Desmo on dirt: Ducati confirm 2024 motocross plans

Ducati motocross teaser image
Ducati motocross teaser image

Following seemingly endless rumours circulating online, Ducati have finally confirmed that they will be branching out into the world of motocross next year – debuting a prototype in the Italian championship following two years of closed doors development.

“I am proud to announce Ducati’s entry into motocross,” CEO Claudio Domenicali said. “A totally new world for Ducati in which we want to bring our talent in designing lightweight motorcycles, with excellent components and high performance and – above all – which can excite more and more motorcyclists.”

The move, which is set to spawn a full range of off-road motorcycles and engines, follows fellow premium European brand Triumph – who will attempt to cash in on an untapped market by contesting the FIM Motocross World Championship in 2024.

Ducati motocross rear wheel

Ducati have now confirmed that they have signed a deal with nine-time Motocross World Champion Antonio Cairoli, who will help test and develop the new machines. Eight-time Italian champion, Alessandro Lupino will also race for the brand next season in the domestic series.

Speaking in a statement released on Tuesday, 24 October, the Bologna firm said: “This strategy confirms the approach that distinguishes Ducati in the development of its sportiest and most high-performance models, i.e. starting from racing competition and then creating series products capable of exceptional performance for the delight of its enthusiasts.”

Although there are few details available at this time, it has been confirmed that the new machines will feature Ducati’s signature Desmodromic valve system – said to allow for a broad power curve.