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Want to ride a Ducati Desmosedici V4 around Donington?

Published: 01 July 2003

Updated: 19 November 2014

Fancy riding the 206mph Ducati Desmosedici V4 around Donington Park GP circuit before works riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss get the chance?

The Marlboro Ducati is the fastest and probably the most powerful bike in GP history. It became the first non-Japanese bike for almost a decade to win a race in the blue-riband class when Capriossi won at Catalunya on June 15. It’s got 230bhp-plus, and you could be on it, guided round Donington by GP legend Randy Mamola.

We’ve secured five places for MCN readers to get a ride on the red missile at next Thursday’s Day of Champions event. Each lucky fan will get two laps on the specially-modified dual-seat version of the bike. This isn’t a de-tuned lookalike, it’s literally Capirossi’s bike with a passenger seat, and Mamola won’t be taking it easy. He claims the machine makes a good 50bhp more than the works YZR500 Yamaha he used last year, and he’s going to enjoy using the extra power.

The Day of Champions is organised by biking charity Riders for Health and you can find out about the other attractions, including the incredible auction, by following the link on the right.

Here’s how to earn a chance to get on the bike: minimum donations for two awesome laps on Thursday afternoon are £2000. Four of the slots are up for grabs from a draw, which will be picked at random on Monday. If you don’t get picked, you don’t have to make a donation. You can also enter and donate for someone else to ride the bike as a gift, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria below. Every winner also gets a signed photo of themselves with Mamola and the bike.

The deadline to make your bid to enter the draw is 12pm on Monday July 7.

The fifth and final spot is being held for a ‘biggest bid wins’ mega-money offer. So if you’ve got the money, you can avoid the luck of the draw and secure yourself the best ride you’ll have this decade.

Before getting on the bike, all passengers will be asked to undergo a medical check at the Clinica Mobile medical centre. If you fail you won’t be able to ride, but you won’t have to make the donation in that case. You also need to weigh no more than 90kg, which is slightly over 14 stone. If it rains on the day the rides won’t happen and donations will be returned. However, RfH have said they will try to rearrange the opportunity to ensure winners get their rides, even if it means arranging it at a foreign race later in the year.

All the other events at the Day of Champions can be found by following the link on the right, including the auction, Super Anorak Quiz, stunt demos and more.

Entering the standard draw:

You can make your entry in a number of ways, but it has to reach us by 12pm Monday July 7. Clearly state your name, address, phone number and the size of your donation. The qualifying donation is £2000, which will give you an equal chance.

It is up to you to supply a number on which you can be contacted on Monday lunchtime. All winners will be notified by 2pm, and only winners will be contacted.

Fax to: 01733-468028. Mark the fax " Ducati Two-Seater draw " and include the above information.

E-mail to: richard.fairbairn@emap.com, putting " Ducati Two-Seater draw " in the subject line. Again, include your full name, address and daytime telephone number.

Write to: Ducati Two-Seater draw, Motor Cycle News, Media House, Lynchwood, Peterborough Business Park, Peterborough, PE2 6EA.

Entering the mega-bid:

If you want to buy the fifth and final slot on the bike, and make an even bigger difference and help save even more lives, you’ve got a little longer to make your bid. We will hold this slot open until 6pm on Tuesday July 8.

To make your bid, send an email to richard.fairbairn@emap.com with " Ducati Twin-Seater Mega-bid " in the subject line and enclose all the above information and crucially, how much you are bidding. Alternatively you can phone 01733-468032 on Tuesday to make your bid, by 6pm. The biggest wins. Good luck!

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