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Registration to Di.Di World Bridgestone Cup 2016 are now open!
Dear friend, after the successful of past editions which took place in Mugello Circuit (2014) and Vallelunga (2015), also for this new year 2016 the no profit organization Di.Di. is working to organize the only race in the world for disabled motorbike riders
Di.Di World Bridgestone Cup 2016 will take place on August 27th and 28th, 2016 by Mugello Circuit (Italy), during the prestigious FMI CUP
Here the program for the week end:
Friday August, 26th – 2 free practice
Saturday August,27th – 2 qualyfing practice
Sunday August, 28th - the race
Two class: 600cc and 1000cc. The race is open for disabled riders who have a good experience on the track. The bike will have to respect the technical conditions of security that you use in your countries to race.
To do the race you need this documents:
- For European riders: National Licence + Start Permission (this is the race code to write in the Start Permission: calendar FIM-Europe with EMN 10/132)
- For extra Europe riders: International Licence + Start Permission (this is the race code to write in the Start Permission: calendar FIM with IMN 191/100)
For all riders: In the Start Permission you have to write the following text (or similar): “We hereby certify that the following rider holds the appropriate license, has international events insurance for personal accident including reparation in accordance with FIM approval standards and is authorised to participate at this meeting”.
For this race, we will apply the coefficient of disability to the final classification, so final results could change. So, we need also your certificate of disability (in Mugello, there will be
also a paralympic doctor to visit every riders, to do a correct coefficient of disability to everybody)
The start will be launched.
Entry fee: 350€ (2 qualyfing practice rounds + race included)
Box: (space for one’s bike in the box) € 80 (from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening) – you can pay in the track, but you have to book
Tires: you have to use Bridgestone tires. You can buy them also in the circuit.
Free practice of Friday will cost 60€ for a turn of 20 minutes (we will have 2 turns for DD riders) – you can pay in the track, but you have to book
Rent Motorcycles: for the race (free practices, qualifying and race) you can rent bike with customer adaptations. Please let us know your needs and we will contact you back with
all the required info
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THE DI.DI. RIDERS CONQUERS VALLELUNGA!
An astonishing success for the 2nd edition of the Dream World Bridgestone Cup who took over not only the spectators who rushed in to watch the World’s only race for disabled riders, but also the experts who were impressed by the determination and courage of these special guys: Daniel Barbero who wins in the 1000 category and Umberto Lisanti in the 600 category.
A warm weekend full of strong emotions at Vallelunga for the many pilots involved in the President's Trophy – IMF Cup: among all the categories, a long waiting (and curiosity) for the Dream World Bridgestone Cup, which is the 2th edition of the international race for drivers with disabilities created by the non-profit organization known as “Di.Di. differently disabled”.
Twenty-two riders at the starting line, with attendance from France, England and New Zealand: many guys eager to compete on equal terms, to compare the technical solutions adopted to ride at its best their bikes, to live a special weekend: for some of them this race was the first approach to jostle for a place, for others it was the only opportunity to compete with other riders with similar physical problems. This is the case of the 4 paraplegics guys, therefore with non-sensibility to the lower limbs, who have conquered Vallelunga: Stephane Paulus from France, Paul Garrett of New Zealand, Talan Skeels - Piggins from England and Maximilian Sontacchi, Italian.
For these super heroes, the Marshalls and pit bosses have been so prodigal the entire weekend to first understand their needs, and then to study an ad hoc starting position, which would allow them to line up on the grid without the help of assistants to support them before the shutdown of the semaphore.
Talan, Max, Paul and Stephane amazed the audience because of their real pilots temper, after all, by looking them in action at the racing track, no one will ever think that they need help to stop in the pits, and that they are forced to stay always on two wheels, not a bike’s, but a wheelchair. Four nationalities, four different languages, but all with the same goal: to give their best.
Every pilot, in his own way, has left its mark this Sunday: the Team "Pirates of MRH45" composed of the French Arnauld Guignebert on a Honda CB500, Benjamin Saglio riding a Ducati Hypermotard 1100 and Marc Bisancon with a Yamaha R6; Franco Ubaldini and Fabio Bitocchi, totally excited, who bought the bike in April expressly to participate in this competition; George and John Quintana Aranciofebo who have few opportunities to get on their bikes because a lack of adequate facilities.
And then, we have the “Di.Di. veterans", who for this event turned out in great shape despite of being first under the checkered flag, taking advantage of the favorable transfer to a circuit known to them: Barbero, Tagliabue, and Raj have addressed to the whole weekend not only with the stopwatch, but also with the calculation of the coefficients of disability (CdD) that are applied experimentally for this race.
Since the morning of this hot Sunday the paddock began to be tinged with blue: many supporters flocked to the event and have worn the Di.Di. Team t-shirts printed with their motto: "Never Give Up" written in several languages, and many curious people who came to the pits for a close look at all the adaptations that each of the pilots had to make to their bikes.
At the opening track for the deployment of the pilots on the grid Alex De Angelis joined in riding an Aprilia RSV4 made available by the Che Moto! Concessionaire from Rome; and Chiara Valentini riding a Honda VFR200F, to make a lap of honor and officially open the competition.
A perfect getaway from all the pilots turned on the stands as well as the comments in the study specifically set up for the live streaming: Giorgio Bungaro, supported by Virginio Ferrari, Annalisa Minetti - godmother of the association, and always in the forefront when it comes to sport and disability - and Alex De Angelis, were the special guests of this live streaming broadcasting that not only has a record number of hits, but has created problems for the too many internet access from all over the world, especially from New Zealand where Paul Garrett is very popular.
Getting the best of the 1000 class, was precisely Daniele Barbero who made a race solo, followed by Tagliabue, who also signed the fastest lap of the race in 1.47.333 and Raj. A fantastic fourth place for Stephane Paulus, making his debut on the Capitoline track, who managed to turn in 1.57.739, a difficult time to catch even for an able-bodied rookie. Following Di Vincenzo, Mariani, Saglio, Serena and Folwer.
In the 600 class, the coefficients disabilities have had the greatest influence on the final standings, accomplices the minors detachments under the checkered flag between competitors: Umberto Lisanti replicates victory, after the last year at Mugello, riding his Kawasaki with a best of 1:54 .328 despite being without the left arm and with a battered right leg. Second place for English Talan - Skeels-Piggins in 1.59.622 surpassing because of the application of the CdD Emiliano Malagoli, wearing two hats both as a rider and organizer of the event. Follow Samantha Palmucci, the only girl in the race; Maximilian Sontacchi and Fabio Bitocchi, in their debut in the race; finishing the challenge we have Aranciofebo, Guignebert and Quintana.
Unfortunately two slips without no consequences, of Pitorri and Ubaldini. While Paul Garrett and Marc Bisancon pulled out of the race due to mechanical problems of their bikes.
"I am excited of how foreign pilots and our new "young blood " have welcomed the invitation to participate in the Dream World Bridgestone Cup. Immediately after the awards they were so anxious to know when would be the next appointment because obviously they want to participate and get ready on time ... a wonderful recognition of months of hard work! says Emiliano Malagoli, President of the Di.Di. association born only two years ago. "I am very happy and I will never stop to thank the many, many people that this weekend made them available to help us realize this dream world: the IMF, the Vallelunga motor racing circuit, the Gentlemen's Motor Club, the The Bike Vallelunga workshop who fielded all his staff and his professionalism to provide mechanical assistance to all. Fisiomet, Agel and Stepa; local entities such as the Bank of Credito Cooperativo di Trevignano and Formello, the restaurants Di Fronte and Marchione, the Principe Bar who organized refreshments for guests and friends all over the weekend. Vircos for the supply of technical clothing, Honda and Che Moto! for providing us with the bike for the victory lap, Maxidrift Team, the Motoclub Scoordinati and all the friends in these three days who have been readily available for the guys despite the unbearable weather. The heat has not deterred even our testimonial Annalisa Minetti and Alex De Angelis who accompanied us for these two days with their smile and availability that distinguish them. And of course thanks to Bridgestone, our main sponsor, without whom none of this would be possible! I have a secret dream for the next year, but I will not reveal it for good luck. Now we will dedicate our time to the issuing of the special AS driving licenses, but I only promise that we will soon work to give an even bigger dream .... "
We now only have to await for news, making for sure that Di.Di. will keep on surprising everybody for 2016!
The DREAM WORLD BRIDGESTONE CUP is the only race in the world reserved to disabled riders
The History> Born in 2014 thanks to the Onlus Di.Di.Diversamente Disabili with the name of "Di.Di.World Bridgestone Cup", it has been a
success from the beginning: a race with no previous examples, where approximately 20 disable riders, on their motorbikes lighted up the audience and the grandstands of one of the most
famous circuits of the world : The Mugello (Italy).
All the drivers with their problems, protesys, and related adaptations lined up alltogether to race and send an important message: disability is not inability, but adaptability. Every single one of them gave a high performance with the strength and the smile of someone who has faced a difficulties in life, coming out of such situations as a winner.
Alan Kemspter, the pilot without right leg and arm, who runs without protesys, did not want to miss such a challenge, flying in from Australia.
It was not just a sport day, but a great event of solidarity, at which many famous testimonials, such as : the MotoGP rider Alex De Angelis, the MotoGP Team Manager and Onorary President of the Onlus Di.Di. itself, Lucio Cecchinello, wanted to take part. Many others partecipated, starting from the World Supersport riders Fabio Massei and Massimo Roccoli, to Dario Marchetti, Responsible of the Ducati Riding Experience instructors who took on the Ducati Panigale for two (rider and passenger) the lucky passengers who came to watch the race. Vip passenger was the blind athlete singer Annalisa Minetti, Godmother of the Onlus Di.Di., who after having enjoyed the curves of the Mugello as a passenger on the powerful two cylinders, treated the guests of the paddock with a concert, giving a pleasant taste of her 2014 tour.
This excellent event was possible, thanks to the effort of all the partners and people who cooperated with donations, to allow a dream not only to those who took part at the event actively but at the audiences on sight.