Ducati Club Races, Assen, 24th to 26th May 2019.
This was our fifth visit to the Ducati Club Races held at the Assen circuit. The last time we attended this event was in 2016 when the Britten Motorcycle Team came over from New Zealand with two of their V1000 race machines. That was a sight and sound we’ll never forget. See: https://britten.co.nz/
Organised by the Ducati Owners Club Netherland, this event is the second largest gathering of Ducati riders in Europe. The biggest is the factory sponsored World Ducati Week in Italy. Our interest in this event originally came about because there were usually Buell and latterly EBR motorcycles taking part in the races. Hundreds of mostly V-twin motorcycles both on and off track combine with a great atmosphere to help make it a superb enthusiast’s event.
Unfortunately, this year there wasn’t a single Buell or EBR on the starting grid. In fact, we only saw two Buells, an S3 and an XB12S, during our 562-mile four-day trip. Being both Buell/EBR and Italian motorcycle enthusiasts does have its advantages though, in the absence of one brand there’s always plenty of other machines there to interest us.
The good weather on Sunday helped to boost attendance considerably with many riders from Germany visiting for the day. There must have been just about every example of model ever made by the Bologna factory in the public motorcycle park and paddock. The classic motorcycle display was very good.
Ducati Owners Club Netherland have over 4,000 members and hold regional events around the country during the main riding season. Their Club Races event, which is usually held over the last weekend in May, is well organised and at 15 Euro for a weekend ticket, very good value.