Ducati team makes visit to Italian president and premier

Nov 16, 2007

World Champion Ducati team makes official visit to Italian president and premier

The Ducati MotoGP team, which wrote an amazing chapter in motorcycle racing history on September 23 by bringing back the world title to Italy for the first time in 33 years, was received at 12.30 today in the Quirinal Palace by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, accompanied by Minister of Economic Development Pier Luigi Bersani, and then at 5 pm in Palazzo Chigi, by Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.

The delegation of around 40 people representing the Borgo Panigale company was headed by Gabriele del Torchio, (CEO Ducati Motor Holding), together with Claudio Domenicali (CEO Ducati Corse and Ducati Motor Director General of Product), Filippo Preziosi (Director General Ducati Corse), Livio Suppo (Ducati MotoGP Project Leader) and some of the MotoGP team, including the newly-crowned world champion Casey Stoner. As well as team and management, the delegation also included a representative of the Board and the company trade unions.

Ducati and President Napolitano had already met once before, on March 16 of this year, when the Head of State paid a visit to the Italian company, which has become a symbol of Italian talent, technology and design in the motorcycle world. Remembering the episode, the President sent his greetings to the entire Bologna factory workforce, underlining how Ducati is bringing honour to Italian industry, Italy and sport in general. President Napolitano was also shown the Desmosedici GP7 in its 'tricolore' livery, the bike that took part in the final round of the championship recently at Valencia, as well as the 1098 'tricolore' that he had already seen in Bologna back in March. In congratulating Ducati for the success achieved this year, Premier Romano Prodi handed over to the company, represented by Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio and Casey Stoner, the medal of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Gabriele De Torchio, Ducati Motor Holding CEO
"We are extremely proud and thrilled to have the honour of being received by President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Being invited to the Quirinal Palace is an enormous reward for all the work that our racing team and our rider Casey Stoner have put in this year. It was also a great satisfaction to be accompanied by the President of the Emilia-Romagna region Vasco Errani and the Councillor for Industrial Activities Armando Campagnoli, a further sign of Ducati's strong links with the area."

Casey Stoner, 2007 World MotoGP Champion
"I am privileged and honoured to be received by the President of the Italian Republic because I have very strong ties with this country. My team is Italian and the rapport that has been created with them and with Ducati is something special, it has given me the confidence to obtain the results we have achieved this year. Winning the world championship was my dream and now it's come true; this will help me to work even better to try and compete on the same level again next year."