider Martin Jessopp had a pleasing performance at Snetterton; c consistently quick all weekend, Martin qualified on the fourth row and rode a strong race to finish in 10th place. "My target for Snetterton was to finish in the points, so I'm obviously really pleased to get a strong 10th place finish. The championship is so competitive and I've really had to dig deep in my first season, but it's paying off and the results are coming my way now."



26th JuneEaston Back on Podium

Ducati Insurance backed Supersport rider Stuart Easton left his home circuit of Knockhill in Scotland a happy man today, as he once again climbed onto the podium having finished a close runner up in the 32 lap race that was round 7 of the championship.

Fresh from his first win of the season at Croft just 3 weeks ago, Stuart and the team were confident of a strong performance at Knockhill following a test earlier in the year that saw him post the fastest time.

When it came to race action today and after a restarted race, Stuart had a tough battle with championship rival Leon Camier, eventually settling for second place on board his Ducati 749R and some valuable championship points.

"Overall I'm happy with the result today," commented Stuart. "Obviously it would of been nice to get another win, but we were strong the whole weekend and I was able to push Camier right to the line. Our championship campaign is stronger than ever now with just five points off the lead and I'm confident we can rectify this at Snetterton next month."

9th JuneMonsters at Mallory

Fabulous weather and smiling faces summed up the UK Monster Club's second track day at Mallory Park.

Photos from the day (taken by Ducati Insurance) can be viewed below - Terry Herbet has copies of the digital originals which he is happy to pass on in exchange for a small donation to the charity.
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5th JuneEaston wins at Croft

Stuart Easton left round 6 of the British Supersport championship at Croft in Yorkshire a happy man as he clinched his first win of the season on board his Ducati Insurance backed 749R race bike.

Qualifying in second spot Stuart got a great start; but a loss of traction at the first corner saw him slip down to third position. Recomposing himself Stuart rode a strong race moving up through the field and taking the lead from Tom Sykes on Lap 8 and holding off a charging Leon Camier to take the team's first win of the season.

"I'm so pleased with this result and I can't thank the team enough for all their efforts," commented Stuart. "It's been frustrating to be so close for so long; but at last we've shown what we are capable of achieving and I look forward to being on the top step of the podium a lot more this season."



8th AprilDucati 999S Mono Nero

Ducati UK is pleased to offer the limited edition ‘999S Mono Nero’ featuring the new for 2005 gloss black paint scheme.

Built in very limited numbers for the UK market the 999S Mono Nero is based on the high specification 999S but featuring the cool black paint scheme and comes complete with white number boards on the tail fairing.
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1st MarchDucati Multistrada 620 Available Now

The Multistrada 620 is the latest addition to the ultra versatile Multistrada family. An evolution of its father, the Multistrada 1000DS, the new 620 combines the positive real world riding attributes of the 1000, with the user friendly 620cc engine.
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26th FebruaryWSB Qatar

Regis Laconi scored two podium finishes today, a third and a second place, at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar; James Toseland got the defence of his world title underway with two sixth place finishes as he was still feeling the effects of last weekend’s crash.
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18h FebruaryNew Managing Director at Ducati UK

Ducati Motor Holding is pleased to announce the promotion of Tim MacCabee, former Sales Manager, to the position of Managing Director of Ducati UK Limited.
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16h FebruaryDucati Insurance: win a 749 Superbike

Promotion announcement: "Everyone who contacts us for a quotation and all our existing customers will be entered into a prize draw to win a 749 Superbike and one year's comprehensive insurance."
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29th JanuaryAlmeria Test a success for British Supersport Team

The official Ducati UK backed British Supersport team ended three days of testing at the Spanish Circuit of Almeria today, and despite freak weather conditions declared it a success.

Team riders Stuart Easton and Martin Jessopp were subjected to unusual weather conditions which saw temperatures drop to as low as -2 degrees. Thursday was simply too cold for serious work, but with a small temperature increase on Friday and Saturday, the team were able to make progress.

Ex British Supersport Champion Stuart Easton steadily improved throughout the test to set a blistering lap time on Saturday afternoon of 1:41.69, a time which would be impressive in Spanish summer sunshine alone.

"It's been a very unusual test here at Almeria," commented Stuart; "but with the temperature increasing slightly in the last two days we've been able to make progress and I have a really good feeling with the bike now."

New team signing Martin Jessopp used the three days to get used to his new 749R and gradually improved setting consistent times throughout.

"This is the first time I've ridden the 749R race bike and I feel really positive for this season now," commented Martin; "we've made some changes to the bike to suit my riding style which has helped and I'm now just looking forward to getting back out on it soon."

Along with general set-up and familiarization the team have also tested some new braking components from Galfer and look forwarded to further tests before the season starts on March 28th.

The team run in conjunction by Ducati Bristol & Ducati Coventry would like to thank Dunlop Tyres & Shell Advance for their support during the test.

29th JanuaryLondon Motorcycle Show

The London Motorcycle Show saw great interest in the 2005 Ducati range.

Ducati London South, who organised the stand, generated enthusiasm from both existing Ducati owners and new customers alike.

James Toseland appeared on the stand to sign autographs, allowing long standing fan Stuart Wakeling to meet and chat with him.

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