Held at the Sepang International Circuit, some 500 Ducatis from around the world are expected to take part in this event. There will be 2 days of track training at the SIC following the MotoGP event where it is divided into 3 levels namely Basic, Intermediate and Advanced, the same one which is conducted by Ducati in Italy. Troy Bayliss, a renowned superbiker with 52 World superbike victories to his name will be leading the training for the riders taking part.
The event is supported by Tourism Malaysia and DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) and is themed ‘Red Storm’ and you can expect riders from more than 22 countries making their way into the track. Coming from several Ducatisti from around Europe, other countries involved include Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, India, China and Canada among others.
There will also be street parties held along Jalan P Ramlee during the night and according to Zaini Haron from Next Bike Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Naza Group and distributor of Ducati bikes in Malaysia, some of the riders have informed the organizers that they are looking to visit more sites in Malaysia after the event, a major boost to the tourism sector. Zaini said that they are expected the entourage from Philippines and Indonesia to come in numbers where they will be travelling in convoy and subsequently visit various other sites apart from the capital.
If you haven’t already know, Ducati has been organizing World Ducati Week and this would be a micro-event of the real thing which is held once every 3 years in Italy in the Misano World Circuit and this year saw 60,000 motorcylists from 28 countries spanning 5 continents participating. Datuk SM Zulkifli SM Amin, the executive vice president (operations) of Naza Group said that at the moment they are planning to hold the Asia Ducati Week once every 2 years although they are considering it to become an annual event which is expected to cost about RM5million to run.