You remember that lockdown thing? Where you had to stay home and not do anything and look at pictures of bikes on the internet because the government said you’re not allowed to ride them? In South Africa, such things are a distant memory – so very 2020!

However, if your name was, say, Mat and you lived in, for example, France then that memory still remains a reality, one we remind him of everyday.

And yet, despite such restrictions on the population, Ducati has posted increased sales numbers for the first quarter of 2021, something our entire office has described as “showing off”.

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The Italian motorcycle manufacturer delivered 12,803 bikes from January to March, recording an increase in sales of +33% compared to the same period in 2020.

In other words, it sold 33% more motorcycles than when the panic of The Plague first set in, and people were filling their spare rooms with toilet paper and hiding under their beds. A foolish brag, it seems, however they have also beaten their 2019 first quarter – a time when humans were yet to be considered unhygienic – by 2%.

Claudio Domenicali, the big boss man of Ducati, was righty chuffed: “The performance in the first months of 2021 is certainly very positive. Motorcycles delivered to customers in the first quarter of the year grew not only compared to 2020, already impacted by Covid, but also compared to 2019. Even more remarkable is the size of the order portfolio (motorcycles to be delivered) at the end of the quarter, which is the best-ever, with an extraordinary 93% growth compared to 2020 and +135% compared to 2019. Enthusiasts are appreciating the 2021 range and the family of Ducatisti is expanding.”

Ducatis are in demand, a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless, given the logistical problems the world is facing: “The global market situation is positive in the world of two wheels, while the supply and transport sectors are much more complex, with delivery delays and a shortage of various raw materials. This makes it difficult to satisfy all the demand from our passionate customers, but at Ducati, we are strongly motivated to do everything we can to reduce the inconvenience caused by this situation. I want to thank all the women and men who, in Borgo Panigale and in our subsidiaries around the world, are working with great commitment in this period of high seasonality”.

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Italy remains the number one market for Ducati with 2,354 motorcycles delivered, followed by the USA with 1,723 and Germany with 1,275 units. The Ducati Scrambler 800 range was the best performing, while the Multistrada V4 is the model most delivered to customers, followed by the Streetfighter V4.

This is good news for more than just Ducati – it means that people have overcome their fears and returned to the blissful world of two-wheeled transport. Long may it continue.