The World Ducati Week (WDW) is the most popular and sought after bike gatherings in the world.
WDW festival is built around bikes, bikers, entertainment and Ducati’s hospitality at its best.
It’s a must-do during any Ducatisti’s lifetime.
Where else could you find thousands of Ducati motorcycles and riders from across the globe in one place?
As far as your eyes can see, you will see Ducatis in all kinds of shapes and forms.
This year it was a privilege for me to attend the World Ducati Week 2014 (WDW 2014) at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Misano Adriatico (Province of Rimini) in Italy.
World Ducati Week is held bi-annually at the Misano World Circuit.
This year, the WDW 2014 entered its 8th edition and for three days, Misano World Circuit is turned into a red world.
It was three great days filled with pure revving fun.
There were numerous interesting activities that got everybody excited.
There were stunt shows, riding courses, a chance to road test the new Monster 821, autograph sessions with Ducati Corse champions (past and present) plus on-track tests with the fantastic Audi R8 V10 and the new Lamborghini Huracá*.
The Misano World Circuit was also opened to the public, where anybody can ride their Ducati bikes on the track with their racing gear on as fast they want.
The Friday (first day) evening parade was the kick off, of the WDW 2014 and what a surprise it was.
I thought the parade was reserved for selected riders and Ducati officials, but when I saw that long line of bikes entering the Misano track I was blown away.
The only requirement to enter the track was; you must be on a Ducati!
Several hundred bikes rode to Riccione (about 18mins away from Misano), honking and revving all the way to attend the Scrambler Beach Party. Simply mind blowing!
The second day drew in the biggest crowd.
The highlight of the day was the final showdown of the Diavel Drag Race by Tudor which saw pros of past and present Ducati Corse riders (MotoGP and SBK) battling it out on the powerful Ducati Diavel Carbon bikes.
The crowd went hysterical when the engines were cranked up to the highest possible decibel that one could think off.
Mamamia! The champion of the drag race was Regis Laconi (former official Ducati SBK rider).
Later in the night, it was time to party with some awesome light and sound shows which kept the audience on their toes the whole night.
On the same day in the mid-morning, the new 2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP was unveiled to the public by three-time World Superbike (WSBK) champion Troy Bayliss and the 2011 WSBK title winner, Carlos Checa.
The new Hypermotard SP is claimed to be much more aggressive than its predecessor; runs on a 821cc ‘Testastretta’ engine with 110hp.
It is equipped with dedicated Riding Modes (Race, Sport and Wet) and an 8-level Ducati Traction Control derived from the 1199 Panigale.
The bike also comes with a 3-level ABS and Marzocchi USD forks which are complemented by Ohlins rear shock units plus a set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres.
The world premiere of the much talked about 2015 Scrambler Ducati was also made available during WDW 2014.
Many fans including myself had to wait for hours under the scorching sun and heat of 39 Celcius to enter the “yellow container” and get a sneak preview (strictly no-photos) of the Scrambler Ducati prototype.
And everybody who came out from gave an appreciative nod.
The design of the new Scrambler Ducati is very similar to Ducati models of the 60s and 70s, featuring a combination of retro styling with Ducati technology.
There is so much of character in the bike.
The bike comes with wide handles (retro design), mid-size fuel tank (13 litres) with two tone colour and chrome side panels on both sides of the tank, a classic chromed big round headlight, firm wide pillion seat at the same level as the rider’s seat, upright sitting position and magnesium wheels.
It uses an air cooled engine but I was unable to make out the engine capacity but sources said it will be 500cc and above.
The final day (Sunday) of this eighth WDW saw thousands of Ducatistis and their bikes once again flooding into the paddock of the Misano World Circuit, all eager to enjoy their last day before heading home.
Sixty five thousand people attended the three-day WDW 2014, equalling the record set back in 2012 when WDW was a 4-day event.
Ducati fans came from 56 different countries which reaffirms Ducati’s global appeal.
Some Ducatisti had made their way to Misano from the US, Europe, Australia, Russia and India.
Quite a number had travelled as far away from Brazil, China, Malaysia, Gabon, Iceland and Nepal.