We’re getting to know the DRE instructors.
We are continuing the series of interviews with the instructors of the Ducati Riding Experience, Ducati’s riding school that has been perfecting the riding techniques of motorcyclists of all levels for 10 years.
Let’s get to know Manuel Poggiali who became a DRE instructor a couple of years ago, fitting in perfectly with the rest of the team. 125 World Champion in 2001 and 250 World Champion in 2003, he returned to racing last year and is competing in the Italian Superbike championship in 2014 with team Barni’s 1199R Panigale.
1) How long have you been a DRE instructor?
I became a DRE instructor at Imola in 2012, mainly thanks to my friend Dario.
2) Why should a motorcyclist, of any level, attend a riding course?
I think that being able to go on track with professional riders and ex-professionals is, for an enthusiast, an incredible present to give yourself as well as a way to improve your connection with the bike thanks to advice from your instructor.
3) DRE has been enjoying success and turning out satisfied pupils for over ten years. What do you think is its winning formula?
I think that fans are fascinated by the organisation and the relationship created between the people and staff members
4) Riders, champions, teachers: what does becoming an instructor mean to a rider like you?
To be honest I really enjoy the days and have fun doing what I love most: being part of a group of people who have a great time together and passing on to the customer the wealth of experience I’ve built up over the years.
5) Tell us a funny story connected to the DRE.
There isn’t one in particular, in that it would be really difficult to choose between them, let’s say that the group of instructors includes some really funny people so sometimes we are laughing even before we start to talk. But it’s also wonderful to be out on track, looking in the mirrors and sizing up a really, really fast customer before realising that he is in fact Troy Bayliss.