One down…

(… but many more SBK Rounds to come!)

Had a blast at Phillip Island, catching up with old friends and making new ones, and it was as hard as ever to head back home yesterday – I’ve got to make more holiday time over there next year as two days didn’t exactly cut it… After a busy opening race weekend, we fitted in a quick trip to Mt Dandenong Villages just outside Melbourne and it was absolutely beautiful of course, just a pity there wasn’t much sun!

And now the countdown to round 2 begins – only 12 days and we’ll be back up and out to Thailand… #ducatilife #SBK2015

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All set for take off!

My bags are packed once more and we’re almost ready to head Down Under for Round 1 of the World Superbikes!

Despite the usual sense of foreboding ahead of the interminable flight – not helped by the fact we’re flying through Friday 13th and Valentine’s Day (!) – I cannot wait to be back in Australia, my absolute favourite place to be.

I’m ready to get going with what is my fourth ‘new’ Ducati team since starting out at the tracks in 2008 and it’s looking like we might be in for a very exciting season. I’m really pleased to be able to work with both Chaz and Davide once again, both great guys, both great talents. It’ll be very interesting to see how Round 1 pans out, giving us a much clearer idea of how we’re placed with respect to our rivals. Aside from the racing, as ever the opening round also involves a lot of photo shoots, filming sessions and interviews – hope the boys are well rested and have shaken off the jet-lag before we get started. I’ll be struggling as we don’t arrive till late Saturday night and there are events planned already for Sunday morning – will be needing bucket-loads of caffeine to make it through what’ll be a loooong day no doubt!

Right guys, time to sign off but I’ll be back over the next days with an Island update. Just Bologna-Venice-Qatar-Melbourne to deal with first – needless to say the Stilnox are packed!

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(haha, talk about little and large!)

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Countdown!

So the presentation of our new Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team went ahead successfully on 2 February. If you haven’t seen it yet then head to http://www.arubaracing.it to watch the video of the event! We enjoyed a great turn out, with media and sponsors keen to get a closer look at the 2015 bikes as well as meet with members of the team.

It’s been a very busy period as the bikes only returned from the tests in Jerez a couple of days before the presentation so last weekend was spent applying the new bike graphics and then carrying out the various photo and video shoots in order to have all the material we needed ready for presentation day. The bikes are now being loaded into the crates along with the rest of the team’s equipment and will be transported Down-Under so that when we all arrive in Australia on 13th everything will be there waiting for us at the track.

We have a final chance for testing on 16th and 17th at Phillip Island and then a couple of days later we’ll be set to start the first race weekend of the 2015 season… It feels like we’re starting sooner than ever for some reason this year, as it seems like Christmas is only just behind us and now we leave for Oz already next week!

I’m really looking forward to getting back to the tracks, and some Australian sunshine won’t hurt either! Just the interminable flight to deal with first – not my favourite part of the racing season as you know – but at least I’m well prepared with my sleeping pills :-)

-18 days to race day!!

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Racing on…

Well we’ve made the official announcement re our new-look Superbike team this afternoon, the “Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team” is born (if you want to see more check out the release at: http://www.ducati.com) and now we’re set for a few hectic weeks of testing and preparations before heading Down Under – in just a little over a month (!) – for round 1 of the 2015 championship. There’s so much to do during the so-called ‘off-season’ – away from the tracks we’ll be backstage, busy preparing websites, photo shoots, press kits, graphics, team clothing as well as making all the arrangements, logistical and otherwise, for the first events of the new season. Throw in three more international test sessions before the Australian races and it’s definitely looking like we’re in for a non-stop ride but isn’t that exactly what racing’s all about…? Stay tuned as the speed begins to pick up once more…. @ducatigirl78 @arubaracing @ducatimotor

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Happy New Year everyone…!

Well we’ve reached the end of another year, and while it’s not been a particularly special one I guess I’ve not got anything to complain about either. I’ve racked up countless miles while travelling the globe for SBK races (as well as consuming a lot of medication in order to face the endless flying!), countless words have been written and translated and I’ve met countless people around the world, both new faces and old friends. I’m not really one for making resolutions for the upcoming year but I will, as ever, be doing as much as I can to develop – both work-wise and personally speaking. Depending on cash-flow (!), I’m still planning to undertake another Masters, most likely in Marketing, as well as increasing my translation reach. There’s a lot I’d like to do to improve my health – no excuses really now that we have a home gym, though the food and drink of Emilia Romagna doesn’t exactly help matters! I’d also like to see more of the family too, though it’s not easy with the hectic schedule…

Anyway, almost midnight, time to open a bottle… I hope everyone has a great night and I wish you all a peaceful and positive start to 2015 – see you all very soon!

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Planning ahead…

The new year starts now! Now that we have a 2015 SBK calendar, albeit a provisional one with several rounds to be confirmed, it’s officially all systems go as far as prepping for my tenth year with Ducati (and eighth with the SBK team, how time flies)!

The boys have recently completed phase one of testing, in Aragon, and as winter tests go it proved to be a very positive one; even the weather more or less behaved, unlike last winter where every Spanish test seemed to coincide with torrential rain. Next week the team will be in Jerez and although I don’t normally attend testing I’ll be there too. After that there’s a bit of a ‘break’, by which I simply mean ‘time away from the track’ and not ‘time away from work’, although I’m hoping we can take a few days off to enjoy Christmas with family and friends. I will, as ever, be dividing my time between home here in Italy and my parents’ home in the UK – any excuse to celebrate Christmas twice really :-)

Before then I’m making a head start on compiling all the various documents and bios regarding next season’s teams and riders across the various SBK, Stock and national championships – always takes longer than I think so the sooner I start, the better!

Continuing our organised approach to 2015, I can tell you that flights have already been booked for Round 1 at Phillip Island with a couple of days added on to spend in the beautiful city of Melbourne and then it won’t be long before we’re on our way to Thailand for the first time – I’m definitely looking forward to that one, just have to get through a freezing Italian winter first…

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Doha by Day…

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