Ducati Riding Experience 2013There are many reasons to visit Italy – the fine food, the friendly people, the historic sites, and the Mediterranean climate – even if you aren’t a motorcyclist.
Add in two wheels and roads that cover the peninsula like a spider web, and stretch into the Alps to the north, and you have a dream vacation in store. In this case, we are going to leave the sightseeing to you and your spouse to enjoy Italy as you see fit, as we have very specific plans for the rider.For the track and MotoGP enthusiast, there is another compelling reason to visit Italy this year – the Ducati Riding Experience 2013, which occurs on six different weekends. These sets of classes are held at iconic Italian racecourses such as Mugello International Circuit and Misano World Circuit, among others.Six levels of classes range from Basic to the Troy Bayliss Academy. If you are new to motorcycling, the Basic course teaches you to ride on a Monster 796 in the safe confines of a track. Perhaps that spouse who has been dreaming of moving from pillion to driver will take this opportunity to make the leap.There is an Intermediate course for road riders, which uses the Monster 1100 ABS, Multistrada 1200, and Hypermotard to improve your skills.The next four levels are racing-oriented, with the first level intended for those new to track riding. An 1199 Panigale is used for the first two levels; in the Master Racing course employs the S version of the Panigale.At the top is the Troy Bayliss Academy, which is limited to only four dates. In that DRE 2013 class, which is intended for the most accomplished riders, you will take to the track on a 1199 Panigale S with a racing kit installed, which includes the complete Termignoni exhaust system, Ducati Performance aero kit, and additional carbon fiber parts.Not just a name, three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss is one of the instructors at his Academy, making it a truly memorable motorcycling vacation.Below Bayliss and Chief Ducati Riding Experience Instructor Dario Marchetti, a stunning list of teachers stands at the ready – Marco Lucchinelli (500 World Champion), Manuel Poggiali (125 and 250 World Champion), Paolo Casoli (World Supersport Champion), Andrew Pitt (two-times World Supersport Champion), Niccolo Canepa (2013 FIM Superstock Championship competitor), and Ducati development rider Alessandro Valia. Riders can bring their own racing gear, or rent a full set of protective apparel in advance.For additional information, click here.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!