Let’s get to know the DRE instructors better.
We are continuing the series of interviews with the instructors of the Ducati Riding Experience, Ducati’s riding school which has been perfecting the riding techniques of motorcyclists of all levels for 10 years.
Today we are interviewing Alessandro Valia, who has ten years’ experience as a Riding Instructor. In the course of his career he was Italian Superstock 1000 Champion in 2002 on a Ducati 998, took part in the Superbike World Championship in 2002, again on a Ducati, and won the Alpe Adria Cup on a Ducati 749R in 2001 and 2002.
1) How long have you been a DRE instructor?
I started with the DRE in 2002, then from 2006 to 2010 I had a break at a different school, and finally I came back to my first love for good in 2011.
2) Why should a motorcyclist, of any level, go on a riding course?
Every motorcyclist, regardless of his level, should attend a course in order to learn and internalise the basic techniques of bike riding, so as to increase both his riding pleasure and his own safety margins.
3) For more than 10 years the DRE has been reaping rewards and “turning out” satisfied students. What do you think is the winning formula?
In my opinion, a day at the DRE is every motorcyclist’s dream. It’s not by chance that the formula is unique as it’s made up of the thrill of riding a Ducati on the most beautiful racetracks in the world, following the tuition of qualified instructors, and picking up the “secrets” of Real Champions!
4) Riders, champions, teachers: what does it mean for a rider like you to be an instructor too?
The rider is always governed by the clock, but as a teacher my number one goal is safety, therefore I try to pass on to my students the experience I’ve gained over 25 years of races and more than 10 years as an instructor, to ensure they have full control of the bike in any situation..
5) Tell us a funny story connected to the DRE.
There are so many of them… one happy memory is about a DRE in 2004 where I had two South American brothers as pupils. All of their family, the typical patriarchal family, were at the pit wall, constantly cheering them, and after each session they would ask me which of the two of them had won. It was really wonderful when at the end of the day their grandmother shook my hand and invited me to eat at their home, in Colombia!