MotoGP » OFFICIAL: Audi buys Ducati

Audi, part of the VW Group, officially confirms that it has acquired Ducati

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Andy Smith

April 18, 2012 8:24 PM

Just hope they can do the same with ducati as they did with Lambo. Itallian madness with German sensiblity. Rumours are also that the vw group plan to get into F1 when they go turbo next year or 2014 (whenever it is). They like motorsport to benefit there road/production actvities (hence the le mans project) for technlogy and bragging rights so on paper its a good partnership.

Dean Dean

April 18, 2012 8:46 PM

I'm not convinced the bean counters of Wolfsburg will get overly involved with motogp matters, but let's not forget, it's not VW Group but Audi Stuttgart that has bought Ducati, there is a difference..Audi buying indicate the racing heritage is SAFE !! Especially as Ducati motogp is quite unique in that the riders salaries are paid directly by Philip much as Rossi 'filters' that aspect elsewhere, it's the only way they could afford him.

andy - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 8:53 PM

Heard on the radio today(don't live in the UK)that Audi will open a factory in mexico,lets hope they don't move the ducati factory there,then the electrics/immobiliser will be even worse than they are now!

Paddles - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 10:04 PM

wow, that's a really cheap aquisition, $1b doesn't buy much these days. I'm thinking that Ducati may have been in a bit of financial trouble and that if Audi didn't buy them there mightn't have been any motogp team in the future. Anyway this is good for Audi/VW and also motorcycle racing, they now have have a premium motorcycle brand with which to race their German brothers BMW. The motorsport rivalry between these two is nothing short of fierce.

TZ750 - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 11:21 PM

Audi ... or any other Brand under VW family .... the Conductor for this Orchestra will be the VW Head. I see them building atleast 3 or more Bike using the Same Platform like how they do in their Cars. There will definitely be an Audi Bike to Rival the BMW's along with the Ducati's. Further DKW, NSU & VW bike's may be on the card in the future to fit different markets. They will love to pitch against BMW with Audi either in Moto-GP or SBK as how BMW will play. If they find some light in the current Moto-GP Project ... they will still continue, but under what brand will be a mystery. Still they will continue to race the Ducati's to encash on them too, just like how Aprilia / Derbi played the cards in their final stroker days.

some1 - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 11:50 PM

If you're looking from the Audi perspective, there will be no Audi bike. They just want to use Ducati tech to make a small Audi cars with L4 engines.

IRIDEUDONT - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 11:53 PM

Here we go again the news is about the sale of Ducati, yet somehow peolpe find a wayof connecting it to Rossi. If I remember correctly Volkswagen was interested in buying Ducati back in 2006. Some people just like to talk trash. Let's put it this way.

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