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Old Jun 11th 2018, 12:28 PM   #1
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Ducati Riding Experience

Has anyone been? If so, how did you like it? I went for the Superleggera World Superbike Experience at Mugello and I had a great time but we didn't get to ride very much and a flight, hotel and cost of the program will cost over 5k so naturally I want to know more....

Thanks in advance for those who respond with useful info and/or their experiences....

For those who were not aware here is a link --> http://dre.ducati.it/racetrack/en

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Old Jun 11th 2018, 12:40 PM   #2
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Didn't know there was an official experience, can you post a link?
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Old Jun 11th 2018, 03:27 PM   #3
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I'm in Italy in September and I've been trying to book the EVO in Mugello but they all seem to be unavailable via the Ducati site.
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I went to the Track Evo program last Sept. at Mugello. We rode the 959 and the Track Master program used the 1299. This year they are still having the Evo on the 959 and the Track Master is on the new V4. It is very well run with a lot of former pros as instructors and very safe. You are able to use your own gear or use their D-air Misano suits and arai helmets. Food is provided and a lunch is at the track restaurant. Ample area to rest and sit with video of your riding to aid in instruction. The Master program is much better with smaller groups and more personal instruction. The Evo program is more basic and they try to put you with similar riding ability in a group of 5 with 1 instructor. You typically go around in several sessions in a line with one another no passing within the group unless the instructor signals for it. Some people might not like this style as you are held within your group and you do not have as much autonomy as in places like the California Superbike School. In CSS they let you go at your own pace and pass safely wherever you like just keep a 6ft bubble from everyone. I feel it is much safer as you have a lot of different riding levels all riding together and by taking a lap with others in a line and then taking turns at the front gives some progression and instruction and not just letting you out there willy nilly. The Master program gives much more for advanced riding and if you are a former racer/track addict you would no doubt prefer this program. If it rains, as it did in my program, they will not let you out on the track, even if you have racing experience. I found it a great experience but I am just happy being out on the track, if you are really down to just get great lap times it's not the best program. They also are not like the California Superbike school in that they do not have a "system" that you follow through, no distinct "tasks" or exercises to progress through, they don't have a "lean bike"or a "slide" bike like CSS. The instructors typically work on your line and give pointers in your riding. I think it is well worth it but I am not very demanding when it comes to instruction and really just happy to be out on one of the best Tracks in the world in the heart of Tuscany I hope to go next year!
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Thanks for the detailed response @jwsdmdmd - I went to the World Superbike Experience in July 2017 to ride the 1299, then 1299 Superleggera and then Marco Melandri's actual World Superbike Panigale R. While it was a really cool experience to have (riding Mugello) I was VERY disappointed with the amount of time I actually got to ride. After riding I did get the opportunity to drive an Audi R8 Spyder (with the V10 motor) on the curvy roads in the mountains around the track; this was pretty awesome and made up for some of the limited time to ride.

I worry about going all the way to Italy for only 3-5 sessions each day.

Also, Idk about you guys but I find pretty much ALL Panigale(s) twin or V4 impossible to ride without grippier footpegs and Stomp Grip....
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