However, nine of these titles came before MotoGP came into being in 2002 and Ducati started to achieve consistent results in the world premier class.
Ducati had never competed in the 500cc class apart from a few isolated cases in the early 1970s with Bruno Spaggiari, Phil Read and Paul Smart: finishing 3rd in the 1972 Nations GP, the Italian gave Ducati its only podium position in the 500cc class. Ducati made its debut in MotoGP in 2003 and at the 6th GP in Montmelò, it succeeded in reaching the highest step of the podium with Loris Capirossi. The rider from Imola then won 2 races in 2005 and 3 in 2006, but Ducati had to wait until 2007 to win the world title.
In 2007, Ducati won the MotoGP title thanks to the newly acquired Casey Stoner who amazed everyone with 10 wins, 14 podiums, 5 pole positions and 367 points, to become champion on the home ground of the big rivals, Japan, on the day of the last World Championship win with Capirossi and Ducati.
However, that year the Japanese manufacturers got their own back in Superbike by winning the first 3 positions in the rankings with 3 different marques. Ducati had to make do with a 4th place with Bayliss, 6th place with Ruben Xaus and 7th place with Lorenzo Lanzi.