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Old Sep 20th 2015, 02:37 AM   #1
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Ducati Riding Experience - Mugello - Track Master

I am posting this on my honeymoon and I am copy and pasting my Facebook post which has a mini review :-)

The Ducati Riding Experience (Track Master) at the Mugello racetrack was unreal! The Ducati 1299s was amazing and is a bit different from my 1199 Panigale R in a good way, the clutchless up AND downshifts are a game changer on the track. The bike is extremely easy to ride and the wheelie control is fantastic, level 2 was good in the morning during warm up but as we picked up the pace later in the afternoon it became a problem 3/4 of the way down the straight (yea I know, I'll get to that). Traction control was non intrusive similar to my Panigale. We were on brand new super corsa dot race tires (SC2).

My personal instructor for the day was Matteo Baiocco (World Superbike Team Althea Ducati) along with Niccolo Canepa (who was also a guest instructor). These guys are beyond fast and some of the best riders in the world, it was an honor to even be sharing the same pavement with them let alone spending hours 1 on 1 learning, going over video, and telemetry. I can honestly say I passed a WSBK rider on the brakes into Casanova (hint: he let me by to get video of me, but thanks for thinking I'm even allowed to compare myself haha) he in typical Italian style then went past me in Sevelli elbow down like I was standing still.

The Mugello front straight is as insane as you've all heard. It's about .7 miles in legnth, In comparison Thunderhill's is just under .2 miles! The bike has 205 HP and the instructors were reaching about 189 mph before the turn 1 braking zone depending on the wind and final corner drive, I was at about 170 mph before I ran out of talent haha Besides the speed, wind due to stock wind screen, and breaking for turn 1 the most humbling feeling I've ever had is being wide open in 6th and the front end getting light and wheel starting to come up! 3/4 of the way down the straight is a small crest, small but enough that you can't see turn 1, Matteo had consistent small power wheelies at this point. Breaking for turn 1 at these speeds and the wind drag is intense, the auto blipper I feel helped free up some concentration to be able to put it all together faster and actually not blow the turn/apex. The interesting part of the front straight is its not straight, 2/3 of it is, at that point it dips down, up, then left, and YES I did cut the candy cane Italian flag like the MotoGP/WSBK boys :-)

The rest of the track is very flowing and easy to go fast on (at least my version of this). The S's are beautiful, all (3) of them! It's also very safe with tons of run off and gravel. The final turn is similar to T2 at Thunderhill only banked a bit! Arrabbiata 1 and 2 are amazing as well.

For everyone wondering the level of the Track Master program, I would consider it mid A group/fast group track day pace/skill/consistency. The track intro, and track evo groups were out on the track at the same time and are fairly slow. If you've ridden on the track and understand the basics I would skip the track intro class and do the track evo or track master.

After the DRE I went to the San Marino MotoGP race and next week I'm off to the Aragon MotoGP race. Not a bad honeymoon :-P
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Old Sep 20th 2015, 03:41 AM   #2
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You left the wife at home?
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Old Sep 20th 2015, 04:06 AM   #3
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Nah she was watching, we are both MotoGP fans so it works out :-)
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Old Sep 20th 2015, 04:21 AM   #4
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Old Sep 20th 2015, 07:56 PM   #5
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Damn lucky...I'm a bit jealous :laugh

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