Brazilian Eduardo Generali rode 5300 km along roads crossing the American West, finishing in Indianapolis to complete the fourth stage of the around the world voyage with the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. Like any biker, Generali documented his 17 day trip only he used a camera mounted on the Globetrotter 90° torch, recounting his experiences in the online diary.
Intended as homage to Ducati and its first 90 years of making motorcycle, the routes recall milestones in the Italian manufacturer’s rich history. A total of seven riders were chosen out of 3,000 applications from everyday enthusiasts to make the globetrotting trip.
Looking back on the fourth stage
As with the previous legs of the celebratory ride around the world, the Brazilian globetrotter visited places that are legendary to the Ducati name. He took his bike onto Laguna Seca racetrack and rode the famous Corkscrew.
The Ducati moment at Laguna Seca came in 1986 when Marco Lucchinelli became the first Italian to score a race win in the AMA championship. This milestone led to the birth of the celebrative 750 F1 Laguna Seca model. This was followed by Superbike race wins for Troy Corser in 1995 and 1998, for John Kocinski in 1996 and Anthony Gobert in 1999, Ben Bostrom in 2001, Troy Bayliss in 2002 and Pierfrancesco Chili and Rubén Xaus in 2003. The Ducati MotoGP has also experienced success at this track, with Casey Stoner winning the American race in 2007 before going on to win the world title on board his Desmosedici GP07. Another important memory was created recently by Chaz Davies, when he scored the double Superbike race win at this track with the 1299 Panigale in 2015.
From Laguna Seca, Eduardo visited Robb Talbott’s new museum in nearby Carmel Valley which features its fair share of Ducati classics, including some real stand-outs such as the 1950 “60 Sport” and the 1951 “125 cc Gran Sport”.
Generali was joined by his father in Los Angeles and the pair rode across the Mojave Desert to Death Valley. Enjoying breath-taking views the trip took in the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Valley of the Gods in Utah, with the pair often needing to ride off-road on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro before reaching the spectacular back country Routes in Colorado.
Motorcycle enthusiasts can’t forget Pikes Peak when considering a ride through Colorado. To get there Eduardo navigated the passes of Ophir, Cumberland and Cottonwood, surrounded by snow-covered peaks. Called the ‘race towards the clouds’, Pikes Peak is where America’s best-known uphill time trial takes place, something Ducati won on three consecutive occasions between 2011 and 2013.
Arriving in Denver, father and son parted ways, leaving the Globetrotter to cross Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and then Indiana and Indianapolis, home to the world’s most famous racetrack where Nicky Hayden scored his first MotoGP podium with Ducati in 2009.
It was at the ‘Brickyard’ where the torch was passed to the fifth globetrotter, Australian Steve Fraser.
The fifth stage
From Kalamunda, in Perth, Steve is a 50-year old is a ‘landscaper’, or photographer who specializes in capturing scenery and spectacular views. He describe himself as a ‘professional photographer and adventurer’.
“My passion for bikes and love for photography have taken me all over the world,” explains Steve. “Travelling by bike has taught me to look at life for what it is, helping me to develop, but also challenge my character.”
From Indianapolis, Steve will travel towards Cincinnati and then Birmingham to visit two very important collectors who have authentic rare Ducati models. Afterwards, it’s a long ride to the Daytona racetrack in Florida, before arriving in New York.
As with the Globetrotters who rode before him, Steve will document his journey online.