2010 Ducati Riding Experience will
have FMI recognition
11th March 2010
eagerly awaited Ducati Riding Experience is back for
2010 and a new cooperation with the Federazione Motociclistica
Italiana (FMI) will offer an even more structured
programme of riding courses aboard Ducati motorcycles
at top Italian circuits.
The DRE offers an all-round experience with great
courses, exciting tracks, a line-up of 30 top instructors,
a fleet of 90 dedicated Ducati motorcycles and a support
staff of more than 30 to ensure participants a valuable
and enjoyable day to remember.
While remaining true to the formula that has made
the DRE so successful, 2010 will see the adoption
of FMI parameters and protocols for the Basic Course,
providing a firm foundation for new riders to learn
on right from the start. Furthermore, the DRE organisation
will share their proven track training methods with
Italian Federation experts so as to create the first
officially certified school in Italy, a certification
to which all schools will have to qualify in future.
With the new FMI official agreement, the DRE now
builds upon the high standards already achieved in
2009 and underlines the company’s continuous
development and improvement of their riding school
in line with its range of motorcycles.
taking a first step into motorcycling aboard a light,
agile and user-friendly Monster 696 in the Basic course
to improving existing road skills aboard a Hypermotard
796, 1100 and Monster 1100 in the Intermediate course,
Ducati will improve and perfect all riding techniques.
Those riders who prefer to improve their talents on
the track will have the opportunity to spend a day
receiving detailed instruction aboard an incredible
Superbike 848, the mid-range Superbike proven, in
recent years, to be the best learning platform. Track
riders can progress from Racing 1 through to Racing
2 and, for advanced track riders, to the Master Racing
course aboard the famous 1198 S with Ducati Traction
A list of prices and full calendar of 2010 events
to be held at major Italian circuits are now online
2010 DRE Calendar
- 28-29 April, Imola Basic- Racing 2- Masterclass
- 20-21 May, Adria Basic - Intermdiate - Racing
- 25-26 June, Imola Basic - Racing 2 - Master Racing
- 15-16 July, Mugello Basic - Racing 2 - Master
- 9-10 Sept, Adria Basic - Intermediate - Racing
The Ducati riding courses offer a complete DRE.
From those wishing to sit on a motorcycle for the
very first time in the knowledge that they are in
the company of highly qualified instructors, to those
who want to improve their existing road skills in
a structured learning environment. Riders who wish
to improve their track riding skills can enjoy an
exciting, adrenalin-filled experience alongside many
professional racers and champions such as Italian
riders, Paolo Casoli and Dario Marchetti.
This course is aimed at men and women who have never
ridden a motorcycle, but would like to get a taste
of the motorcycling world. It includes individual
theory lessons and practice sessions in the paddock
using the Monster 696. The course is open to a maximum
number of 28 participants divided into four groups
and is intended to teach the basics of riding, including
pulling-away, changing gear, cornering and braking
for beginners. A motorcycle licence is not necessary
to take part in this course but participants must
be over 18.
This course is designed for anyone who has a good
level of motorcycling experience, and wants to improve
their skills further. Ducati is focusing on safety
more than ever and this course uses specific exercises
that simulate road situations inside the paddock to
improve overall machine control.
The Intermediate course is open to a maximum number
of 42 participants, divided into groups of six. After
the paddock sessions, participants will spend two
track sessions experiencing the thrill of the race
circuit in complete safety and accompanied by their
instructors. The motorcycles used for this course
are the, Hypermotard 796, Hypermotard 1100 and Monster
1100 and applicants must have a motorcycle licence
with no engine size restrictions.
Racing 1 course
This course is aimed at motorcyclists who are track
novices and want to enter the track for the first
time and learn in a safe environment. Safety and quality
are top priorities for Ducati, so the track is restricted
exclusively for the Racing 1 course. It concentrates
on the basics of track etiquette, techniques, riding
style and on enhancing rider confidence.
Racing 2 course
This course is for expert motorcyclists who already
have track experience and want to perfect their riding
technique a little further. It is held at circuits
that host World Championship races and provide a more
demanding environment in which to learn. The course
concentrates on riding techniques that maximise performance,
perfecting riding style and optimising racing lines.
Both Racing 1 and 2 courses use the Superbike 848,
a motorcycle perfectly suited for riders wanting to
gain track confidence and optimise their riding skills.
Its perfect balance of power, lightweight and superb
chassis set-up combined with great instruction will
bring out the best in every rider.
Master Racing course
In pursuit of maximum rider performance, Ducati
offers a highly focussed tuition in its Master Racing
course aboard the awesome Superbike 1198 S. Equipped
with Öhlins suspension and Brembo Monobloc brakes
the 1198 S uses Ducati Traction Control technology
to help tame the Testastretta Evoluzione engine for
the track. This course is intended for highly expert
riders who want to achieve an even more advanced riding
performance alongside top racing instructors and ex
The course has a maximum of three participants in
each group to ensure that every rider gets individual
attention from the instructor. Each rider also receives
an extra track session with professional data acquisition
equipment, bringing their total track sessions to
seven rather than six in previous editions. Participants
must have attended at least one DRE track riding course
already and have reached a level of riding appropriate
to this course. The course concentrates on extreme
track riding techniques more closely associated to
a competition racing style.
As part of the Master racing course, participants
will be able to compare their ‘performance data’
with that of their instructor’s. The system
records throttle opening, engine rpm, vehicle speed,
lap time, suspension travel, brake pressure, tyre
temperatures and corner trajectories to give a full
report. At the end of the test, the retrieved data
forms a debrief session between each participant and
their instructor and each participant is presented
with a printed copy of their data.
Ducati has built a highly qualified line-up of instructors,
many of who are National, European or even World Champions.
They not only bring advanced riding skills to the
DRE, but also create an extremely exciting and fun
day in a friendly environment, typical of Ducati.
Signing-up for the courses started at the beginning
of March on Ducati.com with most courses expected
to fill up fast. Payment can be made online by credit
card or bank transfer, with special terms reserved
for members of Official Ducati Owners Clubs. The cost
of the courses includes the use of the motorcycle,
fuel, instruction, lunch, free refreshments and a
A professional photographer is also present at the
event and images can be viewed and purchased at the
end of the day or online after the date. Some special
hotel rates are also available.
All participants must wear a leather suit, back
protector, gloves, boots and a full-face helmet, however,
those not in possession of, or are unwilling to travel
with, the appropriate riding gear, can hire it during
their online booking process (subject to availability).
More information is available online at Ducati.com
or via DRE Customer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone +39 051 6413693.