The Du­cati Story – 6th Edi­tion

Old Bike Australasia - - ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC 500 STEALTH - By Ian Fal­loon

Rac­ing and Pro­duc­tion Mo­tor­cy­cles from 1945 ISBN: 978-1- 787110-85-4 Hard­back 368 pages RRP (Aus­tralia) $83.50 Pub­lished by Ve­loce­ Avail­able from Ren­niks Pub­li­ca­tions • (02) 96957055­ Pro­lific Mel­bourne au­thor Ian Fal­loon has fur­ther up­dated his com­pre­hen­sive his­tory of Du­cati that has be­come one of the most au­thor­i­ta­tive books on the sub­ject. More than twenty years have passed be­tween the orig­i­nal book and this sixth edi­tion, and the com­pany’s for­tunes have waxed and waned in the en­su­ing decades. Since 2012, Du­cati has been un­der the con­trol of Audi AG, part of the global gi­ant Volk­swa­gen Group, and this lat­est edi­tion de­votes a new 62-page chap­ter to the on­go­ing story. The change in the brand’s for­tunes was in­stan­ta­neous, with sales up 21%, although Du­cati strug­gled in Moto GP de­spite sign­ing su­per­star Valentino Rossi – a far cry from the glory days of 2007 and Casey Stoner’s World Cham­pi­onship. The book is a high qual­ity item with ex­cel­lent pho­to­graphs, many of which are the work of Phil Ayns­ley.

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