World of Speed Launches Road Race Motorcycles Exhibit New display celebrates decades of road-racing motorcycles from around the globe
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (Feb. 15, 2017) – World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, unveiled its new Road Race Motorcycles Exhibit on February 4. Since racing has never been a strictly four-wheeled affair, the exhibit celebrates road-racing bikes along with the stories of their designers and riders.
“If you have a thrill for speed, you’re going to love this exhibit,” said Ron Huegli, curator for World of Speed. “From the early postwar years to modern superbikes, we have some of the finest racing motorcycles from around the world. The exhibit offers an opportunity to learn their backstories and the evolution of these two-wheeled speed machines.”
Motorcycles featured in the exhibit include:
Honda CB450 CR
Suzuki GSXR 750R Limited
Ducati 888 SPO
Ducati Desmosedici RR
Matchless G80 Honda RC30
About World of Speed
The World of Speed is an educational museum featuring historic racecars, boats, and motorcycles that tell the story of motorsports culture. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, World of Speed offers visitors a behind-thescenes view of the racing world. It encompasses many aspects of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land-speed racing, motorcycle racing, open wheel racing, NASCAR, and hydroplanes. The museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(C)(3) public charity.
For more information, please visit: www.worldofspeed.org
Ducati ends 2016 on yet another high, with motorcycle sales topping 55,000
55,451 Ducati motorcycles delivered to customers
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding: “The pattern of constant company growth seen these last seven years continues”
Andrea Buzzoni, Global Sales and Marketing Director Ducati: “Results on the Italian market were outstanding, with 20% growth”
Borgo Panigale, Bologna (Italy), 16 January 2017 – Ducati Motor Holding enjoyed further growth in 2016, delivering 55,451 motorcycles to customers all over the world: that’s an increase of 1.2% compared to 2015 (54,809 bikes).
“Ending the year of our 90th anniversary with yet another record is a source of immense pride and satisfaction”, commented Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding. “2016 was the seventh consecutive growth year for Ducati, clearly confirming the soundness of the Bologna-based group’s strategy and skills.”
This highly encouraging result also stemmed from the addition of new motorcycles to the 2016 Ducati range: for example, sales of bikes in the Multistrada family were up by 16% compared to 2015.
The renewed Hypermotard family enjoyed double-digit growth (+15%), while the new Ducati XDiavel received an equally warm welcome on the market, with sales topping 5,200.
Moreover, during its second year on international markets, the Ducati Scrambler brand extended its worldwide success: over 15,500 bikes were delivered, a result achieved thanks also to the introduction of the new Scrambler Sixty2.
“In addition to a new sales record, 2016 saw consolidation of the considerable increase in volumes achieved in 2015, thanks also to the introduction of the Scrambler brand. This growth demonstrates the strength of both range and brand and, above all, the solid performance of the global sales network”, comments Andrea Buzzoni, Global Sales and Marketing Director of Ducati Motor Holding. “Results on the Italian market have been significant. Thanks to 20% growth in 2016 – and an excellent 84% over the two-year period 2015/2016 – Italy is again the second most important market, after the USA and ahead of Germany.”
The USA retained its position as Ducati’s biggest market, with customers receiving a total of 8,787 new bikes. On European markets, Ducati repeated the excellent progress of the previous year, with Italy (+20%) , Spain (+38%) and Germany (+8%) doing especially well.
Beyond Europe, outstanding brand performance was also achieved in China, where Ducati more than doubled its year-on-year sales (+120%). In Brazil, bike deliveries increased by 36%, and in Argentina by a staggering 219%.
And, as 2016 comes to such a satisfying end, the seven new models presented for 2017 allow Ducati to look to the future with even greater confidence and optimism.
With the motto “More than Red – Evolution never stops”, the 2017 range is packed with all-new developments. “Red” for passion, performance and racing. “More” for an ever-expanding product range that includes more accessible, differentiated motorcycles and an unprecedented range of services.
For 2017 the Monster family is being refreshed and extended with the arrival of the 1200 and the all-new 797. What’s more, already-presented bikes include the new Multistrada 950, Ducati SuperSport and the exclusive 1299 Superleggera.
Ducati Scrambler has launched two new bikes to extend the range of the new Ducati brand: the Café Racer and the Desert Sled.
At this time, Ducati has 1,594 employees, a network of 783 sales and assistance centres and is present in 90 countries.
Ducati North America Debuts Four New Motorcycles at the 2017 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show
Ducati North America CEO Jason Chinnock will present four new Ducati motorcycles to the press in Long Beach
North American Debuts of 1299 Superleggera, SuperSport, Multistrada 950 and Scrambler Desert Sled
Cupertino, Calif., November 17, 2016 – After unveiling its newest 2017 motorcycles at EICMA in Milan, Italy, Ducati will showcase its newest flagship Superbike, the 1299 Superleggera, for the first time in North America at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show (IMS) from November 18 to 20. In total, the iconic Italian brand will have four new products on display, including the SuperSport, Multistrada 950 and Scrambler Desert Sled.
Ducati is celebrating record-breaking sales performance in its 90th anniversary year of 2016. Motorcycle sales broke the barrier of 50,000 units, in thanks to new products, innovative technology and forward-thinking strategy aimed at the future.
North American Debuts Slated for Long Beach IMS
(MSRP $80,000 / Available May 2017) – The fastest twin-cylinder in history (215 HP), the first production, street-legal motorcycle with a full carbon fiber structure and the new benchmark for Superbike technology.
(MSRP $12,995 / Available April 2017) – The SuperSport perfectly balances sport and comfort to guarantee excitement and riding pleasure. With its 113 HP, this is the road-going sports bike to suit everybody: beautiful, fun, versatile. Whether on the motorway or in city traffic, the SuperSport allows anyone to indulge in their sports instinct.
(MSRP $13,995 / Available January 2017) – The Bologna-based manufacturer’s entry “multibike,” designed to provide all the excitement of the Multistrada in a way that makes it more accessible and versatile.
Scrambler Desert Sled
(MSRP $11,395 / Available March 2017) – The first fully on and off-road-capable Scrambler is a bike that evokes the spirit of American dual-sport bikes of the ’60s and ‘70s. With a reinforced frame and adjustable suspension, as well as spoked wheels (19″ at the front), the bike is simply perfect for those who want to get off the asphalt.
In addition to showcasing many of the company’s newest models, several brand favorites will be back for 2017 and on display in Long Beach, including the 1299 Panigale, 959 Panigale, Multistrada 1200 Enduro, Multistrada 1200, XDiavel, Diavel, Hypermotard 939 and Monster 821 as well as the Scrambler Icon, Full Throttle and Sixty2.
Ducati Globetrotter 90°: the torch travels from Japan to the USA
Belgian Jessica Leyne, the only woman on the tour, has crossed Japan to successfully conclude part three of the seven-stage Globetrotter 90° trip
Tough weather conditions in Japan did not prevent Jessica and her Multistrada 1200 Enduro from keeping to their tight schedule on this exciting world voyage
The Globetrotter 90° torch and the Multistrada 1200 Enduro are now in the hands of Brazilian Eduardo Generali, who will cross the USA from San Francisco to Indianapolis
Borgo Panigale, Bologna (Italy), October 11 2016 – Globetrotter 90° achieves its next target: Belgian rider Jessica Leyne, the only woman to take on this trip around the world on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, has now concluded stage three. Having arrived in San Francisco, she has handed the torch to the next Globetrotter, Eduardo Generali. With four stages still to run, the Globetrotter 90° adventure aims to cover a total distance of 30,000 km. This round-the-world trip is a real homage to Ducati and its first 90 years, and one that only 7 riders, chosen from among 3000 candidates, get to experience. With the first Globetrotter having left Bologna on 4 July, the torch now continues from San Francisco with Eduardo Generali. The Brazilian Globetrotter will cover 3900 km in 13 days, to reach Indianapolis, documenting the trip in real time thanks to the Globetrotter torch. The Globetrotter 90° ‘baton,’ created by the Ducati Design Centre, is equipped with a video camera that allows the riders to document and share the entire world voyage on globetrotter90.ducati.com
A tremendously successful trip for Jessica Leyne, 27, a math teacher and web designer from West Flanders BE, has completed another adventure on the Japanese islands. On previous trips through Norway and Romania, Slovakia, and Italy, Jessica faced adversity in the forms of a frozen visor, waist-high mud, and even a fractured wrist, but nothing stood in her way. It was no surprise that when Typhoon Malakas smashed into the Japanese archipelago causing floods and wind gusts up to 100 mph, Jessica, even with her small build (just 162 cm tall), bravely continued her journey with the Multistrada 1200 Enduro barely delayed by the typhoon crossing the Land of the Rising Sun.
Jessica left Tokyo on September 17 and immediately took to the roads of Mount Fuji, the volcano that dominates over the city populated by 35 million. From there she made her way south to the city of Kiushi, Japan. There Jessica visited the Hiroaki Iwashita museum, which houses the world’s only remaining prototype of the Ducati Apollo. The Appollo a 1257cc superbike designed in Borgo Panigale was the first to use the now distinctive Ducati 90° L-twin. Jessica then continued her journey, stopping off at a memorable place for Ducati the Motegi racetrack. The Twin Ring was the setting for Ducati’s 2007 MotoGP championship cliche. Australian rider Casey Stoner, having won ten races throughout the course of the championship, finished in sixth place here to score the world title. But that wasn’t all, as the race was won by the other Desmosedici, ridden by Loris Capirossi, an indelible memory for all fans. After Motegi, Jessica also visited another famous racetrack for Ducati, Sugo’s Sportsland. It was here, in 1998, that Carl Fogarty won the deciding race to achieve his third Superbike world title, the seventh for Ducati, in a spectacular final battle against Aaron Slight. Between 1990 and 1998, the red twins also dominated with Raymond Roche and Doug Polen.
Jessica’s trip was packed with emotional experiences, as she recounts. On Kinki island, she saw the famous “Meotoiwa,” or rather the “married couple rocks,” a symbol of love.
The stark contrast between modern Osaka and the forests and white beaches she saw en-route proved to be an evocative one, as was the traditional castle in the center of Chūō-ku city – “An excellent example of how the ancient can live in the modern,” recounted the Globetrotter. “Jess” crossed the Pacific, arriving in San Francisco to meet with Brazilian Eduardo Generali and hand him the bike and torch on October 5th.
Now it’s the turn of Eduardo, A 28-year-old adventure tour guide, and riding instructor. He hails from Itu, in the State of São Paulo in Brazil, and his passion for two wheels was passed on to him by his father. He will travel the roads of the Western United States, from California to Indiana in the Midwest. He will visit legendary race tracks such as Laguna Seca and adventurous routes like Pikes Peak in the Colorado mountains, the setting for the famous “race towards the clouds” that Ducati won on three consecutive occasions from 2011 to 2013.
To follow the Globetrotter 90° adventure:
on the official site globetrotter90.ducati.com
on the official Ducati Facebook page
on Twitter e Instagram #globetrotter90
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali presents, in Cologne, the first of a series of new bikes from the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer
The SuperSport is a versatile sport bike: agile in town, comfortable on the motorway, smoothly effective on countryside bends and on the track
The SuperSport range also includes the SuperSport S version
The SuperSport will be available in Ducati Stores by March 2017
SuperSport MSRP is $12,995
SuperSport S MSRP is starting from $14,795
Cologne (Germany), October 4, 2016 – Ducati took advantage of the special press-only day at INTERMOT 2016 to unveil the first of a series of new bikes for 2017. At the Cologne motorcycle fair, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali took to the stage to present the SuperSport, the company’s latest sport motorcycle
“I’m extremely proud to be able to reveal the latest Ducati 2017 bikes, starting with the SuperSport”, stated Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali at the bike’s unveiling. “After sharing a sneak peek with the Ducatista community at WDW 2016, we’re ready to present the bike to the thousands of enthusiasts who had eagerly awaited a sport bike capable of ensuring both fun and comfort, even in everyday riding situations. Expert riders will appreciate the true sports personality of the SuperSport, its excellent road performance and apparent penchant for journeying and everyday use. Riders approaching the Ducati sports world for the first time will discover versatility, easy handling and, above all, the very essence of sports riding as Ducati sees it.” Mr. Domenicali is looking forward to EICMA 2016: “Next month, during the Ducati World Première – held on November 7, and streamed live across the globe – we’ll reveal the other bikes being launched by Ducati this coming year, thus completing the range and, we can confidently say, meeting many of the needs and wants of the riders in our community, as well as those who, thanks to these latest machines, will soon be joining it”.
The Ducati SuperSport is designed for those who want a sport-inspired bike that still provides comfort and easy handling on everyday roads. A fun bike that’s versatile and accessible, with the style and soul of a real Ducati thoroughbred.
A lean and mean road machine with a decidedly approachable feel thanks to easy handling, the confidence-inspiring Ducati Safety Pack (Bosch ABS + Ducati Traction Control), the awesome price-quality ratio of the equipment and the long maintenance intervals.
Powering the SuperSport is a twin-cylinder 937 cm³ Testastretta 11° engine, delivering 113 hp and a full yet linear torque curve. Thanks to the three Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, and Urban), the SuperSport’s temperament can be adapted to maximize enjoyment whatever the riding conditions. Agile on city streets, comfortable on the motorway and superlative on twisting country roads, the SuperSport is super-versatile. Relaxed rider and passenger positions, good airflow deflection from the height-adjustable screen and the mileage provided by the 16-litre fuel tank also make the new Ducati SuperSport a cool companion on medium-distance rides.
The SuperSport range includes a SuperSport S version featuring fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, the Ducati Quick Shift up/down system and a rear seat cover: the latter are also available as accessories for the SuperSport.
The new SuperSport is displayed on the Ducati stand (Hall 8 Stand A42/50) together with other new 2017 bikes such as the Monster 821 EURO 4, now available in the new “Dust Grey,” and the Diavel EURO 4. Other all-new developments include the “Volcano Grey” color for the Multistrada 1200 S, on which technical upgrades have been introduced, and the 1299 Panigale, which now features a new EVO electronics package featuring Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC).
Ducati is at INTERMOT in Hall 8 on Stand A42/50 together with the Ducati Scrambler brand and its “Land of Joy.” The Ducati Scrambler stand features teasers for two new developments set to go on show at EICMA.
#RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati To Run FDNY Tribute Livery for 9/11 Race
#RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati approaches the season finale MotoAmerica races at New Jersey Motorsports Park this coming weekend from a perspective of respect, honor, and remembrance. This Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th tragedies. To pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our city on that day, team rider Corey Alexander and the #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team are excited to showcase the Ducati Panigale R “Engine No. 23” with special edition F.D.N.Y. livery. This particular livery replicates in exact detail a typical F.D.N.Y. Fire apparatus with prominent yellow and white stripes.
The custom painted #23 Panigale R, as well as Corey’s custom race leathers, will be on display at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2016. Corey will be competing with the custom livery in the MotoAmerica SuperStock 1000 class. Additionally, #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati will have event shirts available for sale, with all profits being donated to the 9/11 Memorial Foundation. “Every year our home race at New Jersey Motorsport Park falls near September 11th, and so this year when we realized the dates aligned and race day (Sunday) fell on the 11th, we felt it was absolutely necessary to do something to really honor the brave men and women of the F.D.N.Y.. Being a New Yorker my entire life, I can remember the exact day of the tragedy. At the time only being 7 years old, I didn’t understand the magnitude of the events unfolding. Though I did feel the magnitude of the events then, I continue to feel the impact it had on our city, our state, and our country. With the help of our team painter Lance, graphics company Signs Ink, and leather sponsor Spidi Sport I’m excited to bring our vision come to life. It’s a tremendous honor to showcase this special livery, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!” Says Corey.
New Ducati XDiavel at the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Ducati took part in the epic U.S. motorcycling event with the XDiavel
Rally participants get a world exclusive debut of an XDiavel-based concept motorcycle built by California customizer Roland Sands
The Roland Sands built XDiavel unites the Ducati cruiser with iconic American motorcycling
Sturgis, South Dakota (USA), 15 August 2016 – Ducati and the new XDiavel made their debut at the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (from August 5 to 14 at Sturgis, South Dakota, USA), the largest motorcycle rally in the USA and the world’s renowned cruiser event. Dating back to 1938, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally draws over half a million bikers from every corner of the globe, all like-minded enthusiasts looking to celebrate and share their passion.
This was Ducati’s first official participation at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and we brought the entire XDiavel world along with us. The Black Hills surrounding Sturgis are home to some of the planet’s most legendary motorcycling roads and with the XDiavel, they have turned a shade darker.
Presented in 2016, the Ducati XDiavel brings two worlds together: the American cruiser world of high-torque at low RPM, foot-forward controls for long road trips, and the Ducati world of Italian style, refined engineering, unparalleled performance and adrenaline-fueled sports riding.
The unmistakable look of the XDiavel, the recent winner of the Red Dot Design Award in 2016, now has an American design influence by Californian customizer Roland Sands. At Sturgis, he presented – together with Ducati – his interpretation of the Bologna-built cruiser.
An exercise in pure style, this XDiavel-derived concept bike built by Roland Sands features a top-class finish and a design that reflects the strong personality of this celebrated Californian customizer. With a one-piece body fixed to the distinctive Ducati trellis frame, a 19” front wheel for a bold look, and a collection of billet aluminum details that deliver a unique result, this XDiavel has transformed into an even more decisive, radical sport-chopper cruiser that still retains its unique Ducati DNA.
This special one-off build is indeed something of a logical evolution for Roland Sands who has always had a thing for the Ducati cruiser. In addition to the custom design XDiavel, Roland Sands Design has created an exclusive line of special accessories and components, featured in the Ducati Performance catalog, and currently available at Ducati dealers.
“The response to our presence here at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been exceptionally welcoming. The passion for two wheels, twin-cylinder engines, and beautiful roads is shared by everyone at this gathering of the motorcycle community,” said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America. “As motorcyclists, we are part of a tribe, but we also embrace our individuality. This custom-built XDiavel by Roland Sands Design embodies the spirit of personalization that makes this Rally so special. The XDiavel and this interpretation provide us an opportunity to share Ducati with all in attendance.”
“The XDiavel is a beast. A wolf in wolves’ clothing and a serious piece of speed equipment,” said Roland Sands, owner of Roland Sands Design and lead designer on the custom build. “We really wanted to pivot off all that amazing technology and not mess it up by tearing it out. So the bike is still very stock from a functional standpoint. The bike was a 3-month build, with careful consideration and deliberation about the direction of the design. Ultimately, we decided to twist the aesthetic while retaining decidedly ‘stock’ bike functionality. I’m proud to say that’s exactly what we’ve achieved,” said Roland of the build.
THE BLACK HILLS BECOME EVEN DARKER AS THE XDIAVEL DESCENDS UPON THE 76TH ANNUAL STURGIS® MOTORCYCLE RALLY™
Ducati Travels To Sturgis For First Time To Bring XDiavel Xperience Tour Demo Rides And Unveil Custom XDiavel by Roland Sands Design
Cupertino, Calif. (August 2, 2016) – Italian performance motorcycle leader Ducati is heading to South Dakota this August for the first time to thrill the hundreds of thousands attending the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™. Ducati will be hosting various events throughout the rally between August 5 and August 13, which will include unveiling an XDiavel customized by Roland Sands Design (RSD) as well as test-riding opportunities.
“Sturgis is always a great place to get together with motorcyclists to celebrate our shared passion for two-wheels,” said Jason Chinnock, chief executive officer of Ducati North America. “2016 marks both the 90th Anniversary and the launch of Ducati’s entry into the cruiser with the new XDiavel. This year is the perfect time to share the Ducati brand at the largest gathering of motorcyclists in the USA. To commemorate this event we have integrated into a number of activities and partnered with Roland Sands Design to build a custom version of the XDiavel. This build opens the door to a new world for customization of the XDiavel. Roland Sands Design is an important partner for us, and they bring their innovative design style to everything they do and we’re honored to unveil it at Sturgis.”
The action starts on Friday, August 5, when the Ducati XDiavel Xperience Tour rolls into town offering spirited test rides, daily, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Sturgis, located at 2721 Lazelle Street. In addition to the demo rides that will run through August 13, Ducati will be presenting its entire XDiavel product line, along with an XDiavel Lounge and XDiavel Café built on-site for guests to enjoy while experiencing the festivities.
On Monday, August 8th at 8 a.m. a group of XDiavels will join the Sturgis annual Mayor’s Ride with Sturgis’ Mayor Mark Carstensen as they ride through several of the Black Hill’s most spectacular two lane roads and byways, to support the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Service & Police Reserves.
The activities will continue on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m., August 9 when Ducati and Roland Sands unveils the XDiavel designed by RSD during a pool party at the Pappy Hoel Campground. Blue skies, cool water, live music, raffles and a bikini contest will highlight the event, which is co-sponsored by Ducati partners Bell helmets and Roland Sands Design.
Wednesday morning August 10th the XDiavel crew will join AMA National Champions and former World Superbike competitors Ben and Eric Bostrom for their 3rd Annual Boz Bros Ride. Ben & Eric will treat the group to refreshments before the ride begins at “Sturgis Guns” located at 2324 Junction Ave, Sturgis SD 57785. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and departs on a 60-mile ride through the Black Hills. Lunch, beverages, and swag will be provided after the ride with all the “free will” proceeds going to the Sturgis Police Department.
After the Scrambler Ducati’s first win at the Super Hooligan flat track race in Austin with Jamie Robinson behind the bars, the Scrambler will return to the dirt track with the Super Hooligan race presented by RSD the evening of Wednesday, August 10. Ducati’s exclusive dealer in Nebraska, Ducati Omaha will campaign the flat track inspired Scrambler Flat Track Pro in stock trim with the exception of the removal of the front brake & headlight and the addition of a Termignoni slip-on exhaust. Come out to cheer on the Scrambler Ducati and Ducati Omaha team from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the infamous Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Moto Stampede.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s 76th annual gathering is estimated to bring more than half-a-million motorcycle enthusiasts and spectators to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Since 1938, Sturgis has been one of the most significant American motorcycle rally’s and has increasingly become a place for manufacturers from all over the world to celebrate motorcycle culture and share new products.
The XDiavel is Ducati’s new entry into cruiser motorcycles, with a relaxed riding position, belt final drive, low seat, and forward controls. Those interested in test rides can participate with a valid motorcycle license and proof of insurance. All riders must provide their own riding gear, including DOT-approved helmet, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, gloves, long pants, and over-the-ankle boots. Bell Helmets has kindly agreed to provide a selection of their helmets for demo riders to borrow should they need.
Additional information about Ducati, including participating dealers and availability, can be found at www.ducati.com.
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Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design, and cutting-edge technology. Situated in Bologna, the factory is located in the Borgo Panigale district
• Two days dedicated to off-road riding and relaxaction in Tuscany for the former MotoGP world champion as a guest of the new Ducati riding school
• Casey loved the location as well as the versatility of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro
• “I can’t describe how much I enjoyed it” Stoner said following the two days spent at the DRE Enduro
Nipozzano (Florence, Italy), 13 July 2016 – After appreciating the characteristics of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro on the hillsides around Bologna, Casey Stoner decided to take part in the DRE Enduro in order to find out more about the new off-road riding school organised by Ducati. Following the 2016 World Ducati Week and its mass of fans (81,000 attendees from all over the world) he allowed himself a couple of days of enjoyment and relaxation with his family at Castello di Nipozzano, not far from Florence, where the new Ducati riding school has its base.
DRE Enduro is the Ducati off-road riding course which provides anyone with the desire to use their motorcycle to discover new horizons with the opportunity to acquire all the necessary skills and know-how.
The two-time MotoGP world champion followed the programme organised by Beppe Gualini, a widely experienced former Dakar rider and current technical director of DRE Enduro. The programme included two days of off-road riding in one of the most beautiful and exclusive areas of Tuscany, alternating exercises and extreme-situation simulations with pleasant motorcycle excursions or more technical marked-out practice routes.
“I don’t have words to explain my weekend, it’s been awesome”, said Casey at the end of his stay at Nipozzano. “The Frescobaldi family estate is really something special and it’s so beautiful to look out of the hotel window over most of Tuscany. It’s a perfect place for a riding experience like the DRE Enduro!”.
“Basically you can’t really explain to people how good this bike is, you just have to experience it. I’ve spent enough time on dirt-bikes in my life and riding such a big bike like the Multistrada 1200 Enduro can be a little bit daunting at first, but after a couple of hours on the bike I was already very comfortable, and then I realized that you can basically go wherever you want to. It’s fun and you can really go out into the bush with the bike and enjoy it for the day. Riding through the hills of Tuscany is amazing: you just can’t believe what you are doing with the bike and where you are riding. It makes the experience so much better, and off-road I believe this bike is second to none.”
The Australian continued: “You are always cautious in the beginning with bikes as big as this, but both Beppe Gualini and Andrea Rossi (DRE instructor and one of the testers who developed the Multistrada 1200 Enduro) have been fantastic in making the transition a little easier, giving me a few pointers to ride the Multistrada. I started to push pretty hard in the end and everything I did the bike responded and said to me to go another level. You couldn’t reach the limit of the bike in the trails and although some of them got very steep and rocky, the bike never lost its footing and it felt safe over every obstacle. This bike is truly exceptional, very comfortable to ride and something very special.”
DUCATI ANNOUNCES A NEW LIMITED EDITION MULTISTRADA 1200 PIKES PEAK 100th ANNIVERSARY REPLICA KIT TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENNIAL OF THE HISTORIC RACE TO THE CLOUDS
400 Replica Kits Available with a Purchase of a 2016 Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak
Cupertino, Calif. (June 17, 2016) – Ducati, the official motorcycle partner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), is honoring the centennial of this historic race as well as commemorating its six PPIHC victories and current course record by releasing a limited edition Pikes Peak 100th Anniversary Replica Kit. For decades, the PPIHC has brought competitors together from all over the world to race against the clock while enduring unpredictable weather conditions, 156 treacherous turns and traversing at extreme speeds with hopes to be named the “King of the Mountain” once they reach the 14,115-foot summit. Earning multiple victories at the race since 2010, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is one of the most significant race bikes that represents Ducati North America’s racing heritage. Created specifically for the centennial anniversary of the PPIHC and exclusively for North America, production will be limited to 400 replica kits; each kit is included with the purchase of a new 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak, available only at authorized Ducati dealerships.
Numbered crank-case cover badge with Pikes Peak 100th Anniversary Logo
Spider Grips PEAK grip specifically developed from the race program
Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina Team Hat
Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina Decal Pack
History of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb advance release DVD
Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina Team Glossy and Poster, signed by the team, all champions of the Mountain: Carlin Dunne, Micky Dymond, Gary Trachy and Greg Tracy.
Named after the historic Rocky Mountain race, the 2016 Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is designed to convey all the strength that has made the Multistrada 1200 successful on the demanding road course. With race-inspired looks, the motorcycle is differentiated by dedicated components including adjustable high performance Öhlins suspension, allowing the rider to tailor performance to their preference, as well as a Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni that adds a distinct exhaust note to the Ducati L-Twin sound. Sold for $23,795 (MSRP), the Pikes Peak edition brings out the sporting character of the Multistrada 1200. The Pikes Peak 100th Anniversary Replica Kit is provided free of charge to all current owners of this model and is included with any new purchases, also free of charge.
Additional information about Ducati, including participating dealers and availability can be found at http://www.ducatiusa.com/pikes_peak_squadra_alpina.do