Ducati announced in April they were looking for not only enthusiastic riders but prolific writers as well with their focus on motorcycle bloggers and bikers who live on social media to record the proposed trip. This trip will take a group riders around the world, visiting places that are important in Ducati's history and meeting people who are legends to fans of the Italian motorcycle brand.
They were looking for seven people with a taste for adventure, choosing what they are calling as ‘the most expert applicants’, people who will be entrusted with both bike and torch, ‘ambassadors of Ducati passion travelling the roads of the world’.
Not only were those ambassadors chosen, they recently endured tough tests.
Source - Ducati
Coming from all over the world, the fourteen finalists came from India, Australia, United States, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Italy, the UK, Germany and many others and arrived in Tuscany to take part in off-road riding sessions and tests on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro at the same place that serves as the venue for the Ducati DRE Enduro riding courses.
According to Ducati, ‘the magnificent Castello di Nipozzano, in the Chianti hills, provided a stunning backdrop to the rider selection bootcamp for Globetrotter 90’, the round-the-world relay organized by Ducati to celebrate the company's 90 years of success.
The fourteen candidates were vying for a place on the seven-rider relay team that'll be travelling the globe to celebrate Ducati's 90th anniversary.
At the start of this tough day the candidates competed in an (on-foot) orienteering trial in the grounds around the Castello to check out their navigational and problem-solving skills. Following this physical test, the group mounted their bikes and, under the guidance of Beppe Gualini, went through a wide range of off-road riding challenges.
In the second day of tests, competitors demonstrated their abilities in wheel-changing, puncture repair, brake pad replacement and handlebar/lever assembly. While these may sound extreme, Ducati considered the skills as a must for solo globe-trotting.
Finally, the aspiring Globetrotters also had to show they could be confident in front of the camera by putting together a brief video presentation and posing for a photo shoot.
Ducati promises the final seven will be announced soon, with the first departure on this amazing relay road trip heading out on July 4th from the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna.