Published on July 10th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
The “Globetrotter 90” Sets Off On Its World Tour to Celebrate Ducati’s 90th Birthday
The success of World Ducati Week 2016, with 81,000 in attendance and the vast echo it generated throughout the world, was a very special birthday “gift” for Ducati. And just a few hours after returning home from Misano on July 4, the Ducati community celebrated the exact day when Ducati was formed 90 years ago in 1926.
Wearing red t-shirts dedicated to the company’s 90 years, all Ducati employees celebrated with the symbolic cutting of a cake, to then send-off the first “Globetrotter 90” torch-bearer.
The Globetrotter 90 is a trip around the world for seven motorcyclists who were selected from over 3,000 applications. They are ready to take turns riding the Multistrada 1200 Enduro to traverse the 30,000 kilometres of this great journey that will retrace the streets and places where the most important pages of the first ninety years of Ducati history have been written.
The first Globetrotter is Vir Nakai, a 37-year-old from India who is a highly experienced rider and traveller; he was passed the torch directly by CEO Claudio Domenicali, to then set off from via Cavalieri Ducati in the direction of Moscow, where on 29 July he will pass the baton to the second of the seven travellers. The torch is also meant to be the symbol of Ducati passion, ready to cross the five continents and bring a positive and enthusiastic message.
To send-off the first rider/torch-bearer in Borgo Panigale, an impressive 160 representatives from DOCs – Desmo Owners Clubs – participated, coming from 40 nations. Obviously the DOCs arrived on their bikes directly from Misano Adriatico (RN) as “veterans” of the great WDW2016 Ducati gathering, which was held from 1 to 3 July.