Spectacular frozen lake conclusion to Wrooom 2013

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Madonna di Campiglio (Italy) – Today the 23rd edition of the Wrooom Press Ski Meeting at Madonna di Campiglio drew to a close with the traditional ski and kart races reserved for F1 drivers and MotoGP riders, which provided an exciting and enjoyable evening for the spectators present in the famous ski resort in the heart of the Trentino Dolomites.

Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team unveil their bikes

Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team unveil their bikes

Photo by: Ducati Corse

To celebrate this edition of Wrooom and as a mark of gratitude and recognition for the Dolomites range of mountains, Ducati decided to create a special livery of the Multistrada 1200, by using the “Pikes Peak” sports model as a basis and transforming it into an exclusive and attractive “Dolomites’ Peak” version.

The bike was unveiled by the Ducati Team riders shortly before the ski race, 2100 metres up the mountain, with a spectacular view of the Dolomites as a backdrop, and the sun, blue sky and lots of snow making the atmosphere even more fascinating than usual.

The bike will remain a unique, one-off version, even though the interest that the gorgeous livery aroused far exceeded expectations.

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Marlboro Team

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Marlboro Team

Photo by: Ducati Corse

The snowboard downhill race was dominated by Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian demonstrating his ability on the snow, and he finished ahead of his team manager Vittoriano Guareschi.

Paolo Ciabatti, the new Ducati MotoGP Project Director, finished a good fifth place in the ski race, which was won by Giancarlo Fisichella.

In the evening the attention turned to Madonna di Campiglio’s frozen lake for an exciting end to the Wrooom 2013 week.

Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone faced off against the Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Marc Gene, Giancarlo Fisichella and Luca Badoer.

At the chequered flag the all-F1 podium saw Alonso take the win from Fisichella and Massa, while Dovizioso (fourth), Hayden (fifth) and Iannone (seventh) all had good races and contributed to the spectacle.

With the conclusion of the Wroom 2013 Press Ski Meeting, the Ducati Team and the Pramac Racing Team now prepare to start testing for the 2013 MotoGP season, at Sepang in February and Jerez de la Frontera in March, followed by the opening round of the championship in Qatar on April 7.

Ducati Team

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January’s podcast with Richard Attwood

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January’s podcast with Richard Attwood

This month the team sat down with Richard Attwood, winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1970.

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Regular listeners will know how entertaining Richard can be after Ed’s evening with him and David Piper. Nigel also commented afterwards that he has rarely known a racing driver with such incredible recall. For fans of the Porsche 917, Richard’s experiences of the car’s difficult early days and his Le Mans win with Hans Herrmann will be particularly interesting. The historians among you should enjoy this one.

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Vic Elford on the Targa Florio

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Vic Elford on the Targa Florio

Even in the 1970s, the Targa Florio was an anachronism. Held around the twisting roads of Sicily, it was a major part of the sports car championship for many years. Cars set off at 15 second intervals and raced around the (for most of its history) 45 mile circuit that ran through the hills and towns of the island.

The 1972 race seen in this video was won by Ferrari drivers Arturo Merzario and Sandro Munari. The Scuderia dominated the sports car season that year with the 312PB, winning every round except Le Mans – which they didn’t even enter, fearing their F1-derived engines wouldn’t last the distance. Munari was an interesting addition to the team for the Targa. A rally driver – and later a champion for Lancia – he knew the area like the back of his hand and his talents combined with the aggressive Merzario made for an effective pairing.

Vic Elford won the event in 1968, sharing a Porsche 907 with Umberto Maglioli. ‘Quick Vic’ became a hero to many after the victory, having lost 18 minutes on the first lap after a tyre failure. One of the most intriguing parts of the film is his description of Helmut Marko’s worries about the race and subsequent lap record. After making headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, it’s a great reminder that he was capable of a banzai performance in his day.

This video is an excerpt from the film The Speed Merchants, a documentary following the 1972 sports car season. It’s well worth a watch.

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Ben Spies’new Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP13 unveiled

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Bologna (Italy) – Last September Corse announced that Ben Spies
had been signed to race for the Pramac Racing Team in the 2013 MotoGP World
Championship. Last night, the American’s Ducati Desmosedici GP13 was officially unveiled
at Wrooom 2013, the traditional Press Ski Meeting in Madonna di Campiglio that
symbolically launches the forthcoming MotoGP season.

Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Photo by: Ducati Corse

Ducati has a long relationship with Pramac Team Principal Paolo Campinoti, whose squad
is now factory-supported. Under the guidance of Team Manager Francesco Guidotti, Pramac
Racing will play a key role in the development of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13, and Ben
Spies’ experience and talent will be essential to the project. In addition to being a
winner and six-time podium finisher in MotoGP, the Texan won the 2009 Superbike World
Championship and is a three-time AMA Superbike Champion.

Spies’ Ignite Pramac Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP13 prominently features the logo
of new sponsor Ignite Asset Management, a New York-based, alternative-asset-management
firm led by a group of hedge-fund industry veterans and supported by private investors
with a passion for motorsports.

Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse MotoGP Project Director) “We’re very pleased with the
agreement we’ve reached with Ignite Pramac Racing Team for 2013, which has the Francesco
Guidotti-run team taking on factory-supported status, with an even closer link to
Ducati’s racing department. This is also demonstrated with the presence for the first
time of Pramac Racing Team at Wrooom, the fantastic event taking place in Madonna di
Campiglio. We’re very confident that Ben Spies will be able to use his talents to help
us with the development of the bike and to achieve the results we’re after more quickly,
and we thank the sponsor Ignite Asset Management for its support on this project.”

Francesco Guidotti (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Manager) “Pramac Racing Team is
honoured to welcome Ben Spies, who has enormous talent and a spectacular riding style.
We’re expecting a big challenge, but thanks to the important support of sponsor Ignite
Asset Management and our new status as a Ducati factory-supported team, we are sure we
will live up to expectations. With Ben, we’ll endeavour to speed up the development
process on the bike to achieve our objectives as soon as possible. We’re
enthusiastically looking forward to the 2013 season.”

Ben Spies (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Rider) “I am excited to be a part of the
Ducati family. This is something I’ve wanted from the beginning of my racing career. My
team and I have our work cut out for us and new goals to meet, but we’ll benefit from
factory support and Audi coming on board. Ducati has four strong riders with different
styles, which should improve the Desmosedici and bring it back up to the top where it
belongs.”

Audi Ducati Team

Special thanks to:
motorsport.com

Ben Spies’ new Pramac Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP13 unveiled

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Bologna (Italy) – Last September Corse announced that Ben Spies
had been signed to race for the Pramac Racing Team in the 2013 MotoGP World
Championship. Last night, the American’s Ducati Desmosedici GP13 was officially unveiled
at Wrooom 2013, the traditional Press Ski Meeting in Madonna di Campiglio that
symbolically launches the forthcoming MotoGP season.

Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Photo by: Ducati Corse

Ducati has a long relationship with Pramac Team Principal Paolo Campinoti, whose squad
is now factory-supported. Under the guidance of Team Manager Francesco Guidotti, Pramac
Racing will play a key role in the development of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13, and Ben
Spies’ experience and talent will be essential to the project. In addition to being a
winner and six-time podium finisher in MotoGP, the Texan won the 2009 Superbike World
Championship and is a three-time AMA Superbike Champion.

Spies’ Ignite Pramac Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP13 prominently features the logo
of new sponsor Ignite Asset Management, a New York-based, alternative-asset-management
firm led by a group of hedge-fund industry veterans and supported by private investors
with a passion for motorsports.

Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse MotoGP Project Director) “We’re very pleased with the
agreement we’ve reached with Ignite Pramac Racing Team for 2013, which has the Francesco
Guidotti-run team taking on factory-supported status, with an even closer link to
Ducati’s racing department. This is also demonstrated with the presence for the first
time of Pramac Racing Team at Wrooom, the fantastic event taking place in Madonna di
Campiglio. We’re very confident that Ben Spies will be able to use his talents to help
us with the development of the bike and to achieve the results we’re after more quickly,
and we thank the sponsor Ignite Asset Management for its support on this project.”

Francesco Guidotti (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Manager) “Pramac Racing Team is
honoured to welcome Ben Spies, who has enormous talent and a spectacular riding style.
We’re expecting a big challenge, but thanks to the important support of sponsor Ignite
Asset Management and our new status as a Ducati factory-supported team, we are sure we
will live up to expectations. With Ben, we’ll endeavour to speed up the development
process on the bike to achieve our objectives as soon as possible. We’re
enthusiastically looking forward to the 2013 season.”

Ben Spies (Ignite Pramac Racing Team Rider) “I am excited to be a part of the
Ducati family. This is something I’ve wanted from the beginning of my racing career. My
team and I have our work cut out for us and new goals to meet, but we’ll benefit from
factory support and Audi coming on board. Ducati has four strong riders with different
styles, which should improve the Desmosedici and bring it back up to the top where it
belongs.”

Audi Ducati Team

Special thanks to:
motorsport.com

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