With the seventh World Ducati Week set to begin on June 21-24 at the Misano World Circuit on the Riviera Romagnola, online ticket sales have started in preparation for the thousands of Ducati fans from around the globe who will descend upon one of the year’s most anticipated motorcycle events.
This year, the event is titled: The Planet of the Champions and the previous record of 60,000 visitors in 2010 already looks set to be broken, judging by initial activity.
Tickets are available in “one-day” or “four-day” format, and are further divided by “motorcyclist pass” for rider and bike, or “passenger pass” for a person without bike or arriving as a passenger.
The Ducati Factory is busy preparing to welcome thousands of people who will visit the famous Borgo Panigale factory in Bologna around the WDW event, with doors open to visitors from 19-25 June for both Factory and Museum tours. Factory tours will be available from 9.30-4pm each day, and the Museum will be open from 9:30-5.30pm. No prior booking is required and WDW ticket-holders benefit from a special discount.
As usual, Ducati has planned a packed program of activities and entertainment, including a Saturday night event in Riccione with Team Ducati MotoGP riders, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.
Triple World Superbike Champion, Troy Bayliss, will also be in attendance, holding a round of his Troy Bayliss Academy on the track on Thursday as part of a special Ducati Riding Experience.
Current Ducati-powered Superbike riders will also include Althea Racing Team’s reigning World Champion, Carlos Checa.
As well as the traditional track sessions, qualified enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to pre-book an exclusive test ride aboard the latest Ducati 1199 Panigale. WDW2012 will also host a round of the Ducati Desmo Challenge racing series.
In true Ducati community spirit, WDW welcomes non-Ducati riders to experience the unique event with attractions such as the Ducati University, in which participants can engage with Ducati Technicians, Test Riders and Engineers. Additionally, Ducati will present its custom bike Ducati Garage Contest, the Historic Bike area, Pitlane Walks with the GP and SBK riders available, and the popular “Bike Wash”!
In organising the biggest WDW event ever, Ducati has strengthened its associations with the Misano, Cattolica and Riccione Town Councils as well as the Republic of San Marino. The will hold three evenings of incredible open-air WDW2012 festivals in some of the most beautiful towns of Rimini’s Riviera Romagnola.
The party atmosphere starts on Thursday, 21 June with a Beach Party at Misano exclusively for WDW participants. The long-awaited arrival on The Planet of the Champions will be celebrated with music, fireworks and more.
The evening event on Friday, 22 June will see the town of Cattolica painted red with Ducati passion.
Saturday evening’s perfect destination for great nightlife is the seafront at Riccione, which will host an evening of entertainment with special guests Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.
Effenbert Beer (also available in non-alcoholic form) have taken a supporting role as event-partner. As the “title sponsor” of World Superbike Team Effenbert Liberty Racing, they will bring the Ducati-powered riders of Jakub Smrz, Sylvain Guintoli and Maxime Berger, as well as Superstock duo, Federico Sandi and Brett McCormick.
To follow the latest event program information, including ticket purchase and much more, visit wdw.ducati.com or prepare to follow the event on www.facebook.com/wdw2012.