Borgo Panigale and China, two worlds that have never been so close. Representative of what is a fast-growing passion and an increasingly enthusiastic community, China is now the stage for a brand-new show in Ducati racing history. The Ducati China Panigale Cup marks the first spec series for the red bikes, an ambitious project launched to offer Ducati customers a unique experience, letting them feel like professional racers for a season as they experience the adrenaline typical of unmistakable Ducati DNA.
A celebration of passion, speed and competitive spirit.
The first edition of the Ducati China Panigale Cup ran from March to October 2019. It began with a special session with the full line-up of DRE instructors, including Dario Marchetti, Technical Director of the DRE Racetrack and manager of the Ducati riders’ school, and Alessandro Valia, instructor, rider and official Ducati test rider. The aim was to provide future DCPC riders with track riding secrets and techniques in order to get the best out of the 959 Panigale. Aboard a special version of this very bike, complete with dedicated livery, Pirelli race tyres and an Akrapovič exhaust, the 16 participants battled it out, the riders in turn equipped with official Ducati race apparel and Suomy helmets.
Mr. Ye Jiayu was crowned 2019 DCPC Champion, followed closely by Ms. Jia Tianshuang, the only female rider in the series.
The four DCPC rounds, organised by Ducati China together with the Ranking Racing Motorsport (Tianjin) Co. Ltd., ran during key Chinese motorsport events, such as the FIA China F4 Championship and the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival, thus guaranteeing participants significant visibility. Competitors enjoyed a real ‘day in the life’ of a professional racer both on track, thanks to Ducati technical support with a personalised one-to-one service from mechanics and post-race debriefings, and off it, thanks to the excellent hospitality service.
The 2020 Ducati China Panigale Cup will see 22 amateur riders take to the track. Contrary to the 2019 edition, teams are also admitted to this year’s competition. Riders can therefore participate individually or as part of a team, receiving the same high-quality package in both cases, or rather, the 959 Panigale in its race configuration, Ducati race apparel, qualified technical support including race prep and technical performance analysis, and hospitality services during the competition, flexible depending on individual preferences.
A milestone for the development of Chinese motorsport, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all Ducatisti.
The Ducati China Panigale Cup represents an important step in terms of motorsport development in China and is a very positive challenge for Ducati. In the words of Ducati China general manager Fabrizio Cazzoli, the success of the 2019 edition came down to “the smiles and sportsmanship that the riders immediately demonstrated. Competitive on track but friends in the garage - this is the true Ducati spirit, instilled in Borgo Panigale and extending as far as the fans in China and all around the world”.
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