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Ducati Expands E-Commerce Effort

6 March 2000

Management Commits to Building Best Site in Motorcycling

    BOLOGNA, Italy - Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., a leading manufacturer of high
performance motorcycles, today announced that it has established a new
Internet division to fully explore and develop its rapidly-growing Internet
site  The new division, which will have a team of dedicated
Internet and e-commerce professionals separate from Ducati Motor S.p.A., will
serve Ducati enthusiasts, suppliers and dealers and will be based in Bologna
and London.  The new venture has plans to initially hire up to
15 professionals during its start-up phase.  The site will provide a complete
"World of Ducati" experience by enhancing the current offering of news,
entertainment, special events, auctions and business-to-business commerce as
well as adding new functions such as business-to-consumer and consumer-to-
consumer activities.

    "We believe, thanks to the wild success of the MH900e, the first bike ever
to be launched on and sold over the Internet, that the Internet will become a
strategic tool in the future growth of the Ducati businesses," said Federico
Minoli, Ducati Chairman and CEO of the new venture.  The MH900e was launched
on the Internet on January 1, 2000.  The first year's production sold out in
31 minutes.  The full two thousand units (the next two years' production) were
subsequently sold in the following few weeks, making Ducati one of Italy's
largest e-tailers.

    The current "" site presently receives up to 150,000 hits a
day and has more than 30,000 unique users each month.  The company's auction
site, "Desmobid" (""), currently auctions burnt-out
racing parts consumed by our racing teams during Superbike Championships
around the world.  Last year, Ducati auctioned more than 50 items from the
racing season and donated the proceeds to charity.  In addition,
"", the company's owners club, has 20,000 unique users after
just three months of operation.  "", a racing site,
currently  possesses 17,000 subscribers -- fans who receive timely press
releases and racing results.  Ducati also has an established
business-to-business network called Desmonet that connects Ducati Stores in
Italy with the factory and to each other.

    The plans for the new are even more ambitious.  "We are
convinced that the new will become the Internet vertical portal
(vortal) for the entire motorcycle community by providing an ever-stronger
combination of content, entertainment, community and commerce," said Minoli.
On the content/community side, Ducati will create the most exciting vortal in
motorcycling, with club activities, chat lines, email capabilities, message
boards and the possibility to set up personal home pages.  The site will offer
the most elaborate content in the motorcycle world with Ducati newsletters,
racing briefs, interviews, pricing information, online games and contests,
technical and maintenance assistance, and a full press and investor relations

    On the business front, the Company envisions the full complement of
business-to-consumer, business-to-business and consumer-to-consumer functions.
Customers will be able to order specialty bikes, accessories, apparel and
parts online as well as participate in schools, tours and rentals.  B2B
efforts will include similar services for dealers, importers and distributors.
Eventually, procurement services with the Ducati supplier network will be
included on the site.  Finally, customers will be able to use the site to
trade second-hand bikes, accessories, spares and apparel amongst themselves
and/or through dealers. complements the existing dealer network, by further developing
the Ducati brand and attracting traffic to local dealerships and Ducati
Stores.  The site will also increase customer convenience and product
availability by providing better contact among dealers, customers and the

    "We hope to imbue the new business with all of the passion we
have demonstrated during the last three years," said Minoli.  "Thanks to the
passionate support of Ducatisti the world over, the Ducati brand has
consolidated its position as the best in the world of sports motorcycling.  We
see our investment in, as the next step in the development of the
global Ducati performance lifestyle."

    Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized
by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall
technical excellence.  Ducati has won eight of the last ten World Superbike
Championship titles and more individual victories than the competition put
together.  The Company produces motorcycles in four market segments which vary
in their technical and design features and intended customers:  Superbike,
Supersport, Monster and SportTouring.  The Company's motorcycles are sold in
more than 40 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European
and North American markets.