Claudio Castiglioni passes away

August 17, 2011

After a long fought battle with disease, Claudio Castiglioni, MV Agusta President and patron of the Cagiva brand, passed away in a hospital in Varese, Italy last night.

While Castiglioni’s entrepreneurial quest was born with the Cagiva brand, he will be remembered for his influence on Italian motorcycling as a whole, including Ducati. In fact, in 1985 Ducati was acquired by the Castiglioni brothers, Claudio and Gianfranco, only to be sold in 1996 to the American investment fund Texas Pacific Group who, in turn, sold its shares in 2006 to Investindustrial, the current owner of the motorcycle brand of Borgo Panigale.

It is with a the utmost respect that Ducati celebrates the enthusiasm, passion, courage and determination of Claudio Castiglioni and his impact on Italian motorcycle history. We join his family, his company and the many friends and motorcyclists in mourning his death.

Thank you Claudio, we’ll miss you!


September 12, 2011


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