Around 60,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to make their way to Misano World Circuit on June 21-24 for World Ducati Week 2012.
Organizers have planned many exciting events such as drag races, stunt shows, beach parties and concerts. Ducati fans will have the opportunity to meet Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Troy Bayliss, Carlos Checa, Davide Giugliano, Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz. DW2012 by night will feature the Ducati All Stars band, showcasing celebrity artists such as Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Franky Perez (Pusher Jones), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol band), Billy Morrison (The Cult) and Isaac Carpenter (Loaded).
The event will take over four large spaces of The Planet of the Champions. Each themed space will play host to a variety of fun activities and events throughout the weekend.
“Galaxy of Adrenaline”
The Galaxy of Adrenaline will host champions from the Ducati Team in GP, the SBK Development Team, Team Althea Racing, Team Effenbert Liberty Racing, Team DFX Pata and Team Red Devils Roma and prepare them to battle in the Diavel Drag Races by Tudor elimination contest. In addition to the prestigious Ducati Riding Experience courses with the Troy Bayliss Academy and Master Racing Courses, there is also an opportunity for WDW-goers to test Ducatis brand new 1199 Panigale on the track. From open track sessions to those dedicated purely to Ducatis Hypermotard models, theres plenty for owners to try if they want a piece of the action. Those that just want to sit back and enjoy can watch the breathtaking stunt shows, this years edition of the Ducati Desmo Challenge or Dragster star Herman Jolink and a demonstration of his Ducati 1198 RS Drag Bike. Audi will also be offering WDW-goers the opportunity to passenger the highly desirable R8 LMS and R8 V10 in the capable hands of Audis professional drivers.
“Bike Art Galaxy”
Hosting a range of initiatives such as Monster ART Planet, this area features the iconic Ducati Monster which, with supporting factory projects such as Colour Therapy, represents a blank canvas for the creativity of its many owners. The Ducati Garage Contest provides a further creative challenge for all those with a passion for personalisation and a winner will be announced as the most original twin-cylinder Ducati.
With 2012 being such an important anniversary year for Ducati, there had to be an exhibition dedicated to the models that have made the Bologna-built motorcycles so famous. WDW participants can enjoy a superb line-up of the Ducati Superbikes that wrote motorcycle history and now help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Paul Smarts 1972 Imola 200 victory that started it all off. To mark this historic event, Paul Smart himself will be at WDW for fans to meet and talk to, in addition to other motorcycling legends from past and present. In such historic surroundings, the Ducati Vintage Contest will create an additional and incredible display, with the best awarded by an expert jury. For all those looking to learn more of the motorcycle world they love so much and discover secrets that will sharpen their own motorcycling skills, Ducati University will open on Thursday.
“New Frontiers Galaxy”
Paolo Pirozzi, President of the Naples Ducati Owners Club, is at WDW2012 this week to celebrate his incredible 500,000km world trip alongside Indian photographer, Sundeep Gajjar, who will arrive on Friday ready to exhibit his incredible work and talk about his journey aboard the Ducati Multistrada from Dubai to Misano entitled Mission Red Planet.
Last-minute tickets can be purchased at the Misano circuit from 18 June.