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Ducati Island Returning to Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Ducati Island is back with a new layout for the 2011 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Aug. 26-28.
Located between turns two and three of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit, the Ducati Island offers a number of attractions including Ducati fashion shows and technical demonstrations from the Ducati Service team and Öhlins representatives.
Visitors will also have the chance to win the opportunity to watch the MotoGP race from the Ducati Corse garage.
Other highlights include silent auction benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a Ducati Monster customization competition and an exhibition of custom Ducati motorcycles.
The Ducati Island is open to all comers, but Ducati owners will have access to benefits including a gear check and access to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area. Those who purchase a Ducati Ticket Package to the Indianapolis Grand Prix will also get preferred parking for their Ducatis at the Island and access to the Ducati Grandstand.
The Ducati Island at Laguna Seca [Video]
DUCATI ISLAND RETURNS TO THE INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX
Ducati Island will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a fresh new layout and more attractions than ever.
Cupertino, Calif. (22 August 2011) – Nestled between turns two and three at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway, Ducati Island is open to all motorcycle enthusiasts and race fans in
attendance. They will be treated to an entertaining blend of technical demonstrations, new
product displays, exhibitions from Ducati partners and the legendary Ducati Fashion Shows.
Enthusiasts that purchased the Ducati Ticket Package will have preferred Ducati motorcycle
parking on the Island and will have the opportunity to watch the race from the Ducati
Grandstand adjacent to Ducati Island. In addition, Ducati owners will receive extra benefits
such as Ducati Gear Check and access to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area.
Attractions and events include:
MotoGP VIP Experience Sweepstakes:
Win the opportunity to watch the MotoGP race from the Ducati Corse Pit Garage! Visitors
of Ducati Island will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a once in a lifetime
experience. The winner will be drawn on Sunday.
Make-A-Wish Silent Auction:
A silent auction will be held on Ducati Island to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nicky
Hayden’s favorite charity. Ducati partners and industry friends, such as Mercedes AMG,
Puma, Oakley and Spider Grips, will team up in donating auction items including Ducati
MotoGP memorabilia that will be autographed by Ducati team riders.
Ducati Fashion Shows
On Saturday and Sunday, the energy and glamour of Ducati Fashion will invade the main
stage of Ducati Island twice a day.
Attendees will be welcomed to join the Ducati Community, an online social media platform
for Ducati enthusiasts. After joining, members will be invited to share pictures and videos of
happenings on the Island in real time via the Ducati Community mobile applications.
The 2011 Monster Challenge, a customization competition between Ducati Monster
owners, culminates at the Indianapolis GP. Finalists from the on-line competition will be
displaying their bikes on Ducati Island and all visitors to the Island are encouraged to stop by
and vote for their favorite. At 1:15pm, prior to the race on Sunday, the winner will be
announced on the Ducati Island main stage.
Ducati Service Area
The Ducati Service team in cooperation with Öhlins factory representatives will be
conducting an entertaining and informative array of technical demonstrations and Q&A
sessions throughout the weekend.
Ducati Performance Exhibition
Ducati Performance representatives will be on hand with a hand full of custom Ducatis on
display to present the many opportunities for customization with state of the art
components from Ducati.
Ducati Owners Hospitality
Ducati Owner Hospitality offers Ducati owners a chance to relax with an espresso,
congregate with friends and watch all of the action on the racetrack via live feed.
On display within the Ducati Owners Hospitality Area, Mercedes–AMG will be on hand with
the 2012 SLS Coupe and 2012 CLS63 as well as a Mercedes–AMG product specialist to
answer questions. Öhlins factory representatives will be joining the Ducati Service team for
the Master Tech Q&A sessions and TAW Performance will be displaying the latest and
greatest from Brembo and Marchesini alongside them.
The latest in Ducati fashion will be available for purchase on the Island, including the new
Ducati Team replica gear.
FOR DUCATI OWNERS ONLY:
Ducati-only Motorcycle Parking
Ducati Owner Hospitality Tent
We look forward to seeing you there! For more information please visit