Ducati honour Ayrton Senna with limited edition Monster

Ducati have revealed the brand’s latest special edition motorcycle, this time honouring F1 icon, the late Ayrton Senna. The Monster will be produced in just 341 units globally, representing his three world titles and 41 grand prix wins.

The Monster Senna is a celebration of the solid relationship that was established between Ducati and the Brazilian champion (he was one of the very first owners of a 900), with the bike choice steeped in history.

The legend himself used his Monster for moving around in Monte Carlo, even showing up at a gala event for the 1993 Monaco F1 Grand Prix. He was a fan of the bike’s simple concept of wanting to bring fun to the centre of the motorcycling experience.

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Senna and Ducati first crossed paths in 1990, when Claudio Castiglioni, then owner of Ducati and a passionate fan of the F1 driver’s innate talent, gave the three-time world champion an 851 SP.

In years that followed, that relationship grew to give rise to the idea of a collaboration between Ducati and the driver’s name, starting with the Ducati 916 Senna, a motorcycle characterised by a livery chosen by the Brazilian driver personally.

Ayrton Senna aboard a Ducati Monster
Ayrton Senna aboard a Ducati Monster

It featured a contrasting graphic of 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.

Ayrton’s tragic death occurred a few months before the start of production of that very bike, forcing a temporary pause, before the family allowed the project to go ahead. Senna Brands would then join forces with Ducati in 2014 for a 161 unit 1199 Panigale.

Now 10 years on, the name returns, with the Monster Senna equipped with components which, in addition to embellishing its look, also improve the dynamic qualities of the bike and allow it to reach a curb weight without fuel of 175kg.

Painted in a special livery that’s inspired by the colour of Senna’s yellow, green and blue helmet, the new model was unveiled in the paddock of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari racetrack at Imola, in conjunction with Made in Italy and the Emilia-Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix.

In addition to the special colouring across the bike, there are yellow/green/blue tags on the black rims, with yellow also found on on the brake callipers and on the Termignoni homologated carbon fibre silencers.

Ayrton Senna Limited Edition Ducati Monster
Ducati Monster Senna

Other distinctive elements include a special seat, matching engine guard and a dedicated dashboard animation. 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.

To find out more, visit the Ducati Australia website.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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