Vicki’s View


Davide Giugliano is forced to interrupt his 2015 SBK season 

  • Further radiology tests reveal that Davide Giugliano has fractured the D3 vertebra
  • • The official Racing – Ducati Superbike Team rider will not be substituted for the Malaysian round at Sepang
  • • Michele Pirro to ride the Panigale R at the eleventh SBK round at Jerez de la Frontera Arezzo

A series of comprehensive and specialist medical checks have, unfortunately, revealed a fracture of the D3 vertebra for Davide Giugliano. The Racing – Ducati Superbike Team rider, the victim of a crash in the second race of the American round at Laguna Seca, is therefore forced to interrupt his 2015 racing season, given the doctors’ prognosis of three months recovery time. The fracture, not visible in the initial examination that took place at the racetrack, was a consequence of the crash that took place during race 2 on Sunday 19 July at Laguna Seca. Davide Giugliano was immediately examined by local doctors who also carried out a radiography of his spine but no serious injuries were identified, except for contusions to the left foot and right knee. Given the nature of the crash and the previous accident at Phillip Island – in which the rider suffered fractures of the L1 and L2 vertebrae, missing the first four rounds as a result – the rider, together with the Team, decided to undergo more in-depth tests on his return from the USA. Unfortunately the MRI and CAT scans carried out on Thursday 23 July have revealed a fracture of the D3 vertebra. The fracture will prevent Giugliano from riding his bike for three months, which means he will be unable to race for the remainder of the 2015 championship. The Italian squad will not replace Davide for the upcoming event taking place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on 2 August, but has decided to entrust the second Panigale R to Michele Pirro, already a frontrunner when he participated as a wildcard at the Misano SBK round, for the following round, scheduled to take place at the Spanish track of Jerez de la Frontera on 20 September. The Racing – Ducati Superbike Team wishes Davide a speedy recovery.

Davide Giugliano:

“I am of course extremely disappointed right now… Clearly 2015 was not my season. There is no point grieving over it anyway, that’s that and the important thing is that once again the trauma will not result in any long-term damage. It will take a bit more time, but I hope to recover quickly and be back riding my Panigale soon.”


Scrambler Camp. Ground Zero In The Land Of Joy

Scrambler Camp. Ground Zero In The Land Of Joy

Called “Ducati Scrambler Camp” Ducati Launches A New Point Of Sale Concept

The Ducati Scrambler, Italy’s best selling motorcycle in May is also a new brand and Ducati is taking a different approach to it’s marketing. Ducati refers to the Scrambler lifestyle as “The Land of Joy” and this stand alone dealership is a place that enthusiasts can gather to experience “a universe of trends and fun”. Scrambler Camp 2 Located in Padua, Italy this is expected to be the first of numerous Scrambler stand alone stores. The 645 square foot store will sell the same Scrambler motorcycles, apparel and accessories already featured in existing dealerships while presenting a purely dedicated look at the Scrambler concept and lifestyle

Scrambler Camp 1

That's two DECADES of Ducati fun..

That’s two DECADES of Ducati fun..

Hard to believe but this year’s Laguna WSBK weekend is the 20th Anniversary of the first Ducati Island, which of course started at Laguna Seca. To celebrate Ducati North America is planning  a bike show with cool special prizes.  Here’s how it works:

There are 6 classes, Best Original, Best Modified, Hit The Road, Bella Bike of the Island, Passion (bike and/or rider considered) and Best In Show. It’s a limited space available show, (if you were on the Island last year you will have an idea how it’s set up) and judging is expected to be on Saturday, but if you show your bike, you can park in the prime show spot on Sunday too.

If you have any questions contact me directly, if I don’t know the answer I’ll find out.

Please pass the word to your friends, Ducati club members, and to any groups, pages or forums you might participate in.


See you on the Island!


Posted by Vicki Smith at 4:19 pm
Phil Schilling and the Satified Mind Ducati 175 F3 at the Pebble Beach Concours

Phil Schilling and the Satified Mind Ducati 175 F3 at the Pebble Beach Concours

Ducati lost a great friend last night with the passing of Phil Schilling.  In our world Phil was well known for winning the Daytona Superbike race in 1977 with Cook Neilson, a fairy tale journey documented month by month in Cycle magazine as hundreds of thousands of people followed along the “Racer Road”.  He also wrote what is my favorite motorcycle story, “A Satisfied Mind” which was a beautiful tale of a young man falling in love with a Ducati motorcycle and the ups and downs of their life together.

There is a long list of achievements, books he wrote, jobs he held, the amazing woman he married, the sort of things that lives tend to boil down to. Phil was a great mechanic. He mentored so many racers it would be difficult to count them all. And his influence on the motorcycle industry as long time editor of Cycle was impossible to measure.  But sitting here at my keyboard all I can really think of was how deeply he was loved and by so many people.DSC_0524

Cook and Phil on the box at Daytona, 1977

Cook and Phil on the box at Daytona, 1977

Phil passed from Parkinson’s, and we had been losing bits of him for a long time.  Parkinson’s steals the ability to communicate and that’s a cruel twist for a man who was brilliant and funny and who could put things into words in a simple way that made the sentiment so vivid you felt like you were there in the room with him when it happened.  It took a remarkably long time to truly get the best of him. In between the ups and downs he was right there with us, at WDW posing for photos with “New Blue” the bike NCR built to honor his Daytona win, at IndyGP laughing at a hurricane, grinning from his helmet on the back of Cook’s motorcycle riding along on the Moto Giro in California, at Pebble Beach Concours on the green with Prosecco and that little Ducati that gave him the Satisfied Mind, at Barber Vintage with tears in his eyes when the museum presented him and Cook with a faithful replica of his California Hot Rod they called Old Blue, and finally, in Las Vegas for his Motorcycle Hall Of Fame induction. Always surrounded by people who really, truly, deeply, loved him.

So that is this man’s measure of success and I can report that in that regard he was successful indeed.

Goodbye my friend, you will be deeply missed by many.


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 Click HERE for the link to A Satisfied Mind on Cycle World Magazine