Crete 2015

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Snapshots of Yosemite & Tahoe… a great roadtrip!

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A weekend in Dorset…

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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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