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The history of Ducati on DVD

Revealed for the first time on DVD, the incredible history of Ducati told with rare movie footage, pictures and interviews from its creation in 1926 to the 2007 MotoGP World Championship title.

From the innovative Ducati brothers and the birth of the "Cucciolo" to the unforgettable engineer Taglioni and the Desmodromic system. From victory in the Imola 200 to the production of the Scrambler and from Superbike dominance to debut in MotoGP, witnesses recount their personal experiences of a journey that is the story of a company, a view of Italian social history and the passion and genius that created the Ducati engines destined to write the history of motorcycling.

Ducati’s collaboration with the production company, "Strike Video" of Milan, has enabled director, Angelo Barberi, to achieve the most complete and compelling account of Ducati’s incredible heritage, and with so much exclusive material released for the very first time, the captivating ninety-minute movie in English and Italian reveals a fast-moving and exciting story.

"This is a new way to tell the story," Livio Lodi, curator of the Ducati Museum, proudly explains. "As if leafing through an old photo album or speaking with a wise, old relative, the story becomes a fascinating view not only of Ducati’s, but also of Italy’s history. For me, it is vitally important that we share this story with Ducati fans around the world."

The film and photographic material, perfectly complemented by interviews with former employees, riders and people who have experienced this adventure, is divided into 12 chapters. It is the result of ten years research in Ducati and Italian state archives.

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The history of Ducati on DVD


  1. INTRODUCTION: How did a small company, originally created in a basement in central Bologna, become one of the most famous motorcycle manufacturers of all time? How did it progress from making a small electrical condenser to collecting an enviable number of race victories and world titles? Discover how the three Ducati brothers started the company and their insight into the future.

  2. THE DUCATI BROTHERS’ INTUITION: In 1926, Adriano, Bruno and Marcello Cavalieri Ducati founded "Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati", a company dedicated to the production of electrical condensers. Inspired by the genius of famous fellow citizen, Guglielmo Marconi, the three young entrepreneurs created a small laboratory in the heart of Bologna, later choosing Borgo Panigale as the location for a building that would become one of the jewels in the crown of Italian industry. After the Ducati factory was destroyed in a World War 2 bombing raid, the brothers realised that Italy needed new modes of transport to help mobilise the nation. Their answer was to produce the Ducati Cucciolo.

  3. FROM THE CUCCIOLO TO THE DUCATI 60: The Cucciolo ("Puppy") represented Ducati’s first steps into the world of motorcycling. Small and reliable, the Cucciolo was a symbol of the Italian post-war renaissance. By 1946 production was underway and by 1949 Ducati had progressed to its first "real" motorcycle - the Ducati 60 - which was soon joined by the "Cruiser", the first scooter in the history of Italian motorcycling to have an automatic gearbox.

  4. THE ARRIVAL OF FABIO TAGLIONI: In 1954 the newly formed company, "Ducati Meccanica” recruited a man whose name would become synonymous with Ducati: Engineer Fabio Taglioni. Entrusted with the far from simple task of creating a race bike that would win right from its debut, Taglioni began to design the Gran Sports models, which would dominate high level competitions such as the Milano Taranto and the Motogiro d’Italia.

  5.    THE DESMODROMIC SYSTEM: In 1956 Fabio Taglioni took a technical solution that had already proved successful for Mercedes and its winning Formula 1 cars of 1954 and 1955 and integrated the Desmodromic system into a motorcycle for the very first time. The system controlled the closing of the valves mechanically - without relying on classic springs - and consisted of a sophisticated system of camshafts and opening and closing rocker arms. Victorious upon its debut in 1956 with the Ducati 125 Desmo, the "Desmo" technology continued to be developed and refined from that year on and became one of the key features of Ducati motorcycle engines.

  6. FROM VOCATION TO RACING - THE RIDERS: Throughout history, the Ducati brand has always been directly linked to the riders who have ridden the famous Bologna motorcycles to an incredible list of race victories and world titles. Now, four generations of Ducati riders describe their adventures on the track, their extraordinary experiences with members of the team and life in the "Ducati family".

  7. THE WORLD TOUR: In 1957 two Ducati employees, Leopoldo Tartarini and Giorgio Monetti, set out on a tour around the world onboard two Ducati 175 machines fresh from the production line. This "promotional tour" supported by Ducati and never before imagined for a motorcycle, became an incredible one year journey that saw the two adventurers complete more than 70,000kms (43,500 miles).

  8. FROM AMERICAN DREAM TO TWIN-CYLINDER: The arrival of Ducati in the American motorcycle market was a very significant step for the company. Although not directly involved in competition, the Italian manufacturer developed two important projects, the Apollo and the Scrambler. Both bikes went down in history, the Apollo for being the first Ducati to have the "L" configuration engine while the Scrambler, initially intended only for the American market, became the most desired motorcycle for Italians also. In response to the influx of Japanese machines in the early 1970s, Ducati produced its very first twins, the 500 GP and the 750 GT.

  9. IMOLA 1972: The "Imola 200" in 1972 was the first international competition for race bikes derived from production machines and signified one of the most important victories for the Ducati L-Twin. At its debut, the 750 Imola ridden by Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari, demonstrated its incredible potential by outclassing the competition and beating man-of-the-moment, Giacomo Agostini aboard the MV Agusta.

  10. "MIKE THE BIKE": Later that decade Ducati scored one of its most historic victories, the 1978 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. The win, on the notorious island track, was to be one of the final victories for Englishman Mike Hailwood™, the unforgettable champion who had started his brilliant career on board a Ducati in 1958.

  11. FROM PANTAH TO SUPERBIKE: The need for Ducati to update the design of the twin-cylinder engine in 1979, saw the bevel gear cam-drive replaced by a toothed belt system. The "Pantah" project also introduced Ducati’s famous Trellis frame and in 1985 made the significant progression to four-valve cylinder heads, both elements later seen as the true beginning of the modern Ducati Superbike.

  12. FROM MONSTER TO MOTOGP: The 1990s signified a turning point for Ducati.  In a decade characterized by financial turmoil, Ducati passed from the hands of the Cagiva Group to those of the investment fund, Texas Pacific Group. Ducati was thus renewed as a company and transformed into one of the most respected companies in the motorcycling world. (Ducati is now under the control of the investment group Investindustrial, owned by the Bonomi family). The company, strong from its successes during the first years of Superbike, poured the experience gained from racing into the production of two iconic motorcycles, the Monster and the 916. The last decade of the 20th century also saw the creation of Ducati Corse, Ducati’s dominant racing division which first competed in the World Superbike Championship before making a debut in MotoGP and subsequently winning their first world title in 2007 with Casey Stoner.


The Ducati Story DVD includes revealing interviews with:

  • Troy Bayliss – World Superbike Champion 2001, 2006, 2008.

  • Alan Cathcart – International motorcycle journalist and author.

  • Loris Capirossi - Ducati Motogp team rider 2003-2007.

  • Claudio Domenicali – General manager of Ducati Motor Holding.

  • Giancarlo Falappa – Ducati World Superbike rider.

  • Carl Fogarty - World Superbike Champion 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999

  • Franco Farnè – Ducati racing team chief mechanic 1958-1999.

  • Marco Lucchinelli – Winner of the Battle of the Twins in Daytona in 1986 and 1987.

  • Giuliano Maoggi – Winner of Motogiro in 1956.

  • Gianluigi Mengoli – Engine Director.

  • Mario Recchia -  One of the first riders to race the Cucciolo in 1947.

  • Paul Smart – Winner of the Imola 200 in 1972.

  • Norina Taglioni – The wife of the late Fabio Taglioni.

  • Davide Tardozzi – Ducati World Superbike Team Manager.

  • Leopoldo Tartarini e Giorgio Monetti – Heroes of the round-the-world trip in 1957.

In addition to the motorcycles exhibited in the Ducati Museum, the DVD presents rare footage of:

  • The launch of the Ducati camera in 1941.

  • The launch of the Ducati "Cruiser" scooter in 1952.

  • The Motogiro d’ Italia 1955 and 1957.

  • The speed record set by the Siluro in 1956.

  • The round-the-world Ducati journey in 1957.

  • Historic and rare interview with Fabio Taglioni. 

  • The Imola 200 in 1972.

  • The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy in 1978. 

  • Previously unseen footage of the Ducati TT2 in action.

  • Ducati models presented during the 1973 Milan motorcycle show.

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