The much-talked-about Ducati event finally took place from July 22-24 at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Misano, Italy.
This year the theme for WDW 2022 was “Lets Ride as One” uniting everyone passionate about two wheels under one roof.
This 11th edition of the bi-yearly event attracted more than 80,000 visitors from 84 countries.
Yours truly was there under the invitation of Ducati Malaysia.
WDW 2022 kicked off on a Friday evening with thousands of Ducati bikes taking part in the biggest WDW parade.
The bikes were flagged off from the Misano circuit and paraded till Riccione.
The fun did not stop there at The Bagno Samsara Beach as the Scrambler party went full steam with popular Italian DJ and producer Benny Benassi on deck.
The Ducati beach party was perfect for the summer night where fans danced the night away.
WDW 2022 offered guests three days filled with exciting activities such as exhibitions, track sessions, riding experiences, taxi drives in Audis and Lamborghinis, stunt shows and meetings with Ducati riders.
This year the summer heat was the hottest compared to previous years.
It was reported that the summer heat was between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius.
Yeah, it was hot, and Malaysia felt like a cold country in comparison.
My favourite event during the three days was the Race of Champions.
This awesome race saw the MotoGP, World Superbike and World Supersport Ducati riders compete against each other on the track.
It was simply mind-blowing to see the riders taking this race seriously even though it was like an exhibition race.
Despite the heat, the riders gave what the spectators expected.
Some 21 Ducati riders competing in the MotoGP, Superbike and Supersport championships, took part in the race on Panigale V4 and Panigale V2 bikes in a double-category competition with two winners.
The winner of the Lenovo Race of Champions was Pecco Bagnaia.
Meanwhile, the winner of the V2 category was the Italian rider Federico Caricasulo.
World Ducati Week is not all about the track performance only.
In fact, sessions on the track and test rides on the road were accompanied by an Adventure area dedicated to all off-road lovers.
I had the opportunity to ride the Ducati DesertX and the Scrambler Desert Sled on the off-road track.
Besides riding opportunities for the public, Danilo Antoine Meo, the French enduro rider and five-time world champion from 2010 to 2013 and 2015, shared his experience riding the DesertX in the Ducati Talks with meet and greet sessions.
He also showcased his off-road skills on the DesertX by going through few obstacles.
The WDW 2022 also hosted the first official meeting for Ducati Multistrada riders from all over the world.
In the Multistrada tent, there were many activities designed to illustrate the history and the technology of MTS.
Every MTS owner who attended this meet walked away with an exclusive Ducati Multistrada holographic sticker not available anywhere in the world.
In conclusion, World Ducati Week 2022 is a not-to-be-missed event that unveils the Ducati brand’s true passion, emotion and fun.