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Riders take up Duke Challenge

2012-02-01 10:09

Riders are gearing up for the 16 races that make up the 2012 UK Ducati 848 Challenge.

The championship has gained in popularity with 25 riders signed for the season which will open at Brands Hatch in April.

Ducati Manchester’s Robbie Brown, who last season finished third overall, returns for 2012, along with another race favourite Darren Fry, hoping to return to his race winning form of 2010.

First time riders joining the pack include include Marty Nutt, Ed Smith and Max Hunt who spent 2011 racing in British motorsport.

DUELLING COUPLE

Former British 250 Champion Woolsey Coulter is coming out of retirement to take up the challenge and will be joined by 2011 MRO Stock1000 Champion Byron Beckett, former TTC rider Nicky Wilson, along with Sean Neary and Ryan Myler.

Rider Steve Jordan, will be joined in 2012 by his wife, Sarah, who could be creating a first for British motorsport as the husband and wife race against each other.

The Ducati 848 Challenge will again consist of eight rounds and 16 races, including six British Superbike rounds, and two international rounds.

The series will start at the British Superbikes opener at Brands Hatch before visiting Assen, Snetterton 300, Misano and the World Ducati Week, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park, Donington Park and finally Ducati UK’s home circuit, Silverstone.