Born in Castellaro (Province of Parma) on 19 October1952.
He studied in Parma and Milan, and practised sports at competition level from a very young age: Athletics – CUS Milano Pro Patria San Pellegrino
Virginio started motorcycle racing in 1972 by participating in the Italian Motorcycle Championship in track racing.
In 1973 and 1974, he participated in the Italian Junior Championship with a 500 single cylinder Ducati 500 and Honda – Paton 500 4 cylinders.
In 1975 he moved to the category SENIOR, and became a professional racer. He took part in the Italian Championship 500 on Paton, as well as in a number of international endurance races.
Among his top rankings:
First place 1000km Mugello Ducati 860
First place 1000km Misano Ducati 860
First place FORMULA 1 1000 Misano Laverda 750 SFC
Second place 1000km Le Mans Ducati 860
Thereafter, Virginio is a principal player in the World Championships 500 Grand Prix from 1975 to 1985, winning the title of Vice World Champion in 1979 (on a Suzuki 500). He also participated in the “200 MILES” with a Yamaha 750 OW31 and a Suzuki 653.
Among his best results:
1978: 1st place GRAND PRIX OF NURBURGRING
1979: 1st place GRAND PRIX HOLLAND ASSEN
1979: 1st place 200 MILES PAUL RICARD
1979: 1st place 200 MILES MUGELLO
During this period, he began his intense activity as a competition prototype test driver for Suzuki, Ducati, Cagiva, Honda, Bimota and tyre testing for Michelin and Dunlop.
In 1987, he returned to motorcycle big bike racing to become
F1 WORLD CHAMPION on a Bimota-Yamaha 750
1st place GRAND PRIX HUNGARORING
1st place GRAND PRIX HOCKENHEIM
1st place GRAND PRIX ASSEN
1st place 6 HOURS OF MONZA
His list of achievements also include three Italian titles:
1978: 500cc Italian Champion Suzuki RG 500
1978: 750cc Italian Champion Yamaha OW31 750
1985: 750 F1 Champion Italy Ducati 750 F1
In 1990, he is responsible for the official Cagiva team 500 with drivers Haslam, Mamola and Barros and he test drives for Cagiva and Ducati.
He is the first to track test the carbon chassis for the CAGIVA 500 GP, produced by Ferrari Maranello.
In 1992 the Castiglioni brothers entrust him with the management of the CAGIVA GROUP showroom in Monaco, as well as the management of the official Ducati team in 1994.
In 1994, he is Team Manager of Ducati Corse and he wins the Superbike World Championship in 1994 and 1995 with Carl Fogarty. In 1996, his team comes third with John Kocinski; in 1997, second with Carl Fogarty; in 1998, third with Troy Corser and fourth with Pier Francesco Chili in the Superbike World Championship.
From 1994 to 1998 as Team Manager of the official Ducati team, he collects 43 wins in the Superbike World Championship with drivers Chili, Corser, Falappa, Fogarty, Kocinski and Lucchiari.
At the end of the 1998 season, the collaboration with Ducati, which had meanwhile been sold to Texas Pacific Group, ends abruptly. Virginio appeals to the court against Ducati for the unjustified early resolution of his contract. And after a 12-year procedure, wins his case.
In 2000 he brings the Bimota brand to compete and gets an outstanding victory at the Superbike World Championship in Australia with Anthony Gobert.
From 1985 onwards, he has collaborated with TeleMonteCarlo Italy and the company Samipa (Monte Carlo) for the programme “Chrono”, as a television commentator for the Motorcycle Grand Prix, and as a motorcycle test pilot.
Sought after for his experience in the world of motorcycling, he participates in specialized programmes such as “Griglia di Partenza” in Italy.
Currently, with his company Virginio Ferrari Racing, he is the importer of MV Agusta, CAGIVA brands in Monaco and official workshop for MV Agusta, Cagiva and Ducati.
His technical organisation is represented by KAZUHITO SHIMIZU (ITO) experienced mechanic engineer in the Superbike World Championship. ITO was responsible for the training of mechanics for MV Agusta French dealers in 2006 and 2007.
The commercial department of the VIRGINIO FERRARI RACING is held by ALEXANDRE DAULY, a specialist of MV Agusta brand and also founder of ALKADESIGN, label dedicated to high level customizations on MV Agusta base.
The Virginio Ferrari Racing has recently started collaboration with PAKELO LUBRICANTS, as importer for Monaco and France.