Ducati Island at Circuit of the AmericasLast year marked the 18th consecutive Ducati Island event at Laguna Seca MotoGP.
But with Laguna Seca dropped from the MotoGP schedule due to financial woes, Ducatisti will still have the chance to vista another Desmo-loving event in 2014, this one in Texas.Ducati, which will field factory riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso on the GP13, reports that due to the overwhelming success of the inaugural MotoGP race at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) last year, the Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer will bring Ducati Island to Austin this year (April 11-13).Ducati Island is open to everyone in attendance, but a special ticket package includes reserved grandstand seats at Turn 12, motorcycle parking and a track walk, among others.Ducati says: “Nestled between turns 18 and 19, Ducati Island will descend upon COTA’s ‘Grand Plaza,’ which is centrally located within the facility, in close proximity to the racetrack ticket office and main fan entrance.“Guests will be treated to an entertaining blend of technical demonstrations, new product displays, legendary fashion shows, Make-A-Wish Foundation silent auction and access to the Ducati shopping experience. In addition, Ducati owners will receive extra benefits such as personalized gear check and access to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area.”Following are the benefits of Ducati Ticket Package holders:
Turn 12 Ducati Grandstand seat (3 day pass)
Ducati motorcycle parking pass, with access to designated parking area
Parade lap around track for Ducati Owners
Ducati track walk
Voucher for exclusive Ducati gift
Total cost of ticket package just $199
For more information on purchasing your personal Ducati Ticket package, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.
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!