The trackday itself was wet all day, with surface water all over the track. My Ducati was far from happy especially as she was still wearing her Italian designer boots in the shape of a pair of Pirelli Rosso Corsos. Awesome tyres in the dry, frankly dangerous in the wet.
To give you some idea of the conditions, have a look at this photo. This is one very scared rider
Ducati UK brought along some members of their race teams including Ayrton Badovini and the Superbike Project Director Ernesto Marinell. In the following Q&A session I won a fleece for asking a question about having particular riders from certain countries in order to enhance Ducati's market share. To be honest thou, the bloke that asked if hiring Rossi for two years was a mistake should have won it instead of me.
Bosch were also on hard to demonstrate the ABS on two Ducati bikes; the Diavel and the Multistrada. For those who took part, the process was three fold for each bike. On the first run, we were asked to accelerate to 50mph in 2nd gear and stamp on the back break. The second run, we were told to again get up to 50mph and grab a massive handful of front brake and finally on the third run, use a combination of the front and back. Jesus! All I can say is I want ABS on my next bike, its utterly fabulous.
Finally, there was a nice range of Ducatis on show which ranged from top spec 1199rs, to 999s, to Superlights to the super rare and frankly amazing Supermono Strada built by Alistair Wager. Check out his website www.britaliamoto.com for more on this amazing bike.
Finally finally, here just two nice pics of two older Ducatis