Ducati Globetrotter 90°: Round the World Torch Travels from Japan to the USA
Globetrotter 90° achieves its next target: Belgian rider Jessica Leyne, the only woman to take on this trip around the world on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, has now concluded stage three. Having arrived in San Francisco, she has handed the torch to the next Globetrotter, Eduardo Generali. With four stages still to run, the Globetrotter 90° adventure aims to cover a total distance of 30,000 km. This round-the-world trip is a real homage to Ducati and its first 90 years, and one that only 7 riders, chosen from among 3000 candidates, get to experience. With the first Globetrotter having left Bologna on July 4th, the torch now continues from San Francisco with Eduardo Generali. The Brazilian Globetrotter will cover 3900 km in 13 days, to reach Indianapolis, documenting the trip in real time thanks to the Globetrotter torch. The Globetrotter 90° ‘baton,' created by the Ducati Design Centre, is equipped with a video camera that allows the riders to document and share the entire world voyage.
A tremendously successful trip for Jessica Leyne, 27, a math teacher and web designer from West Flanders BE, has completed another adventure on the Japanese islands. On previous trips through Norway and Romania, Slovakia, and Italy, Jessica faced adversity in the forms of a frozen visor, waist-high mud, and even a fractured wrist, but nothing stood in her way. It was no surprise that when Typhoon Malakas smashed into the Japanese archipelago causing floods and wind gusts up to 100 mph, Jessica, even with her small build (just 162 cm tall), bravely continued her journey with the Multistrada 1200 Enduro barely delayed by the typhoon crossing the Land of the Rising Sun.
Jessica left Tokyo on September 17 and immediately took to the roads of Mount Fuji, the volcano that dominates over the city populated by 35 million. From there she made her way south to the city of Kiushi, Japan. There Jessica visited the Hiroaki Iwashita museum, which houses the world’s only remaining prototype of the Ducati Apollo. The Appollo a 1257cc superbike designed in Borgo Panigale was the first to use the now distinctive Ducati 90° L-twin. Jessica then continued her journey, stopping off at a memorable place for Ducati the Motegi racetrack. The Twin Ring was the setting for Ducati’s 2007 MotoGP championship cliche. Australian rider Casey Stoner, having won ten races throughout the course of the championship, finished in sixth place here to score the world title. But that wasn’t all, as the race was won by the other Desmosedici, ridden by Loris Capirossi, an indelible memory for all fans. After Motegi, Jessica also visited another famous racetrack for Ducati, Sugo’s Sportsland. It was here, in 1998, that Carl Fogarty won the deciding race to achieve his third Superbike world title, the seventh for Ducati, in a spectacular final battle against Aaron Slight. Between 1990 and 1998, the red twins also dominated with Raymond Roche and Doug Polen.
Jessica’s trip was packed with emotional experiences, as she recounts. On Kinki island, she saw the famous “Meotoiwa,” or rather the “married couple rocks,” a symbol of love.
The stark contrast between modern Osaka and the forests and white beaches she saw en-route proved to be an evocative one, as was the traditional castle in the center of Chūō-ku city - “An excellent example of how the ancient can live in the modern,” recounted the Globetrotter. “Jess” crossed the Pacific, arriving in San Francisco to meet with Brazilian Eduardo Generali and hand him the bike and torch on October 5th.
Now it’s the turn of Eduardo, A 28-year-old adventure tour guide, and riding instructor. He hails from Itu, in the State of São Paulo in Brazil, and his passion for two wheels was passed on to him by his father. He will travel the roads of the Western United States, from California to Indiana in the Midwest. He will visit legendary race tracks such as Laguna Seca and adventurous routes like Pikes Peak in the Colorado mountains, the setting for the famous “race towards the clouds” that Ducati won on three consecutive occasions from 2011 to 2013. Globetrotter90.Ducati.com