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Aspiring Customizers Required to Enter Scrambler Contest in Advance of May 4 Event
 
One of the United States’ most prestigious motorcycle events will include elevated engagement this year as Ducati brings their Scrambler Summer Road Trip and a special Scrambler featured class to the annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California on May 4. The “Spirit of the Scrambler” class is open to the public and will be judged by Ducati executives, who will award the winner on-site at the event. Entries for this featured class will be accepted up to May 2, 2019: https://bit.ly/2IDHFYm Ducati’s Scrambler concept started in 1962 with the idea to mix-up (Scramble) a motorcycle that would work well riding on the street as well as down a dusty dirt road, yet never taking itself too seriously in either environment. The “Spirit of the Scrambler” class recognizes the Scramblers that were built to have fun no matter the terrain and express the personality of the owner’s mixed-up style. The Scrambler Ducati brand re-launched in 2015 to great success and has sold over 59,000 bikes worldwide while introducing at least two new models every year, expanding the range from the entry Scrambler Sixty2 to the Scrambler 1100 Sport. 2019 saw the refresh of the 800cc Scrambler models addressing improved safety with cornering ABS, functionality with a fuel level gauge and gear position indicator and style with new liveries across the range. Demo rides will also be available on the 2019 Scrambler models, with sign-ups available on-site to tour the beautiful Carmel Valley roads.   Ducati North America CEO Jason Chinnock will be in attendance with his personal Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled to give media, VIPs, Scrambler Ducati aficionados and new riders an overview of the 2019 Scrambler line-up. “The Motorcycle Gathering at the Quail is one of my favorite motorcycle events with beautiful machines, engaging conversations and great riding in the Carmel Valley,” said Chinnock. “Bringing the Scrambler Ducati brand to the event is a perfect complement to bridge the past with the present of motorcycling while opening the world of motorcycling to new motorcyclists as well as returning riders.” Ducati attended the first Quail: A Motorcycle Gathering in 2009 and is honored to be part of the event showcasing the best of the past with an eye to the future of motorcycling.  The Quail Motorcycle Gathering takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, 8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, 93923. Tickets are available here: https://peninsula.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?cart&id=176530Ducati Promo Code (QL19DUCATI) is available for ticket buyers. The code is valid through May 3 on Pre-Sale General Admission tickets.
 

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Twins Cup – The Old Man And The Vee   The MotoAmerica Twins Cup class has had a major influx of entrants this season, and there is a large disparity in the age of the competitors: from 16 all the way to 50. In Saturday’s race one, those riders at the upper end of the age range showed their prowess, and the oldest of the group won the race. Fifty-year-old Michael Barnes, whose motorcycle road racing career has spanned three decades, won the race aboard his Quarterley Racing Ducati. He bested Curtis Murray, who finished second on his RBoM Racing Suzuki, and 42-year-old defending class champion Chris Parrish who was aboard his #1 Ghetto Customs Suzuki. Barnes, whose plan to race in Twins Cup came together late, said, “Chris Boy from MotoCorse Performance contacted me. It was kind of just a thrown-together deal. ‘Are you interested in doing it?’  I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah. Let’s do it.’ So, we got a couple sessions out at a track day a week-and-a-half ago at Homestead. Got a little bit of seat time on it. Then we just came up here and got a wet session yesterday, so this morning was the first dry session. We had a lot to learn this morning. Didn’t change too much, but the bike’s just really solid. “These guys built an incredible race bike. They have a Ducati shop down in Fort Lauderdale and they just put out a lot of good, good stuff. So, I’m just stoked that I was able to get these guys to build the bike. Bob Robbins has been the supporter behind Quarterley Racing. He’s my big supporter for this effort. I got to thank him tremendously for this opportunity. It looks like we’ll probably be doing VIR and don’t really have support after that. So, we’ll see what happens.”

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Ducati Monster 797+ to compete in MotoAmerica Twins Cup class during inaugural race of 2019 MotoAmerica season Newly homologated Monster 797+ to race during April 5-7 event at Road Atlanta Quarterley Racing rider Michael Barnes to pilot Monster 797 throughout the 2019 season  
A new addition to Ducati’s rich racing history begins this weekend as the 2019 Ducati Monster 797+ is scheduled to compete in the season opener of the MotoAmerica race series. A newly homologated Monster 797+, to be ridden by Quarterely Racing’s Michael Barnes, will enter the Twins Cup class at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia this weekend, with competition taking place from Saturday, April 6 through Sunday, April 7. The Twins Cup evokes the privateer spirit of providing an accessible form of road racing in a national series and the Ducati Monster 797+ is the perfect complement.   “On the heels of the Monster’s 25th anniversary last year, our participation in the 2019 MotoAmerica season with the Monster 797+ is a testament to the practical engineering of a iconic Ducati model,” said Jason Chinnock, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati North America. “The Monster 797+ is often an entry point into the Ducati world, so the fact that it will officially debut in this upcoming race shows that it’s a competitive machine as well, and one that can be enjoyed both on and off the track by motorcyclists of all levels.” Barnes brings 30 years of professional racing experience to this weekend’s race aboard his Monster 797. He recently won the 2016 Daytona 200.

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Italian motorcycle company Ducati has long been known for its racing superbikes, but in recent years it has expanded its product line, adding entry-level motorcycles such as the Monster 797, the retro-inspired Scrambler, cruisers and off-road dirt bikes to attract a wider range of motorcyclists.

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