Ducati now has a motocross team and new dirtbike

In late last year, Ducati teased fans with an upcoming dirtbike that it was developing. Now, Ducati Corse Off-Road, the Ducati division in charge of racing activity in the world of knobby tires, has presented the two prototypes that will be used by Antonio Cairoli and Alessandro Lupino in 2024, in Madonna di Campiglio during the Campioni in Pista event.

Ducati presents MX team and Desmo450 MX bike image

“It is a great pleasure to inaugurate another Ducati racing season in Madonna di Campiglio, a location that perfectly expresses the values of ‘Made in Italy’ of which we are proud ambassadors and which last year represented the starting point of an unforgettable season. The path that has led us to be the best in the world in racing is undoubtedly made up of the hard daily work of these years, but also of our ability to work as a team and have fun while putting our maximum effort into what we do,” says Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali.

The Desmo450 MX, this is the name of Ducati’s new motocross model, was presented on the PalaCampiglio stage in the racing livery that it will sport in competition this year - in the Italian Motocross Pro - Prestige MX1 Championship - by the Ducati Corse R&D - Factory MX Team managed by Corrado and Marco Maddii.

While Ducati has yet to publish the Desmo450 MX's full specs and features (since this is a prototype), based on the photos, some of the obvious stuff revealed that the bike enjoys top-spec Showa suspension system, Brembo braking system, DID chain set, top-spec EXCEL rims, Akrapovic full exhaust system, Pirelli Scorpion MX tires and many more.

Ducati presents MX team and Desmo450 MX bike image

The target of this first season of racing is mainly to acquire data and information in racing to contribute to the development of the Desmo450 MX that will go into production in the second half of 2025.

It will be Alessandro Lupino who will take part in all the rounds of the Italian Championship, as well as in an intense testing program, in which he will be joined by Antonio Cairoli.

The race debut of the Ducati Desmo450 MX is planned for March 16 and 17 in Mantua for the first round of the Italian Motocross Pro Prestige MX1 Championship.