Ducati Launches the Pikes Peak Race Blog Featuring the Multistrada 1200

Ducati Blog to Follow the Faulkner-Livingston Ducati Team in their Quest to Win the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

**Cupertino, Calif. (17 June 2010) - **Ducati North America is excited to unveil the Pikes Peak Race Blog, an internet resource where fans can follow the xxx from the building of the bikes through the Race to the Clouds on June 27th.

Following a successful mountain test this past weekend, the Faulkner-Livingston Ducati race team has prepared a blog for all to follow. The blog documents their adventures building and racing the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

As the most prestigious Hill Climb in America, Pikes Peak is the race in which both automobile and motorcycle racers alike dream of taking top time and mountain glory. Over the years several iconic moments in racing history have been made there; such as Audi's legendary Quattro victories with Walter Rohrl. In 2010 Ducati is aiming to add to that list with the radical new Multistrada 1200.

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is a type of motorcycle the mountain has never seen before- one which through a combination of ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, ABS and electronic suspension can adapt itself to a rider's demands on the fly. This negates the need for a compromise in setup between the course's paved and dirt sections, and enables the Multistrada to achieve optimum performance the whole way up the mountain.

The Pikes Peak Race Blog can be found at pikespeak.ducatiusa.com; where the team's progress can be followed all the way through race day on June 27th.

For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Ducati's participation in the race; please visit pikespeak.ducatiusa.com. To learn more about Ducati and its line of racing inspired motorcycles please visit www.ducatiusa.com.

Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence. The company produces motorcycles in six market segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended customers: Superbike, Streetfighter, Monster, Multistrada, SportClassic and Hypermotard. The company's motorcycles are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European, North American and Japan markets. Ducati competes in the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In World Superbike, Ducati won the 2009 Manufacturer's title, bringing the total to 16 of the last 19 Manufacturers' titles and 13 Riders' titles. Competing in MotoGP since 2003, Ducati won both the Constructors' and Riders' world titles in 2007. For more information, please visit our web site at www.ducati.com

Ducati Launches the Pikes Peak Race Blog Featuring the Multistrada 1200