Ducati Island at Indy GP

Museum, Monsters and Bocce on the Island

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Aug. 25, 2009
The Ducati Island is returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Aug. 28-30.

Ducati North America is setting up shop between turns one and two of the famous Indianapolis track. The Ducati Island features special exhibits, partner vendors, autograph sessions and a Ducati fashion show.

The Ducati Island is open to all motorcycle enthusiasts, but those with current Ducati registration or proof of insurance and photo ID will get extra hospitality including special parking and gear check.

Ducati owners who park their bikes on Ducati Island or designated parking areas will be entered in the Ducati Island Showdown. At the end of the day Friday and Saturday, select motorcycles will be tagged and entered for Sunday’s Island Showdown. Winners will be announced in five categories, Superbike, air-cooled, vintage, modified and wildcard. One of the category winners will also be named the Motorccylist Magazine best motorcycle of the event. Winners will receive a Ducati Factory Yearbook, a backpack, a $250 gift certificate for Puma, subscriptions to Motorcyclist and Moto Euro magazines, a pair of Oakley Ducati sunglasses and a bag of Pirelli goods. The Motorcyclist Magazine award winner will also receive a set of Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires and a copy of the Pirelli Superbike Annual.

The Ducatisti showed their pride at the 2008 Indianapolis Grand Prix.MotoGP racers Nicky Hayden, Miko Kallio and Niccolo Canepa will be signing autographs at the Island.

New for 2009 is the Ducati Museum, a 1,000 square foot display of Ducati history featuring a selection of street and race machines.

Also new is a display featuring the Ducati Monster. The Ducati Monster Experience features custom bikes including an Indy-themed Monster 1100.

The Ducati Island will also host a silent auction benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation. Auction items include a Desmosedici RR tail section signed by Nicky Hayden, a Hayden-autographed snowboard and Ducati MotoGP apparel.

The Foremost Pegram Racing team will be at the Island with its AMA race-winning Superbikes and the 1098R Troy Bayliss Edition.

And for a taste of Italian culture, the Island will host the Ducati Bocce ball court. The Italian Heritage Society of Indiana’s Bocce League will be present to teach people how to play the sport.