Ducati Riding Academy Returns with DRE 2016

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The Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) is back for 2016, and this rider training program is now extended with two more courses that expand its versatility and make it even more appealing for Ducatisti.
The biggest change in the curriculum of the Ducati Riding Experience is the DRE Enduro course. “An authentic off-road school,” as Ducati describes the DRE Enduro, this course will make use of Bologna's all-new adventure machine, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, introduced last November at EICMA.

DRE Enduro will help riders perfect their techniques and become more capable of tackling any type of terrain. Ducati is yet to announce the dates and more information about the DRE Enduro, as well as prices and booking methods. This data will be made available on Ducati's website shortly.

However, Borgo Panigale has revealed that the Ducati Riding Experience Enduro courses will take place on the grounds of Castello Nipozzano, a famous historic estate owned by the Marquis Frescobaldi, with Beppe Gualini of Dakar fame as Technical Director.

The new “Champs Academy” with Ducati Panigale R

No less than six track courses are available this year through the Ducati Riding Experience, two for the riders who are new to the track, and four for those who want to learn more road racing secrets.

The Intro and Precision course address those who wish to perfect their road riding skills in complete safety, while Track Evo, Track Warm Up, Track Master and Champs Academy are dedicated to the riders who are no longer new to the sport.

Ducati chose two of the most iconic circuits in the world for the road racing courses of the DRE 2016, Mugello and the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with all the action having World Champion Carlos Checa as a track guide for the students.

The Champs Academy courses will use the Panigale R, whereas the Track Master will sport the 1299 Panigale S. Track Warm Up and Track Evo will use 959 Panigale bikes, and the new Hypermotard 939, the Hyperstrada 939, and the Monster 1200 and 1200 R will be part of the Precision course. Intro students will use the Monster 821.

The DRE 2016 attendants can also hire D|air Racing Ducati Corse airbag-equipped leathers, Ducati adds. As for the people who will lead the training program, here is the list:
  • Carlos Checa (Superbike World Champion in 2011 with the Ducati 1198)
  • Dario Marchetti (technical director and chief instructor, a very experienced rider)
  • Michele Pirro (official Ducati Corse test rider for MotoGP since 2013 and Italian champion Superbike in 2015)
  • Argentinian Leandro Tati Mercado (2014 Superstock World Champion)
  • Alessandro Valia (official Ducati test rider for production bikes since 2007)
  • Matteo Baiocco (official Ducati Corse test rider for the Panigale Superbike)
  • Manuel Poggiali (125 World Champion in 2001 and 250 World Champion in 2003)
  • Paolo Casoli (Supersport World Champion in 1997)
  • Andrew Pitt (Superbike World Championships in 2001 and 2003).

Check with the Ducati Riding Experience website for more info.
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