Not only will the successful motorsports icon be there, he’ll be mingling with the fans.
“I don't want to miss WDW2016 and I'm gonna do everything possible to be at Misano from 1 to 3 July!” was Casey Stoner’s initial thoughts during a visit to Ducati back in December 2015. However, Ducati has confirmed the Australian rider, who won the 2007 MotoGP World Championship on the Ducati Desmosedici, will indeed attend obviously taking the sage advice of Star Wars icon Yoda, ‘Do. Or do not. There is no try.’
The idol of the Ducatista community and currently an official MotoGP test rider, Casey will be joining a host of other riders and celebrities at Misano in the paddock and taking part in the countless events at World Ducati Week (WDW2016).
Aside from the excitement the long-weekend event drives every two years it’s held, the upcoming celebration will mark Ducati’s 90th anniversary. With this in mind, Ducati have added new activities to see and do nearly every week at this 9th outing of the event. They note, the final 2016 guest list is still a work in progress, being drawn up over the coming days. But Ducati promises everything looks set for an exceptional star-studded event.
The Ducati organizational machine is now working flat out to ensure the thousands of visitors arriving at the "Marco Simoncelli" Misano World Circuit from July 1st to 3rd get a warm welcome. We’re talking a lot of visitors, the last edition drew a massive 65,000 participants.
Clutch and Chrome has kept tabs on the numerous events being promised and bringing everyone up to speed, here’s what we know so far.
There will be an area dedicated entirely to the cruiser world and the new XDiavel. Voted Most Beautiful Bike of Show at EICMA2015 as well as winning the design award ‘Red Dot Award 2016: Best of the Best’, Ducati is positioning the cruiser to play a pivotal role in the paddock at WDW2016. This includes its own area where visitors can experience ‘XDiavel lifestyle’ and an opportunity for WDW participants to take the motorcycle for a test ride on the roads around the “Marco Simoncelli” Misano World Circuit.
These would be the same roads many Ducati motorcycles are tested as they’re being developed.
The stunning XDiavel will enjoy its own area at WDW2016 - Source Ducati
Following the success of past editions, WDW2016 will see the return of the Ducati University, offering in-depth tuition on the technology of Ducati bikes and the motorcycling world in general.
Ducati and Ducati Corse technical staff will hold a series of seminars, investigating key themes such as:
“Engineering” focusing on technological innovation and the skills that breathe life into new models
“Design” to help understand more about the decisions behind unique Ducati styling
“Riding” to improve track riding skills
“Service” to ensure attendees know everything needed to maintain their Ducati and keep it running efficiently
“Safety” the technology behind Ducati product safety plus some First Aid theory and practice
The “Ducati Corse” seminar which offers a first-hand account of this season's plans
To celebrate the company's 90th anniversary, the Ducati University will also hold a series of talks on the history of the “Bologna-built bikes”, taking a close look at the iconic racing and road machines that have had such a huge impact on motorcycling since the end of the war.
Make space on that shelf for the diploma from Ducati University - Source Ducati
As covered previously, work is already under way for the complete renovation of the Ducati Museum and will be completed in time for WDW2016. Originally opened in 1998 and visited by over 40,000 enthusiasts annually, the Ducati Museum is the second most visited museum in Bologna.
A world tour will kick-off from WDW with Ducati looking for lucky volunteers to join them. Riders who aren’t chosen can consider the first edition of the ‘Ducati International Bikers Games’ taking place at the upcoming event.
A contest to honor the successful past, the Ducati Heritage Contest will focus on the past historic motorcycles. Another community event to bring the celebrating Ducati community together, the Ducati Garage Contest awards the best custom bikes created by Ducatisti from all over the world.
With two months to go to the opening of World Ducati Week 2016, Ducati states sales of passes and tickets are ‘sky-rocketing’ with purchases being made from all over the world. For those who haven’t yet bought their tickets, the dedicated website is the place to go with all the info would-be attendees need to get to Misano on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2016.
Purchasing a 3-day pass opens up one or more tours on the WDW2016 Tour program which last a full or half-day. These are motorcycle itineraries through the most attractive areas of Emilia Romagna including the Riviera and its hinterland and the Republic of San Marino.
The major novelty for 2016 is the “VIP Dealer Package”, that is the purchase of a special WDW2016 pass, already available from Ducati dealers, that offers special ticket prices and an exclusive opportunity to meet Ducati riders.
Whether going or not, Ducati fans can keep up with all the details surrounding WDW2016 with Clutch and Chrome, Ducati’s website as well as the social media of Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #worldducatiweek.