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For those panicking over the thought of 'foreigners' owning Ducati, or Ducati no longer being a small, independent company, keep a couple of thoughts in mind.
1. Ducati hasn't been a small, independent, family-owned company since the mid-80's when the Castiglione (sp?) brothers (aka Cagiva) bought the company and added it to Aeromacchi, Morini and a number of other small Italian motorcycle companies.
2. Then, during the late-90's into the 00's (when I worked for Ducati Richmond), Ducati was owned by Texans. Yeah, yee-ha Texans! And the company was more financially stable than they'd been in the previous forty years, and the bikes they were turning out back then sure weren't crap.
If anything, this means Ducati should be on the best financial footing they've ever been in. And the Volkswagen group seems to have a knack of allowing various brands to thrive. Just ask Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti.