Ducati Week back with mighty bang

World Ducati Week Crowd
World Ducati Week Crowd

World Ducati Week – the first since 2018 due to the Covid-19 pandemic – came to a spectacular close in July after attracting its biggest ever attendance. 

More than 80,000 fans from around the world flocked to Misano on the Italian Adriatic coast between July 22-24 for a long weekend of Ducati-themed fun and activities in what has almost certainly become the biggest factory-organised festival of all.  

And, with highlights including a Race of Champions featuring Ducati factory riders from MotoGP and WSB doing battle on stock Panigales, a Scrambler Beach Party in the nearby resort of Riccione, the biggest-ever Ducati parade, DJ sets and live music, custom shows and a massive BBQ along Misano’s main straight, fans enjoyed the most feature-packed WDW so far. 

World Ducati Week Stage

The long-awaited WDW 2022 was the eleventh running of the usually biennial event first held in 1998. The 2020 gathering was cancelled due to the pandemic. The highest attendance recorded until now was 65,000. 

The Race of Champions, which was broadcast on Italian TV, was won by MotoGP star Pecco Bagnaia and the 21 specially-liveried bikes used, each with the rider’s name laser-logoed onto the top yoke, have now been auctioned online. 

WDW 2022 also saw… over 5000 laps of Misano completed, 235 official Ducati Clubs present, 45 Ducati talks and presentations spread over five stages, and 56 Ducati directors and managers, including CEO Claudio Domenicali, all serving and cooking during the Saturday BBQ.