WSBK Ducati Launch

Calvin Kim
by Calvin Kim
This in from overseas correspondant Yossef Schvetz:

If anybody needed proof that superbike racing is headed for big times, the official Ducati Corse 2001 WSBK Launch supplied it. With a full on theatrical performance at Milano's Smeraldo Theater, which included an ex-beauty queen presenter (more on her later), the 2001 Ducati Corse riders and bikes were presented to the world press.

Ducati is expecting some big results for 2001. After the disastrous beginning of the 2000 season, that included Foggy's crash, hystericalworks riders changes, the season was salvaged by a not so well documented Manufacturers World championship.

Troy Bayliss, Ruben Xaus and "friend".This years Works riders will be Troy Bayliss, World Supersport refugee Ruben Xaus and the one and only B.B., Ben Bostrom. Ben seemed veryrelaxed before the launch, chatting with dozens of Ducati "tiffossi" (fans in italian) outside the theater and posing on their Monstros and888's.

Ben's connections with the lingerie fashion world must have led to the recruitment of yet another lingerie model to the Ducati Corse team. Miss Veronica Sigari, ex Miss Argentina and a lingerie model of the large caliber will report through Ducati's web cameras from the paddock during the 2001 season races.

Ducati's press release was quick to point that the lady does not believe in dieting, so expect some great curves and esses on your monitor. By the way, Ben will be on full Works machinery but sponsored by L&M cigarettes, Troy and Ruben will run under the old Infostrada colors.

Ben BostromAll three riders will ride on "Teststretta" engined bikes, the rest of the world will be able to purchase Ducati's new 175 BHP wonder from December 2001 on.

Biggest bombshell for american readers was not presenter related though.

After negotiations with John Koscinsky failed due to some financial disagreements, none other than Aaron Slight will take Johnny Boy's vacant saddle. The 2001 AMA SBK season is going to be talent laden and scorching hot.

See our previous news post for more information.

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