Revellers at 2012 World Ducati Week got a surprise treat with defending World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa completing an unscheduled test of the WSBK-spec Ducati 1199 Panigale. The Althea Ducati racer has ridden the production version of the Panigale but this marked his first test of the WSBK-spec version. His maiden ride of the WSBK […]
6.0-Magnitude Earthquake in Italy May Threaten Ducati Production
Ducati‘s factory in Bologna, Italy, was undamaged in last weekend’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake but production may still be affected by a shortage of parts.
The May 20 earthquake struck the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, about 22 miles north of Bologna. The earthquake claimed seven lives and left thousands homeless. The region continues to be afflicted by aftershocks.
Ducati‘s Borgo Panigale factory was not directly affected by the earthquake but the same cannot be said of some of Ducati’s local parts suppliers. Ducati Chief Executive Officer Gabriele Del Torchio tells Italy’s Corriere di Bologna Ducati is in contact with its suppliers and monitoring the situation.
Key concerns for Ducati are the Scacchetti Foundry which suffered severe structural damage, and TMM di Finale Emilia which produces exhaust systems. The Scacchetti Foundry also produces material for Ferrari but the automaker has offered to relocate workers to other facilities to continue work.