19 July 2012 - The acquisition of Ducati Motor Holding by Audi AG has been fully completed through its controlled company, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
The new Board of Directors appointed the CEO of Audi AG, Rupert Stadler, as President of the Board and Gabriele Del Torchio and Claudio Domenicali from Ducati as Members of the Board alongside Horst Glaser and Axel Strotbek of Audi AG.
The Board of Directors then additionally appointed Gabriele Del Torchio as CEO of Ducati Motor Holding and, during the same meeting, formed the new Ducati Motor Holding Executive Committee of Members of the Board, members of the Ducati Motor Holding Management and further appointing Gabriele Del Torchio as President.
Audi AG also made the decision to appoint Gabriele Del Torchio to the Board of Directors of Automobili Lamborghini SPA.
Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by “Desmodromic” performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike.
These authentic icons of “made in Italy” are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Asia Pacific markets. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.