Ducati and Shell Lubricants India joined forces to hold India’s inaugural Ducati Riders’ Day at the Buddh International Circuit last weekend. The event had several highlights, the most noteworthy being the visit of Ducati MotoGP rider and race winner, Andrea Dovizioso. The event also featured training sessions by DRE-certified coaches, as well as open track sessions. Overall, more than 100 riders let their machines loose on the racetrack including multiple Panigale V4s and even India’s only two Panigale V4 Rs. Ducati India also used the opportunity to announce its professional rider lineup for the 2019 season.

Here’s the official statement from Ducati India:

New Delhi, 29 September 2019 – Celebrating their long-standing technical partnership, Shell Lubricants and Ducati today, organised the first edition of Shell Ducati Riders’ Day, a thrilling experience for India’s passionate rider community. This came as the latest endeavour by the two brands to commemorate riders’ passion and establish a stronger connect with their customers.

The event saw Ducati create unmatched riding experiences with over 100 Ducati riders. Ducati DRE-Certified trainers provided exclusive training to participants for the Ducati Road Academy to improve riders’ skills, thereby ensuring safe riding. This was followed by the Ducati Open Track Day which provided all Ducati superbike owners, excluding the Scrambler range, an opportunity to ride on the track.

The event also witnessed Ducati India unveil its official riding team for the 2019 competitive season with Rajini Krishnan, the renowned multiple national and international championship winner, one of the brightest and youngest talent Dilip Lalwani, and India’s only liter-class female rider Neharika Yadav. Additionally, Aakash Rajshakha and Bhumik Lalwani were also named as the official pilots for the North Star Automotive Ducati’s dealer partner team.

With over 500 attendees, the event came as the final leg of Shell Lubricants India’s flagship ‘MotoSport Promo Campaign’. It also saw the company celebrate the culmination of its unique limited-edition Advance promo pack series with attractive packaging and unlimited surprise prizes. Over 25 lucky Shell Advance consumers got a chance to attend the event. Facilitated by Shell Lubricants, top-class MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso also made his first ever appearance in India at the event. Dovizioso spoke about his experiences with Ducati on intensely competitive tracks and the crucial role played by engine oils in maintaining a bike’s
health. He further highlighted how Shell Advance Oils provide protection even in the most adverse conditions, thus providing riders the courage to ‘Outride Anything’.