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Ducati Honors Senna With Collector’s Limited-Edition Monster

The Monster Senna special edition aims to celebrate the solid relationship established between Ducati and the Brazilian champion.

Ducati paid homage to Ayrton Senna by presenting a collector’s limited-edition Monster, honoring the extraordinary career of the Brazilian racing driver and the legacy he left behind. The limited number of units is a tribute to the legend: 341. Three is the number of World Titles won by Senna in Formula 1, while 41 is the number of Grand Prix that Ayrton finished celebrating on the podium’s top step.

The Monster Senna special edition aims to celebrate the solid relationship established between Ducati and the Brazilian champion. This mutual passion between the two motorsport legends is a passion that the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer still cultivates today through the relationship with Ayrton’s family and with Senna Brands. This collaboration led to the design of the special livery, designed by Centro Stile Ducati.

The choice of the Monster as the model to create this limited edition is also linked to the history of Ayrton, who was one of the very first owners of the Monster 900 that he used throughout Monte Carlo and arrived at a gala the evening of the 1993 Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Ayrton liked the Monster’s simple concept of finding joy in motorcycling: a sporty engine, perfect for road use, chassis derived from the Superbike, wide handlebars and no fairing.

The Monster Senna pays homage to the three-time World Champion with a special livery inspired by the color of the helmet he wore in races throughout his career. Parts of the livery feature yellow, green and blue, clear homages to the Brazilian flag.

The motorcycle dedicated by Ducati to Senna was presented in the paddock of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari racetrack at Imola during the Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali and Senna Brands CEO Bianca Senna shared the bond between Senna and Ducati, with a contribution also from Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“Ayrton Senna was and will forever stand as an icon,” said Domenicali. “A sports legend, an extraordinary person and a passionate motorcyclist whom we wish to honor with a special edition of one of the most iconic models in our range: the Monster. Senna was one of the very first owners of the Monster 900 and perfectly represented the values of this bike: style, boldness and fun. The Monster Senna demonstrates how honored we are to define a champion of this incredible level as a true Ducatista.”

“The partnership with Ducati is historic and very relevant today,” said Senna. “The Monster is a perfect motorcycle to recall Ayrton’s lifestyle, focused on high performance, but able to enjoy leisure moments. Fans around the world who admire Ayrton will find this partnership a genuine tribute to his legacy”.

The Story of Ducati and Ayrton Senna

The paths of Ducati and Ayrton Senna crossed for the first time in 1990, when Claudio Castiglioni, then owner of Ducati and a passionate fan of Senna and his innate talent, gave the three-time world champion an 851 SP. In the following years, Senna and Ducati realized they had many common values. When the World Champion saw the new Ducati 916 in person, he was absolutely fascinated by it, giving rise to the idea of collaborating on a special project capable of uniting the Ducati and Senna brands.

Thus was born the Ducati 916 Senna, a motorcycle characterized by a livery chosen by the Brazilian driver personally, opting for a contrasting graphic between anthracite grey, matt black and red, which became iconic in the following years. The special series, limited to just 300 units, was announced by Ducati in March 1994.

The tragic accident in which Ayrton Senna lost his life occurred a few months before the start of production of the Ducati 916 Senna and stopped every operation linked to Ayrton, but the subsequent discussion between Ducati and Senna’s family convinced the parties to go ahead with the project in Ayrton’s memory, with the presentation taking place at the 1994 Motor Show. The first series sold out quickly and was then followed by two more in 1997 and 1998, with colors chosen by Ayrton’s brother, Leonardo Senna.

The collaboration with Senna Brands resumed in 2014 with the 1199 Panigale, which featured a limited series of 161 units — the same as the number of Grands Prix raced by Ayrton — reserved for the Brazilian market. All Ducati Sennas are highly sought after by collectors worldwide.

Benchmark Components

The Monster Senna is equipped with components that, in addition to embellishing its look, also improve the bike’s dynamic qualities and allow it to reach a curb weight without fuel of 385 pounds, i.e., 10 pounds less than the standard model.

The Monster, a modern reinterpretation of the original bike, is a light, easy-to-handle, and fast motorcycle. It is powered by the Testastretta 11-degree engine, a liquid-cooled four-valve twin-cylinder with desmodromic distribution producing 111 horsepower, reliable and fun thanks to a full delivery curve at all rpms. It features an extremely functional and effective chassis inspired by Ducati Superbikes, fully adjustable and sporty Öhlins suspension, forged wheels, a sophisticated braking system with Brembo Stylema front calipers and aluminum flanges for the brake discs, and top-of-the-segment electronics.

The Monster Senna’s aesthetics, in addition to the special coloring, are embellished by the yellow, green and blue tag on the black rims specially made for this model and the yellow on-the-brake calipers and on the Termignoni homologated carbon fiber silencers. Other distinctive elements of this model are the special seat, the matching engine guard and the dedicated dashboard animation, which starts when the ignition is turned on.

Finally, each motorbike is made unique by a plaque on the triple clamp with the model name and number of the bike, as well as by a certificate of authenticity and the presence of a dedicated motorcycle cover.

The dedicated page on Ducati’s website contains all the information about this limited-edition unveil and the history of the relationship between Ducati and Senna.

Main Standard Equipment

  • “Senna” celebratory livery*
  • Plate with the model name and progressive number (XXX/341)*
  • Dedicated animation on dashboard ignition*
  • Sports seat with logo*
  • 937cc Testastretta 11-degree engine
  • Maximum power: 111 horsepower at 9,250 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 69 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm
  • Homologated Termignoni silencer with yellow stripe*
  • Aluminium front frame
  • Rear subframe in lightweight glass-fiber reinforced polymers (GFRP)
  • Aluminum footrests machined from solid*
  • Aluminum swingarm
  • Öhlins steering damper**
  • Öhlins NIX30 front fork**
  • Öhlins monoshock**
  • Forged aluminum wheels ( minus 1.86 kilograms) with two-tone yellow/green/blue tag*
  • Front and rear mudguards in carbon fiber**
  • Engine guard*
  • Full LED lighting system with sweeping technology direction indicators
  • 4.3-inch color TFT instrumentation with a gear engaged and fuel level indicator
  • Riding Modes (three settings) calibrated to benefit from the new chassis, with a new Wet Riding Mode
  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) cornering adjustable on three levels with front-only mode
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) eight levels, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) four levels
  • Launch Control adjustable on three levels
  • Brembo front brakes with 320-millimeter discs with aluminum flanges, monobloc Stylema calipers painted in yellow, radial master cylinder, and pads made of sintered material*
  • Hydraulic clutch with radial pump
  • Seat height 840-millimeters from the ground
  • Ducati Quickshifter (DQS) up/down
  • Lithium-ion battery**
  • Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tyres
  • Windshield
  • Passenger seat cover
  • Dedicated motorcycle cover*
  • Certificate of authenticity*

*Exclusive equipment specific to Monster Senna
**Premium equipment in comparison to Monster/Monster+

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