2008 Ducati Superbike Concorso. In 2008, each round is a stand alone shootout. With new rules, new classes and more prizes, this year each of 5 rounds produces a winner of a trip for two to Italy. It's a Ducatisti trip of a lifetime to the Milan motorcycle show and the Ducati factory and with prizes this good they came from far and wide, Maine, Kansas City, Colorado, all for a shot at the trip and prizes. Join us for this years challenge. Photos by Vicki Smith and Steve Leukenech. Story by Vicki Smith
For 2008, all five rounds have a Grand Prize up for grabs—a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy where you will visit the Ducati factory and the Milan Motorcycle show as VIP guests. In addition, there are six possible runner up prizes at each of the five rounds awarded across a variety of categories. To put it simply, Ducati Superbike owners have five chances to win the following:
GRAND PRIZE (Best Overall Superbike):
Trip for 2 to 11/2008 Milan Motorcycle Show including airfare, hotel and VIP Ducati factory tour
RUNNER UP PRIZES:
Taglioni Award (Competition Superbikes)—$500 Ducati Performance Gift Certificate
Cook Neilson Award (Pre-1988 Superbikes)—$500 Ducati Performance Gift Certificate
Troy Bayliss Award (1988-2007 Superbikes)—$500 Ducati Performance Gift Certificate
Casey Stoner Award (2007-2008 Superbikes and Desmosedici RR)—$500 Ducati Performance Gift Certificate
Ducati "Bella" Award (external beauty)—$500 Ducati Performance Gift Certificate
Ducati Passion Award (must be ridden in, miles will be considered)—$500 Ducati Performance Gift Certificate
They started rolling in to Ducati Island on Wednesday. By Friday morning the tent was full and the contest was on....
Each bike is photographed for those following the contest. Here Steve Terbrueggen get's his beautiful 2002 998r documented.
Jim Wilde and John Avelluto. Co winners of the Ducati Passion award
That's John Avelluto's 2005 999, all clean and fresh off the 1600 mile Iron Butt from Kansas City to Daytona through temps as low as 17 degrees. Here's his bike card:
1 of 31 yellow 2005 999's imported in 05. This one was treated to what should have been done from the factory. All of the components that were once silver or gray are now blacked out, by methods that are factory correct. Also there are painted number boards and tri-color stripes that represent the colors of the Italian flag, birth place of this beautiful machine. Every square mm of this motorcycle has been gone over. Most of the work was carried out personally even though I am not a m/c shop owner or a high performance parts vendor/dealer, just a pizza man with a great passion for Ducati! and I feel like this shows. This machine is ridden daily and was rode here to Daytona from Kansas City non stop for this event.
Jim Wilde is the other half of the Iron Butt Team. Jim's 2007 1098 has over 16,000 miles on it, quite a way down from the 50k a year he routinely clocked on his ST4s Here is his bike card: I enjoy Track days so most of the modifications are toward that end.Ceramic coated full Termignoni system with race evo ECU and performance air cleaner,Euro Racing throttle, Woodcraft clutch cover,Speedymoto frame sliders, R&G axle sliders, R&G fender eliminator. I ride my 1098 daily, and rode an Iron Butt Saddlesore 1,000 to Daytona for this event. I will have over 15,000 miles on the clock by show time. I have ridden my 1098 from the top of Pikes Peak to Daytona. Yes you can tour with a Superbike.
Joe Lott brought this well presented race bike all the way from Colorado. Here is the info on his bike info card:
This bike started life as a stock 748 off the show room floor purchased by my brother-in-law bought it. Then he wrecked it, I got it and raced it and over time transformed it into what it is today. A sexy 996 superbike that is the true love of my life. (Just ask my wife!) Built for performance first and looks second, equipment includes:Magnesium swingarm w/Billit corse flat link, magnesium Marchesini 16.5 wheels, Brembo 4 piston race calipers, Brembo radial brake/clutch master cylinders, Corse aluminum subframe,Corse crank case breather box w/ Corse carbon fiber tail support, Arrow 54mm full titanium exhaust- Ohlins adjustable race rear shock, Ohlins road & track front forks w/suberbike internals, Ohlins adjustable steering stablizer, suspension work set up by Stig Peterson, Ducati Corse carbon fiber body work, Ducati Corse 3 pc. oversized carbon fiber air box- Ducati Corse front fairing stay w/Corse tach SN#4- Ducati Corse carbon fiber front fender,Fuel cell carbon fiber tank, Gilles full adjustable rear sets, STM 520 quick change sprockets w/titanium bolts, STM 48 tooth SBK slipper clutch, STM clutch slave cylinder, STM light weight adjustable pullies, STM crank case 35` breather, twin air filter, vented clutch housing & case cover, carbon fiber swingarm & chain protector, Ducati Corse oversized oil cooler. Motor work by Fox Performance Engines includes: Lightened & polished crank, SPS cams, Corillo rods, Lightened fly wheel, High compression pistons and makes 138 horse power. The majority of all stock parts have been replaced w/ Ducati Corse Performance parts.
Andrew Steadman's beautiful and classic 888
The 888 SPO was a US model only, built by Ducati for homolagation purposes in order to compete in AMA Superbike. This one is regulary ridden.