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Ride an 1199 Panigale with Troy Bayliss at the Ducati Riding Experience

By Andy Downes -


 14 December 2011 12:06

Ducati has opened bookings for the 2012 season of Ducati Riding Experience events which will for the first time be using the all-new 195bhp 1199 Panigale superbike.

The DRE courses run from complete novices through to experts and are held at some of Italy’s most famous racetracks with triple World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss instructing alongside ex-racer Marco Luccinelli and others.

Ducati says: “Last year saw the introduction of the Troy Bayliss Academy and, by overwhelming demand the global racing icon returns for 2012 for his advanced track courses aboard the brand new 1199 Panigale S.

“The DRE “Basic” course, held in the wide-open space of the circuit paddocks, uses the rider-friendly Monster 796 and is intended for those new to motorcycling, while DRE “Intermediate” courses are designed to improve existing road riding skills and enhance rider safety aboard the Hypermotard 796, Monster 1100 ABS and the Multistrada 1200.

“Courses intended for more expert riders and designed to enhance track riding skills are offered in “Racing 1“ and “Racing 2” aboard the Superbike 848EVO, while the “Troy Bayliss Academy” and “Master Racing” course, instructed by riders such as world 500GP champion, Marco Lucchinelli, use the new 1199 Panigale Superbike.

“Marco Lucchinelli and Troy Bayliss are supported by an incredibly experienced team of instructors working with technical supervisor, Dario Marchetti, while a full support staff ensure seamless and efficient organisation.

"DRE’s close collaboration with Federazione Motociclistica Italiana will also continue in 2012, ensuring constant upgrading and improvement of instruction protocols and maintaining Ducati’s high event standards.”

Ducati Riding Experience courses available

• Basic course (Monster 796)
• Intermediate course (Hypermotard 796, Monster1100 ABS, Multistrada 1200)
• Racing 1 track course Level 1 (848EVO)
• Racing 2 track riding course Level 2 (848EVO)
• Master Racing course (1199 Panigale S)
• Troy Bayliss Academy (1199 Panigale S)

Participants are provided with motorcycle, fuel, tyre change when required, instructor, lunch and a welcome kit. More information at dre.ducati.com.

Subscription opens on 15 December 2011.

Ducati Riding Experience calendar

• 18-19-20 April - Adria Circuit
• 29- 30 May - Mugello International Circuit
• 18-19 July - Imola Circuit
• 4-5 September - Misano World Circuit
• 18-19 September - Monza Circuit