A Season Full of Success for the Y1K Ducati Women’s Motorcycle Racing Team
After two successful years on the national and international circuits with riders Paola Cazzola andChiara Valentini, the Official Ducati Women’s Team is preparing to continue its tradition of excellent riding and high technical standards that fans have come to expect.
The 2007 Official Women’s Team will have two new riders: Letizia Marchetti, one of the few riders who were able to keep up with Paola Cazzola last season, and Nina Prinz, the tough and talented German rider, who was already a national champion at only 17.
Letizia Marchetti – Italian champion in the 2005 600 Super Stock category and 3rd place overall in the 2006 Over 1000 category. This 28-year-old from Civita Castellana (VT) got her University degree in Economics. She is also an aerobics teacher and winner of “the best lap time” last season on the Magione race track.
Nina Prinz began to race when she was only 13. Despite her young age, she immediately demonstrated great skills and since then she has ridden extremely fast on all race tracks and has competed in male dominated races, distinguishing herself for her courage, her perseverance and her strong character.
Prinz raced in the German national Supersport Championship from 2002 – 2005, and in 2006 she raced in both the German Superbike Championship and the European Championship.
These two riders will participate in the Super Stock 1000 category as the stars of the 2007 Ducati Women’s Team. With their new 1098 S Superbikes, these women will compete to be the first to cross the finish line and to add new prestigious victories to the Ducati successes of past seasons.
The Ducati Women’ s Team would not be complete without Romana Fede. After a great season last year in the Debut category, in 2007 Fede will compete in the Super Stock 600 category on her Ducati 749R. Paola Artioli, a rider discovered during the riding classes organized by Ducati (DRE – Ducati Riding Experience), will take Fede’s place in the Debut category.
After two years of great success achieved on international circuits, the 2007 Y2K Ducati Women’s Team is proving that they have all their cards in order to best represent themselves in the riveting European Women’s Championship.
After a start to the season with many tests and some difficulty to get the right measurements on the new 1098s, the riders of Y2K Ducati’s Women’s Team have begun to rack up pole positions and victories confirming, once again, the speed of the newest Superbike from the company of Borgo Panigale.
In May, Nina Prinz dominated the first European race in Vallelunga, leaving her mark on the track’s female record, pole position (with the incredible time of 1.43.00) and victory with incredible distances ahead of the other competitors.
The best results of the women’s team kept coming one after another until arriving at last Sunday’s victory at Assen in Holland where not even the strange weather could stop the German who proved that she is the fastest rider, whether the track is wet or dry.
The Y2K Ducati Women’s Team is now getting itself ready to face the last race of the European Women’s Championship on August 11th in Oschersleben with the German Nina Prinz in first place with full points in the Superstock 1000 class.
In the 600 class, there is also a good possibility for another Ducati rider, Romana Fede, with her 749R, who is only 13 points from the top.
The Italian champion, Letizia Marchetti, is also doing very well at three races from the end and only a handful of points from the top while Romana Fede with her 749R is first in the Superstock 600 class. A summer full of challenges is forecast for the riders of the Y2K Ducati Women’s Team.
YouTube Video: Ducati Women’s Racing Team On-Track Actio
August 11th: Oschersleben (Germany)
August 26th: Mugello (Italy)
Italian Female Motorcycle Racing Championship
The Y2K Ducati Women’s Team participates in both the Italian Female Championship as well as the European Female Championship with Nina Prinz, Letizia Marchetti and Paola Arioli who race in the Superstock 1000 category and with Romana Fede who races in the Superstock 600 category.
Y2K Ducati Women’s Team takes Europe with Nina Prinz
Nina Prinz, the official Ducati rider, won the last race of the European Women’s Championship, earning her the title of European Champion in the Superstock 1000 Category.
Under the pouring rain, Nina had no rivals and kept a distance of 30 seconds ahead of her closest follower, Paola Cazzola, while Samuela De Nardi took third.
Prior to this race, Prinz also had the best time of the day for the qualifying sessions. This is the first championship victory for the new bike from Borgo Panigale, the Ducati 1098s.
In the 600 Category, after an unlucky season, Romana Fede, on her 749R, managed to take the well-deserved absolute second place behind the unstoppable Iris Ten Katen who was at ease on one of the circuits that she best knows.
This is the third European title in two years for Ducati and a victory that proves the competitiveness of the 1098s.
With the European Championship over, the next races for the Ducati Women’s Team will be on September 9th in Vallelunga and October 10th in Misano for the last two races of the Italian Women’s Championship.
The Y2K Ducati Women’s Team will be represented once again by Nina Prinz and Letizia Marchetti in the Superstock 1000 class and Romana Fede in the Superstock 600 class.