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!
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.
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.
The first stop on the Troy Bayliss “Five Miles” tour is next weekend so this is a good time to fill new AMAPro Flat Track fans in on how to follow the races if they are too far away to go in person.
If you love racing and like me have painfully shelled out hundreds of euros and dollars for the privilege of staying in the know, you are really going to like what I have to tell you about following Troy Bayliss on the Five Miles Tour. It’s easy, totally free AND the coverage includes all the practice sessions and races. Better yet, it’s a world wide feed with no regional restrictions. Log on race day and get comfortable, you may find yourself wanting to stay a while.
Live coverage on the internet is available for all the races on Fanschoice.TV http://www.fanschoice.tv/ It goes live on the day of the race prior to the first practice and stays live until after the main event. It works on any device and any website. It’s totally and completely free and works anywhere in the world. Just log on and click on the AMAPro section. Find the feed you are looking for and that’s it.
Full results are posted on the AMAPro website here within 30 minutes after the race. A full recap of the entire event will appear withing 48 hours http://www.amaproracing.com/ft/ For updates in between make sure you check out the @AMAProFlatTrack Twitter feed HERE
Another great resource is “Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone” show which is available as a podcast you can subscribe to. He covers a lot of different 2 wheeled topics but his long history as a flat track announcer makes him one of the best resources for intelligent interviews full of good info. Available on iTunes or go directly HERE Barry also has a Twitter feed worth following @twowheelb HERE
Flat Track Live is a Facebook based resource that does a good job of staying on top of the Flat Track news. Find them on Facebook HERE and make sure you follow the twitter feed @FlatTrackLive as well HERE
Finally, this year flat track is coming to the XGames on June 4th and Johnny Lewis and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsport Ducati team will be there. To follow them on Twitter go HERE and search the hashtag #XGamesFlatTrack
Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing Round One/LCQ/Final is on ESPN 9:30 – 11:30 EDT June 4th
Other obvious good resources for this exciting sport include the tracks themselves like the Sacramento mile @Sactomile and well know media resources like @DaveDespain and his Dave Despain Show on MavTV, or Chris Carr, who is now doing commentary for AMAPro racing and is very much in the know on his facebook page HERE
Best Troy Bayliss, Johnny Lewis and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports resources include:
UPDATE: Flat Track Weekly Radio covers flat track exclusively and can be followed by podcast. Both hosts are third generation racers and the show is a solid info source:
Know of a good resource I forgot? Let me know by posting a comment on the Ducati.net facebook page