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Aug 10, 2001

Ducati Donne Day To Give Women Racers Chance To Ride 996SPS

From a Ducati press release:<BR><BR>Ducati Donne to break the mold for women<BR><BR>Ducati is out to destroy the misconception that woman don't ride motorcycles. Women ride, they ride often and they ride well. They have a long history in motorcycling and, in this new millennium, a stronger place in the sport than ever. We at Ducati aim to show the world just how far women have come in what many people still regard as a male pastime and we hope to help pave the way for more women wanting to take a more competitive interest in motorcycling.<BR><BR>Ducati North America is proud to announce the inclusion of a women's-only race school, Ducati Donne ("Ducati Women"), at Ducati Revs America in Las Vegas this October. It is being organized by Ducati and marshalled by Ducati World Superbike stars Ben Bostrom and Troy Bayliss, with a brief talk by former World Motorcycle Champion Freddie Spencer. Ducati have set aside 15 of their limited edition 996SPS hypersport motorcycles for the school. Probably no other race school in history has had such an exclusive array of machinery and personnel. <BR><BR>Run on Saturday, October 27, at Las Vegas Speedway, the two-hour program is designed for women who race, or plan to race, and will feature track time on the Vegas short circuit, a condensed training lecture by Freddie Spencer, and a technical workshop on racebike set-up hosted by motojournalist and racer Nick Ienatsch. <BR><BR>There are only 30 places available for the Saturday session and discussions are already underway on whether to double the number of places available by extending the program to two days. <BR><BR>Ducati is serious about females in motorcycle sport, and through Ducati Donne they hope to not only broaden the minds of many motorcyclists, but smooth the path for more women to pursue professional racing careers. <BR><BR>If you are interested in Ducati Donne please contact Wendy Hogg on (262) 573-4256 or by e-mail at DRApress@ducatiusa.com. We want to stress that this program is designed for women who aim to race and, as there are only limited spaces available, we hope that all applicants have this in mind.