On the day it was crowned as World Superbike manufacturers' champions, Ducati Xerox has yet more reason to celebrate after Xavier Simeon wrapped up the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup.
Following in the footsteps of Niccolo Canepa and Brendan Roberts, champions for Ducati Xerox in 2007 and 2008, Simeon wrapped up the title one round early after finishing second to Maxime Berger at Magny-Cours.
Giving him an insurmountable lead over Suzuki's Clauio Corti with only the Portuguese round of the championship remaining, the Belgian was thrilled with his title victory having just lost out to Roberts in 2008.
“It's a very emotional moment for me, a fantastic day at the end of a fairy-tale weekend. My 1198 was just perfect and I kept the situation under control even though Berger was tough competition.
“On the last but one lap I lost the front on the downhill and risked falling; at that point I thought about the title and realized that second place was good enough. Thanks to Ducati, to the team and to my family as it's thanks to them that I can today celebrate being champion.”