Silverstone was the venue for the first Ducati UK Riding Experience Academy event, and the Bologna firm reckons it was a big hit. The DRE track event, formerly run at big European tracks such as Mugello, welcomed 60 riders to the inaugural event on 16-18 May, with some big-name instructors from MotoGP and WSBK. Racers Michele Pirro, Karel Abraham, Chaz Davies, Alex De Angelis, Ferruccio Lamborghini and DRE chief instructor Dario Marchetti, were the top-tier teachers, tasked with showing V4 Panigale-mounted riders the way around the historic Northants circuit as part of a high-end three-day experience based at the Hilton Garden Inn Silverstone. With a combination of DRE and Silverstone’s own instructors, groups of five riders, including media, top customers, and fans benefited from close supervision and tuition, including a track walk with instructors the evening before riding.
The DRE offers a variety of different levels: experienced riders get the wild performance of the race-bred Ducati Panigale V4 on the Advance course, while less-experienced riders can join the Intermediate level to help build on-track confidence.
Silverstone was just the first of a series of new Ducati UK events as part of the brand’s Riding Experiences calendar for 2023. To complete the Riding Experiences portfolio, Ducati UK are also running additional Ducati Track Days for 2023. The first day kicked off at Donington Park GP circuit on 23 May, followed by the Silverstone GP circuit on 27 June.
Fabrizio Cazzoli, MD at Ducati UK, said, “We’re all delighted that the first Ducati Riding Experience held in the UK has been such a great success. Seeing so many riders out on track on their Ducatis, enjoying the UK’s fastest racing circuit at Silverstone, was fantastic.