A staff of champions

The DRE boasts an extremely high level group of instructors, ready to use their ability and talent to assist the students. From legendary world champions to instructors specialised in safe riding courses, you will work with only expert, qualified instructors on every course.

Dario Marchetti

Technical Director and Chief Instructor

A very experienced rider who has triumphed in various races and national/international championships, he has raced across all categories, including 250GP, 500GP, Superbike, Endurance. He won the Daytona Battle of the Twins with Ducati in 2004 before repeating the feat, again with Ducati, in both 2006 and 2007

Carlos Checa

A very high calibre rider, he has competed in all categories from MotoGP to Superbike. He played a starring role in the MotoGP world championship for many years, also racing with the Ducati Desmosedici in 2005. Checa then moved to the Superbike world championship, winning the title in 2011 with the Ducati 1198.

Alessandro Valia

With ten years of experience as an instructor, he was Italian Superstock 1000 champion in 2002 with the Ducati 998. He competed in the SBK World Championship in 2002, again with Ducati, and won the Alpe Adria Cup in 2001 and 2002. Winner of the Ducati Desmo Challenge in 2009 and 2010, in 2015 he won the National Trophy with the Ducati 1299S. he has been an official Ducati test rider for production bikes since 2007.

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Michele Pirro

He has raced in the world 125, Supersport, Moto2 and MotoGP championships, winning the Valencia GP in 2011 with the Moto2. He has been the official Ducati Corse test rider for MotoGP since 2013 and takes part in various MotoGP races as a wildcard. In 2015 he won the Italian Superbike championship with team Barni’s Panigale R, he competed in World Superbike race with the Panigale R of the Aruba Ducati team and participated in several MotoGP races with the Ducati Test Team’s Desmosedici. In 2017, as well as continuing in the role of official Ducati Corse test rider for MotoGP, he will also be a wildcard entry in some GP races and will again compete in the Italian SBK championship with the Panigale R.

Manuel Poggiali

The 125 world champion in 2001 and 250 world champion in 2003, Manuel is now an instructor, passing his knowledge onto participants in the DRE track courses. He returned to racing in 2013, competing in the Italian Superbike championship, first with the Panigale 1199R of team Grandi Corse and then with that of team Barni.

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Andrew Pitt

The Australian rider has raced in the Superbike World Championship and in MotoGP. He has won two Supersport world championships, in 2001 and 2008.

Gianmaria Liverani

Italian champion on several occasions, he has raced in World 500 GP, World Superbike and World Endurance. Gianmaria is a cornerstone of the DRE and has used his kindness and professionalism to help generations of bikers to improve their on-track performance.

Giancarlo de Matteis

A 5-time national champion, he has competed in World Superbike and World Endurance. In 2007 he won the Daytona 500 km.

Yani Todisco

French champion on several occasions, in 2015 he won the Protwin with the Panigale R of team Ducati Marsiglia. In 2017, as well as participating in the Protwin championship, he will also compete in the French Superbike championship with the Panigale

Franco Battaini

He has raced in the 250 world championship, winning the IRTA Cup, the prize for the best privateer, on four occasions. He was Ducati MotoGP test rider until 2014 and is currently one of the riders of the Ducati Two-Seater.

Lorenzo Zanetti

He has competed in the Superstock, Superbike and Supersport world championships, winning at Monza and Imola. In 2017, he will race in the Italian CIV Superbike series with the Panigale of team Mauri Motocorse.

Luca Scassa

3-time Italian champion, he has raced in World Superbike, World Supersport, AMA and BSB. He is a test rider for the Superbike development team.

Other DRE Racetrack Instructors

Luca Bono, Matteo Colombo,  Roberto Hueber, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Daniele Morigi, Gianfranco Pisetta, Riccardo Ricci, Fabrizio Rivellini, Roberto Rozza, Simone Suzzi.

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