Visiting with Ducati Corse - Bologna, Italy!
I'm staying in the Hotel del Borgo, on Borgo Panigale. Coincidentally, the Ducati Factory is right across the street, visible through the trees and buildings on the main street. Coincidence? I think not!
I am putting the final touches on the 2006 MotoGP season, wrapping everything up so to speak. I'm also learning about what my duties will be next year, and my "on the job training" is going well. In the few days I've been here, I have managed to visit the Ducati Museum and also checked out some of the production lines, though not very much. Ducati is filled with a fierce racing spirit. so it's only natural that the high-security offices and raceshop of Ducati Corse are located centrally within the Factory's plant, deep in the heart of one of the larger warehouses, amidst the CNC machines and other large equipment used to create the Ducati streetbikes. Both the Superbike and GP efforts are based here, and it's a tightknit family that works well together. I should point out that Ducati Corse and Ducati are two separate entities, but just about everyone here shares the same mentality and commitment to success, and it seems like they all love racing! I have taken a lot of impressions already, but I don't have time to get into it at the moment. More later, because I need to get to sleep!
Even the sugar packets in the cafeteria go fast - better get yours while you can!