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 Ducati Riding Experience 2007

2007 Ducati Riding Experience

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Ducati has announced the details of the Ducati Riding Experience for 2007.  This year includes a round at the prestigious Magny-Cours race circuit in France!

The exciting new Ducati 1098 will be used for all Race Courses.  Dates include the prestigious circuits of Magny-Cours in France and Pannonia-Ring in Hungary.

Synonymous with Ducati Riding Experience bikes, exciting international race tracks and professional instruction, the Ducati Riding Experience now moves into the 2007 edition with Race Course participants being taught aboard the new Ducati 1098, the most powerful twin-cylinder sports bike in the world.

Presented last November at the International Motorcycle Show in Milan, the 1098 has already won the "Most Beautiful Motorcycle in Show" award and the "Motorcycle Design Trophy" for the best overall motorcycle design in 2006.  Now, Ducati offers the opportunity to improve your skills by riding this award winning motorcycle.

For 2007, the opening three courses (April 26, 27 and May 3) will be held at the world famous circuit of Mugello and, for the first time ever, the Ducati Riding Experience will also stage events outside of Italy.  June 4 sees the Riding School and all its staff travel to the French circuit of Magny-Cours and on July 18, 19 move on to Hungary for the Pannonia-Ring.

Ducati’s clear intention is to give to more fans the opportunity to experience the thrills that motorcycling can provide while teaching within the limits of both the bike and rider.  The Ducati Riding Experience is not only for absolute beginners, there are courses suitable for all levels of riders from beginners to various levels of experienced riders who want to improve their road-riding skills or learn how to ride on the racetrack in safety and in the company of a team of experts.

Basic Course
This course has been designed for people with no previous riding experience.  Open to men and women, the classes include individual riding sessions, and theory.  A motorcycle license is not needed to take part in this course, but participants must be over the age of 18. 

The course is designed for a maximum of 28 participants and is divided into small groups of 4 students who will use reduced-power Monster 695s to learn the basic riding skills such as initial start-off, braking and cornering.  Each participant will receive 4 individual practice sessions with an instructor as well as elementary theory lessons.

Intermediate Course
Intended for men and women who already have some riding experience and want to improve their skills a little further, this course covers typical road situations and advises how to tackle hazards by applying specific riding techniques that increase safety and rectify bad riding habits.

The exercises are designed to help riders maintain better control of their bikes and avoid potentially dangerous everyday situations.  To participate in this course it is necessary to have a full motorcycle license with no engine displacement limitations.  The course is designed for a maximum of 42 participants divided into small groups of 6 students and using a fleet of Monster S2R and Multistrada 1100 machines.

Each group will have 4 bikes available to ride in each session and after a series of riding exercises in the paddock, students will have the opportunity to test their skills on the track in complete safety with their instructors.

Racing Course
This course is intended for skilled male and female riders who have never been on a track, or have some track riding experience.  The Racing Course is designed to introduce experienced street riders to the track and teach or improve their existing track riding techniques.

To participate in this course it is necessary to have a full motorcycle license with no engine displacement limitations.  The course is designed for a maximum of 40 participants divided into small groups of 5-6 students using a fleet of Ducati’s new 1098 Superbikes.

The groups will be organized according to the level of previous experience indicated by the rider during registration and may be revised by Ducati Riding Experience staff after the initial track session if they feel that placement has been made incorrectly.  With safety in mind, organizers will select and assign group instructors appropriately and so regret that requests by participants to be assigned to specific groups or instructors cannot be accepted.

Master Racing Course
The Master Racing Course is designed for expert riders who would like to prepare for competitive track racing. In order to participate in the course you must have already taken at least one Ducati Riding Experience Racing Course and we advise against registering for this course unless you have previously ridden on the track at least 10 times.

The training is intended to build on existing track skills.  To participate in this course it is necessary to have a full motorcycle license with no engine displacement limitations.  The course uses the new Ducati 1098 S models and is designed for a maximum of 18 participants.

Each group will be made up of a maximum of just 3 riders so as to ensure the personal attention of the instructor.  However, groups may be adjusted by Ducati Riding Experience staff after the initial track session if they feel that placement has been made incorrectly.  With safety in mind, organizers will select and assign group instructors appropriately and so regret that requests by participants to be assigned to specific groups or instructors cannot be accepted.

During the course each rider will have the opportunity to ride a 1098 S equipped with a full-race data acquisition system which records information from the bike regarding the rider's performance.  Data recorded includes throttle opening, RPM, vehicle speed, lap times, suspension travel, brake pressure, tire temperatures and lateral and longitudinal G-forces.  At the end of the course each student will receive a copy of their own data.

Apparel
Participants are expected to provide all necessary riding gear including leathers, full-face helmet, back protector, gloves and boots.  Riders who don’t have these items, however, can hire them during their online registration for the course (while stocks last).  Hired items will be issued at the track on the morning of the course and must be returned at the end of the day.

Registration and Payment
Registration for these courses is only available online.  Payment can be made by credit card or bank transfer.  Those who participated in Ducati Riding Experience 2006 are entitled to a discount for Ducati Riding Experience 2007, but only if they accepted (online) the use of their personal data.

If the use of personal data had not been accepted or participants think that there may be an error, they should modify their user profile and contact Ducati Riding Experience Customer Service.  The cost of all courses includes welcome kit, café bar, lunch and on-site photographer.  Details of special hotel arrangements (not included in course price) are available.

For more information on all courses:

Ducati Riding Experience Customer Service:
Mrs. Beatrice Basili
Tel: +39 051 6413583
Fax: +39 051 6413268
E-mail: dre@ducati.com

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