Last weekend the fifth edition of "Motostudent" took place, the motorcycle competition for vehicles created by university students from all over the world and organized by the Moto Engineering Foundation & TechnoPark MotorLand at the Spanish Circuit of Aragon.
At the event, 74 teams hailing from 3 continents were present and then divided into the Petrol category (for motorcycles with internal combustion engines) which had 49 participants and the Electric category (for motorcycles with electric powertrains) which consisted of 25 participants. Fondazione Ducati supported UniBo Motorsport as the main sponsor, presenting itself as the rookie team in the Electric category.
Alpha Leonis, a competition prototype conceived, designed and developed entirely by students from different Faculties of the University of Bologna were constantly supported by a small group of Ducati professionals. They immediately proved themselves to be real competitors at the dynamic events.
The fact that they achieved third place is due to 18 months of intense work by more than 40 team members who received a reward not only for their dedicated effort but also for developing a highly performing bike as well as accurately presenting their work in the preparatory phases that contributed to the final score.
"We are extremely proud and satisfied with the work done by all the team members in recent months in which many of us have sacrificed many personal aspects to give 100 percent to this project", declared Daniele Battistini and Davide Grossi, Team Leader and CTO of UniBo Motorsport respectively.
"We started from scratch about 18 months ago and we were able to show up as a team with an extremely competitive bike: thanks to the precious collaboration with Ducati we now have a role model for these kind of university activities". These were the words of Prof. Nicolò Cavina, Faculty Advisor of the MotoStudent Project for the University of Bologna.
"What truly amazed and impressed me was to see a group of students growing and developing in an exceptional way during this years work & they also behaved like experienced professionals throughout the race weekend" says Pierluigi Zampieri, Vehicle Innovation Manager of Ducati and Corporate Tutor of the initiative.
The Team is already working towards achieving another victory in their next challenge against other students from all over the world.