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An interesting new story is developing in the FIM Motocross World Championship as word on the street is that famed Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati is interested in creating a motocross bike with the intention of racing in MXGP. Senior off-road track writer Adam Wheeler was in attendance at the MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend and has been seeking further information on the alleged rumour.
“Andy [McKinstry] from GateDropMX messaged me saying he had heard that Ducati would actually be interested in joining MXGP, which I actually thought was very unlikely,” Wheeler explained in the 2022 Racer X MXGP of Sweden Review Show. “But I went and asked around in MotoGP, of course where Ducati is hugely popular and actually won the Grand Prix at Silverstone, and it seems to be true. The Italians have an engine on the dyno. It looks like they are going to have a prototype racing by the end of the year and their goal is to do MXGP in 2024 if the bike proves competitive enough.
Ducati Moto Holding SpA was founded nearly 100 years ago and is currently headquartered in Bologna, Italy. The brand has a long and storied history of success in Grand Prix motorcycle racing and even won the 2007 MotoGP World Championship with Casey Stoner. But their history with dirt bikes is extremely limited with only a handful of attempts over the years. That changed recently, which could be a key development in what Ducati plans with its future in motocross.
“Ducati released their first off-road bike this year called the Desert X. So that was their step into hardcore off-roading,” Adam Wheeler continued. “Ducati is really diversifying. They make electric bikes. The Moto-E project in MotoGP is something very hot, and now this whole off-road thing. Italians are really busy.
Wheeler also went on to explain that these are still just rumors at the moment and there is no clear path yet to know if Ducati intends to enter MXGP as a factory team or if they wanted to team up with Satellite programs in the paddock to begin their journey. Either way, it looks like Ducati will at least potentially get into motocross as soon as 2024.
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