Ducati Monster 797+ to Make MotoAmerica Privateer Racing Official Debut at Road Atlanta This Weekend

Press Release | April 3, 2019
  • Ducati Monster 797+ to compete in MotoAmerica Twins Cup class during inaugural race of 2019 MotoAmerica season
  • Newly homologated Monster 797+ to race during April 5-7 event at Road Atlanta
  • Quarterley Racing rider Michael Barnes to pilot Monster 797 throughout the 2019 season
Ducati Monster 797+ to compete in MotoAmerica Twins Cup class during inaugural race of 2019 MotoAmerica season

This is a press release from Ducati…

Mountain View, Calif. (April 3, 2019) – A new addition to Ducati’s rich racing history begins this weekend as the 2019 Ducati Monster 797+ is scheduled to compete in the season opener of the MotoAmerica race series. A newly homologated Monster 797+, to be ridden by Quarterely Racing’s Michael Barnes, will enter the Twins Cup class at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia this weekend, with competition taking place from Saturday, April 6 through Sunday, April 7. The Twins Cup evokes the privateer spirit of providing an accessible form of road racing in a national series and the Ducati Monster 797+ is the perfect complement.

“On the heels of the Monster’s 25th anniversary last year, our participation in the 2019 MotoAmerica season with the Monster 797+ is a testament to the practical engineering of a iconic Ducati model,” said Jason Chinnock, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati North America. “The Monster 797+ is often an entry point into the Ducati world, so the fact that it will officially debut in this upcoming race shows that it’s a competitive machine as well, and one that can be enjoyed both on and off the track by motorcyclists of all levels.”

Barnes brings 30 years of professional racing experience to this weekend’s race aboard his Monster 797. He recently won the 2016 Daytona 200.

The Ducati Monster is known as the most approachable and accessible model in the Ducati model line-up, proven groundbreaking when it was introduced to the world of naked-motorcycle design in 1993. The Monster 797+ is currently the smallest-displacement Monster and, with low-seat height, accessible power and standard ABS, it’s also the perfect bike for both new and returning riders. Aspiring Ducati owners can now purchase their own Monster 797+ starting as low as $106 per month, through Ducati Premier Financing. Additionally, the Monster 797+ is eligible for Ducati’s New Rider Program, which will reimburse $250 toward a state authorized rider education course with the purchase of an eligible motorcycle.

More than 325,000 Monsters have been made since 1993, making it the best-selling Ducati in the company’s history to date. For the 2019 model year, the Monster is available in 797cc, 821cc and 1200cc versions.