Ducati North America is making final preparations for the beginning of the 2010 US racing season, with a record eight privateer Ducati teams entering the Daytona Superbike and Daytona 200 races.
As one of the most storied and famous names in motorcycle racing, Ducati lives and breathes the sport. This is something reflected in the DNA of its roadgoing performance models.
This year, there are eight privateer teams - with three fielding the flagship 1198R, and another six entered in the grueling Daytona 200 aboard the middleweight 848. Ducati is proud to announce the return of Larry Pegram, winner of three AMA Superbike Races in 2009, aboard his 1198R Superbike for its second full season of AMA competition. He will again be a force to be reckoned with in the Superbike class. On the grid with Pegram in Daytona will be Floridian Barrett Long of Longetivity Racing, and Shawn Higbee aboard a Moto Forza- backed bike. The Ducati 848 will make its Daytona 200 debut en masse, with eight bikes entered into the Sportbike class. This represents the strongest Ducati field in years, and no doubt these middleweights will race to the finish. Running the full 2010 season will be Motocorsa-backed Latus Motors rider Steve Rapp (who has previous Ducati experience) as well as the two Crozier Roberson Motorsports bikes of Mark Crozier and Bobby Fong. They will be sharing the Daytona grid with Jake Holden, Barrett Long and Calvin Martinez.
Daytona is even regarded in Europe as one of the more appealing races, the mystique of which has drawn Andrea Padovani and Dario Marchetti over from Italy to compete. For those who would like to see the brand new 848 Dark and 1198R road bikes; the 2010 Ducati lineup will be on display at Ducati Motorcycles of Daytona throughout the week. The famous Ducati Caffe will be there, and all are welcome to drop in for an espresso and to enjoy the Ducati lifestyle displays.
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