Top riders for Ducati Week drags

2012-05-29 09:36

MISANO, Italy - Ducati Week 2012’s packed programme from June 21-24 will include an all-star drag-race shoot-out between some of the world's top bikers.

Among them will be Valentino Rossi, Carlos Checa and Troy Bayliss riding Ducati Diavel Carbons.

Scheduled to start at 18.15 on Saturday June 23, the spectacular quarter-mile drags will test the reflexes of riders from both MotoGP and World Superbikes disciplines along the start/finish straight of the Misano World Circuit.


The previous race was in 2010 but that year Ducati Streetfighters were the machines of choice.

The incredible line-up includes official Ducati Team riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden in addition to living legend Troy Bayliss, the triple World Superbike champion and Ducatista favourite who will also hold a round of his Troy Bayliss Academy at the WDW2012 event.

Also lining-up on the launch pad will be reigning World Superbike champion Carlos Checa who in 2011 recorded Ducati’s 300th World Superbike victory.

For those of you who follow bike racing closely, Team Effenbert Liberty Racing will field their World Superbike riders Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz in addition to Rome Red Devils Team’s Niccolò Canepa, a young Italian former FIM Superstock 1000 champion who now competes in the World Superbike series.

The line-up is completed with World Superbike Pata Racing Team’s Lorenzo Zanetti who, like every other rider launching down the strip, will want to make his mark at the packed-to-capacity Ducati event.


The high-octane show will feature Ducati’s innovative and high-powered Ducati Diavel Carbon, a 0-100 in 2.6 seconds motorcycle that has thrilled owners around the world. First introduced for 2011 as “the new shape of power and style”, the awesome Ducati L-twin power will be tamed at WDW2012 by some of the world’s best riders and its asphalt-ripping performance is sure to be great entertainment for the thousands of spectators.

The riders will meet the public at a giant WDW2012 party at the Piazzale Roma in Riccione that evening for a spectacular night of music, entertainment and pure Ducati passion.

Thousands of Ducatisti from all over the world have already booked their WDW2012 tickets online and bookings will remain open until June13  on a dedicated event website. From June 18 tickets will be available at the Misano circuit.