You've heard of the "dog days" of summer—those hot, sultry August afternoons when Sirius, the Dog Star, hovers close to the sun. We're looking forward to our own variation, called the "Duc days."
The weather won't be the only thing hot and sultry. Those adjectives will describe the lust-inducing Italian superbikes hovering close to us, instead. On Monday, August 31—just one day after the 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP—we'll be at nearby Putnam Park Road Course in Mount Meridian, Indiana, taking part a Ducati-themed track day sponsored by Ducati Indianapolis and organized by our friends at Sportbike Track Time. Catterson and I crashed Ducati Indy's all-Desmo party last year to prepare our big-bucks 1098 R/Desmosedici shootout, and it was such a good time that we're coming back for more. This year I'll be testing three more special Ducati Superbikes—the 2010 1098 R Troy Bayliss Limited Edition and the Nicky Hayden-Edition 848, as well as Larry Pegram's factory-supported 1098 R AMA race bike! There's still open space available to join us—either as a rider or spectator—and everyone there can take advantage of Ducati hospitality provided by Ducati North America's Hyper Truck, which will also be on the scene. Contact www.indyducati.com or www.sportbiketracktime.com for more details and sign-up information.