Technical partnership with SKF is key to Ducati’s racing success

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    2015 March 27, 14:00 CEST

    The technical partnership between Ducati and SKF has produced racing success for over 70 years.  New integrated technology is key for the future.

    Gothenburg, 27 March 2015: SKF has sponsored the Italian motor cycle manufacturer Ducati for over 70 years, helping the company to achieve unparalleled racing success in the World Superbike Championship.

    SKF has been a Ducati Corse Official Technical partner for many years and the relationship between the two companies has been strengthened year after year preparing the way for new technical developments in the future.

    SKF designs and manufactures a wide range of high performance bearings that are used by Ducati in wheel hubs, gearboxes, camshafts, clutches and suspension assemblies.  These are engineered to meet the ever tougher demands of the motorsport sector.

    Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse, explains, “At the moment, we are using the latest technology to gain valuable information, especially about the engine. It is vital to be able to determine, for example, the loads at certain times, in particular situations. We believe that SKF’s help is essential to continue this development which will, more and more, integrate mechanical components with electronics. In a small contained system such as a racing bike, the integration between the electronic and mechanical systems is becoming increasingly critical to reduce weight while improving reliability and performance. This is an area where we expect to make real progress with SKF in 2015."

    Franco Ferro, Bearing Sales Director, Automotive Market, says, “We’re excited to be working again with Ducati for the 2015 racing season. Our latest technology is being used in the new Desmosedici GP15. This is a fantastic bike that factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone will compete with in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. We’re expecting great results that will build on Ducati’s proud racing heritage.”

    Aktiebolaget SKF

    For further information, please contact: Press Relations:
    Monique Turner, +1 267 436 6836; +1 215 801 8722;

    SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2014 were SEK 70,975 million and the number of employees was 48,593.

    ® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.

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