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The passion continues! Bft with Aruba.it Racing - Ducati in the Superbike World Championship 2017

The close relationship between Bft and the world of motorcycle road racing continues: in 2017, the company based in Schio will be the new sponsor of the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team for another year of major sporting events. 

This partnership, which will bring new emotions, is based on important shared values; first of all the drive for innovation, but also a focus on cutting-edge technology and a passion that allows even better results to be achieved.

As always, the launch of the 2017 team was held at the data centre of Aruba, in Arezzo, on 8 February, where the Superbike riders and team management were presented. The event was filled with adrenaline, emotion, passion, team spirit and determination.

Watch the team launch video < 

The Superbike championship will kick off on 24 February at the Phillip Island circuit: the riders are ready to get on the Ducati Panigale R 2017 to compete in the race.

The Director of Marketing and Product Portfolio Bft, Diego Malvestio, commented pleased: "Once again, this year, Bft will be racing to win with a focus on “Made in Italy”. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team is an esteemed symbol of power, style and performance. This can also be seen in the choice of team sponsors, which only include companies that offer high innovation and technology standards. Bft is therefore particularly proud to be part of this team, and together we will do our best to come out top in each competition".

From this year, the value and competitiveness of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team will be further enhanced thanks to Italian rider Marco Melandri, along with the English champion Chaz Davies. All the ingredients are ready to be combined in order to achieve the most ambitious goal, winning the World Championship!

We believe we can do it, come on Aruba.it Racing - Ducati, Be Ahead!


Official race calendar 2017 – Superbike Championship <

The racers

Chaz Davies

Born: 10 February 1987 in Knighton, Wales

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 70 kg

Lucky Number: 7

Race Number: 7

Hobby: Snowboard, Xbox and all on two and four-wheel sports - cycling, MX, trial, kart…

Favourite Track: Aragon, but also all the tracks where I won!

First SBK Win: Nürburgring 2012

First SBK Podium: Aragon 2012

Marco Melandri

Born: 7 August 1982 in Ravenna, Italy

Height: 165 cm

Weight: 60 kg

Lucky Number: 33

Race Number: 33

Hobby: Motocross

Favourite Track: Wherever my first win with Ducati is

First SBK Win: Donington 2011

First SBK Podium: Phillip Island 2011

The motorbike - Ducati Panigale R Superbike

"SUPERQUADRO" ENGINE

Type: Two-cylinder four-stroke, L-shaped 90°

Capacity: 1198cm³

Bore for stroke: 112mm x 60.8mm

Distribution: Desmodromic, 4 valves per cylinder

Cooling: Liquid

Engine management: Ignition-injection unit Magnetti Marelli MLE

Fuel supply: Electronic injection, independent motorised elliptical throttle bodies*

Injectors: Mitsubishi SF2204, 2 injectors per cylinder

Exhaust: Akrapovic 2 in 1 titanium, 2 titanium silencers

Power: 215CV at 12000 rpm at the crankshaft

Maximum speed: 315km/h

Lubrification: Forced lubrication, geared


BREAKS

Front: Brembo radial P4X30-34 calipers with 328mm floating discs

Rear: Brembo radial P2X34 caliper with 230mm floating disc


VEHICLE

Frame: Aluminium monocoque

Suspension: Öhlins 42mm pressurised RSP25 upside-down front fork– Single-side aluminium swingarm with Öhlins RSP40 single shock absorber

Rims: Marchesini forged aluminium 3.50x17’’ front and 6.00x17’’ rear


TRANSMISSION

Gear: 6 speed, straight cut gears

Clutch: EVR with multiple disc slipper clutch in oil bath, hydraulically operated


TYRES

Front tyres: Pirelli slick 120/70-R17

Rear tyres: Pirelli slick 200/60-R17

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