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.
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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!
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
Born: 7 August 1982 in Ravenna, Italy
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Lucky Number: 33
Race Number: 33
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
Type: Two-cylinder four-stroke, L-shaped 90°
Bore for stroke: 112mm x 60.8mm
Distribution: Desmodromic, 4 valves per cylinder
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
Front: Brembo radial P4X30-34 calipers with 328mm floating discs
Rear: Brembo radial P2X34 caliper with 230mm floating disc
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
Gear: 6 speed, straight cut gears
Clutch: EVR with multiple disc slipper clutch in oil bath, hydraulically operated
Front tyres: Pirelli slick 120/70-R17
Rear tyres: Pirelli slick 200/60-R17