Together they add up to more than 150 years of history, share tradition, passion for design and innovation as well as a long journey in the world of competition. They are two brands from southern Europe; SEAT (Barcelona) and Ducati (Bologna) that strengthen ties on the occasion of the MotoGP World Championship, where the León CUPRA, the most powerful model of the Spanish brand, is the official car of the Italian team in the 18 races of the championship.
Hand in hand with those responsible for its historical collections, Livio Lodi and Isidre López, the guardians of the two and four-wheeled jewels, we review the history and the vehicles that have marked the successes and trajectory of the two companies:
FROM “PAPAMÓVIL” TO CASEY STONER
SEAT and Ducati have two collections that keep their tradition alive. SEAT's A122 ship has 263 vehicles, among which race cars stand out, as well as different vehicles that speak of the history of Spain; such as the 600 that motorized the country or the mythical "popemobile" that was built especially for the visit of the pontiff in 1982. The Ducati museum in Bologna shows the most iconic models of the brand such as the 125 GP Desmo motorcycle, the first motorcycle of circuit, until the Desmosedici GP 07 with which Casey Stoner won the world championship in 2007.
ON THE PODIUM
In addition to designing and manufacturing utility vehicles and street bikes, both companies have a successful track record in the racing world. Since 1970 SEAT Sport has won two World Touring Car Championships (2008 and 2009), more than 25 rally titles and championships, as well as organizing successful one-make competitions around the world. For its part, the Italian firm has been racing in MotoGP for 14 years - winning 33 races -, 24 seasons in the Superbike World Championship - where it has won 17 manufacturer titles - and has a presence in other national competitions. In 2007 the team won the MotoGP world championship at the Motegi circuit (Japan) with Australian rider Casey Stoner.
FROM MONTJUIC TO MONTECARLO
Both companies have vehicles that have contested mythical tests in the field of competition. The SEAT 124 Group 4 took the podium in the legendary Monte Carlo rally in 1977 and the Ducati 900 won the 1980 Hours of Montjuic in 24, one of the toughest urban competitions in motorcycling history.
If the emblematic “Ducati Red” was born in 1985 thanks to the 750 Paso, the SEAT 124 Group 4 managed to get the 1977 Monte Carlo competition to be nicknamed the “SEAT Taxi Rally” because that model and its color was the one used for that public service in the Spain of the time.