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The pinnacle of motorcycle racing reaches a tipping point, as a new generation of spec electronics is enforced in an effort to shrink costs. Add to the mix a new tire supplier and wings designed to keep these motorcycles from flying, and we have the recipe for an excitingly unpredictable year.
When you purchase the SKULLY AR-1, you'll be automatically entered to win a Ducati Monster 821 in your choice of Dark, Stripe, or Essentially Monster.
We'll also fly the winner out to San Francisco to meet Team SKULLY and take a behind-the scenes tour of our manufacturing facility, where you'll get your new AR-1 right off the final production line.
The winner will be announced by May 2, 2016.
DUCATI PARTNERS WITH PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB TO LAUNCH A NEW PROGRAM FEATURING FORMER HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONS AS MENTORS
Ducati and The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) announced their partnership securing the future of motorcycling at the historic Race to the Clouds during the kick-off 100th anniversary celebrations for PPIHC.
Famous for its combination of extreme speeds, treacherous terrain and 156 turns, competitors race up the 12.42 mile (19.99 km) long and 14,115 ft. (4,300 m) mountain peak against the clock with conditions that can change from sun at the start to snow at the finish. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) has proven to be one of the most challenging road racing competitions in all of the world, where experience on the mountain is highly valued. Since making its debut in 2008, Ducati has conquered the mountain with six victories at PPIHC with the Hypermotard 1100 S, Streetfighter 848, and Multistrada 1200 S motorcycles.
With PPIHC being engrained into the culture of Ducati owners, fans, and motorcycles, it only makes sense that Ducati should continue investments into this prestigious event. With this in mind, Ducati has partnered with PPIHC on the Race Smart Program, with the goal to ensure that motorcycle entrants have the highest level of preparation and knowledge prior to race day and they reach the summit at a pace completely within their skill set. The Race Smart Program is provided to all registered motorcycle participants, whether rookie or veteran.
At the core of the Race Smart Program is the formation of the Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina (PPSA). The PPSA is compromised of four seasoned Rider Coaches with significant victories on the mountain. They will share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of competitors, laying the foundation for the future of motorcycling at PPIHC. All Rider Coaches are former PPIHC champions, including the current course record holder, Carlin Dunne (2012 – Ducati Multistrada 1200 S /9:52.819). Other team members are Micky Dymond and brothers Greg Tracy and Gary Trachy. The Race Smart Program and the Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina Team is managed by Spider Grips principals Paul and Becca Livingston.
“PPIHC is one of the last races in North America that retains the original spirit it began with in 1916,” said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America. “Ducati has experienced notable success from participation in this historical competition, and in turn benefitted from this association. We are excited to support the launch of the Race Smart Program and Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina, and honored to have these talented riders volunteer to be a part of history in the making.”
In order to support all participants at the highest level, all Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina Rider Coaches will be provided with 2016 Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak motorcycles for the duration of the program. A snapshot of the PPSA confirms their credentials:
Carlin Dunne: The first and one of only three motorcyclists to break the 10:00 barrier, and still holds the fastest time ever on the course – set in 2012 on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S: 9:52.819 overall time. In 2008, attended Pikes Peak as a Crew Member, in 2011, became Rookie of the Year 1200 Class Winner, and in 2012 was crowned King of the Mountain. Dunne has a perfect record at Pikes Peak, having claimed the title of King of the Mountain in all three races he has competed in.
Micky Dymond: Six-time PPIHC participant, awarded Pikes Peak Rookie of the Year, overall winner, 750 Class Winner, and record setting run of 12.12.614 in 2005. Three-time AMA National Champion with two championships in Motorcross and one in Pro Supermoto.
Gary Trachy: Twelve-time PPIHC participant from 2001-2012, with eight victories across many classes including two class records. Other racing experience includes: AMA Motorcross, AMA Pro Supermoto, X-Games Supermoto, and AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion in 1996.
Greg Tracy: Seven-time Pikes Peak Champion, the first rider to win PPIHC on a Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S in 2008, followed by a Ducati Multistrada 1200S in 2010. One of only three riders to break the 10:00 mark on a motorcycle, accomplished while riding with a broken back and fractured hip. The only person to break the 10:00 mark on both a motorcycle and in a car.
Really love this in every single aspect. Good idea and the right people to do it...
The roar of a signature twin-cylinder engine got everyone's attention. The special guest for the night, World Superbike Ducati racer Chaz Davies, was making a deafening entrance on a Ducati superbike. As Davies smoked the rear tyre of his Ducati Panigale 1299, cheers erupted from the guests packed inside the newly renovated Ducatisti SG showroom in Eunos. Davies, known as just Chaz among fans, was one of several guests who had flown in for the event on March 15.
APRIL 8-10, 2016
Ducati Ticket Package Available with Exclusive Benefits, Including Track Access and Infield Parking ~ Cupertino, Calif. (March 21, 2016)
Beginning April 8, thousands of Ducati fans from around the world will gather to experience Ducati Island at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin for the one-and-only MotoGP stop in the United States during the 2016 schedule. Known as a must-stop experience for race goers, Ducati Island has grown into the largest Ducati fan activation at any MotoGP race around the world. The hugely popular Ducati Company Store, presentations by Ducati Master Technicians will all return, with Ducati’s various performance partners, including Öhlins, Pirelli, Brembo and Marchesini. The owner hospitality amenities that riders love will also be there: Ducati Welcome Center, Ducati Gear Check, Ducati Owners Cafe, Ducati Fashion Models, the Scrambler Land of Joy and the Ducati Kids. A new addition is the XDiavel Lounge with the new Ducati XDiavel that is taking the cruiser world by storm.
Additional Ducati activities in Austin include a Ducati MotoGP Party at Ducati Austin on the evening of Thursday, April 7, a Ducati Owners Club Event on Friday evening and the much anticipated Ducati Red Storm Ride early on Sunday morning before the races. For music Ducati will once again be presenting a main stage for all the action and entertainment. Ducati presents our host and MC, DJ HAPA and live performances from Otis the Destroyer, Moonlight Towers and returning for her 3rd year on Ducati Island, Ms Kimberly Dunn. On Sunday following the day’s racing, Ducati and COTA are proud to present headliner and American singer and songwriter Franky Xavier Perez! Franky with his backing band, The Truth will perform on the Ducati Island Main Stage to close the weekends racing action. Perez, who has been compared by music critics to Robert Plant and Otis Redding, has collaborated on stage with Slash from Guns-N’-Roses, The Doors, and members of The Cult, Weezer and Velvelt Revolver. Ducati fans may remember Franky as the front man for the Ducati All Stars which played select shows across the West Coast and headlined the 2012 World Ducati Week in Italy. He was also included as a re-occuring live band member of the Sons of Anarchy television series. Currently Perez is the singer for Apocalytica, whose U.S. tour begins this spring.
The three-day Ducati Ticket Package is now available for $215 per person at www.ducatiusa.com. Ducati Ticket Package (1) Turn 12 Ducati grandstand seat (three-day pass) (1) Ducati motorcycle parking pass on Ducati Island Exclusive access to explore COTA on the VIP Pit Walk Parade lap around the COTA track for Ducati owners Commemorative Ducati gift Ducati Island is located within COTA’s central Grand Plaza. All Ducati owners in attendance will receive entry to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area and the ability to check their gear at no cost.
We got up at dawn, threw the last of our camping gear in bags, and set our sights south down the Big Sur coast. The next hour and a half of my life saw a completely empty Highway 1 and speeds like I’d never ridden before, with only the birds, elephant seals, and whales off the coast to witness us. That was the morning I fell in love with sport riding and the morning I fell in love with the Ducati Hypermotard.
This year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance featured Italian motorcycles under 175cc, such as the Italjet Deluxe and MV Disco Volante 175.
Before Dr.T was the Father of Ducati he was working at Mondial building beautys like this one.