The Ducati Riding Experience has announced 9-10 July to be an extra special addition to their 2014 calendar, with an incredible opportunity to learn track craft around one of the most famous World Championship circuits in the world, the Dutch circuit of Assen.
Well known as the home of the Dutch TT in MotoGP and the scene of countless exciting races in World Superbike, the 4.5km (2.8 mile) circuit is now set to be the venue of a special round of the Ducati Riding Experience, providing a chance-of-a-lifetime event to hone riding skills aboard Ducati motorcycles.
As usual, DRE has been carefully structured to cover all riding levels of motorcycle experience. Street riders looking to further improve their road riding skills will have the opportunity to participate in the Intermediate course, while track riders can choose from a range of four levels of Racing courses, from those making their first track experience to those wishing to further perfect their existing track riding or racing skills.
Racing 1 and Master Racing courses will receive additional instruction on fast and safe riding with a dedicated classroom session prior to the track experience. To enable this, the courses will spread over two days, during which Racing 1 participants will start the first afternoon with a briefing and theoretical exercises designed to lay a firm foundation of knowledge before practical tuition on the track. For the more advanced Master Racing course, participants will have a highly informative classroom session with Ducati’s Factory Test Rider, Alessandro Valia, and Chief Instructor, Dario Marchetti, before taking to the track aboard Ducati’s impressive 1199 Panigale S Superbikes.
Participants of the highly prestigious Troy Bayliss Academy courses will be instructed in groups of five by the triple World Superbike Champion himself. Academy students will ride the Ducati 1199 Panigale S further equipped with a Termignoni exhaust system.
The Racing 2 course will take place on the first day and is intended for riders who already have track experience and wish to develop it further. In addition to many other details, they will work on details such as increasing corner turn-in and mid-corner speeds and on how fully capitalising on every last hp of acceleration can achieve a smoother, more fluid and confidence-inspiring riding style.
Enrolment for Racing 1 and 2 courses is limited to 50 students, divided into efficient learning groups of just five, whereas the Master Racing course is open to just 12 participants, divided into groups of three. While all groups are guided by an expert instructor, all track-riding participants must be holders of Class A driving licenses without engine size limitation.
For non-track riders, the DRE at Assen offers an Intermediate course to improve existing road skills and enhance their overall safety. These participants will use the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, Hypermotard and Hyperstrada models and the brand new Monster 1200 with excellent user-friendliness and the enhanced ergonomics of an innovative adjustable seat height.
Within the cost of the courses, all DRE participants will be provided with a motorcycle and instructor as well as a welcome kit and lunch. For booking information visit the Experience section of Ducati.com.
The team of highly qualified instructors will be coordinated by DRE Technical Director and Chief Instructor, Dario Marchetti, and Alessandro Valia (Factory Test Rider and Chief Instructor of the Master Racing course). In addition to many more successful and celebrated riders, the list of DRE instructors include top names such as Troy Bayliss (2001, 2006 & 2008 World Superbike Champion and MotoGP race winner) Paolo Casoli (1997 World Supersport Champion), Manuel Poggiali (2001 125cc World Champion & 2003 250cc World Champion), Andrew Pitt (2001 & 2008 World Supersport Champion & World Superbike & MotoGP competitor). Ducati Team official MotoGP test rider, Michele Pirro, will be special guest attending the Assen event.
Assen DRE course schedule
9 July 2014
- Racing 2
- Master Racing
- Troy Bayliss Academy
10 July 2014
- Racing 1
- Troy Bayliss Academy