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All the NEWS proudly brought to you by HJC HELMETS Ducati Family Day. Exhaust System Innovator Luigi Termignoni Dies At 75. It was 50 years ago, in 1969, in the town of Predosa, Alessandria, Italy, that Luigi Termignoni would begin to change the history of the motorcycling world forever. Today, Termignoni exhaust systems are most readily associated with Ducati, and for good reason. However, the company has produced top-notch exhaust systems for a wide variety of manufacturers over the years. Luigi Termignoni the man first opened a motorcycle mechanic’s shop that focused on Ducati, Kawasaki, and Honda bikes in 1969. From there, he began to do race prep work on engines, and also began to build specialty parts for four-stroke engines. By 1971, Termignoni had zeroed in on exhaust systems as the niche where he could innovate and make his mark. His very first exhausts, according to company lore, were made completely by hand. Even if you don’t have a bike with a Termignoni exhaust fitted, if you use anything with an aluminum exhaust can, or a full titanium system, you have Luigi Termignoni to thank—no matter what company actually made your specific exhaust. The man and his company have consistently forged new paths forward, exploring what’s possible and making bikes around the world sound better while doing it. Termignoni exhausts are a vital and inextricable part of motorcycle racing in many series. So far, they’ve won 10 MotoGP titles, 16 WSBK titles, 2 Paris-Dakar world titles, and also the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Bikes in MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, WSBK, WSS, SSTK, MX, Enduro, Trials, and Cross-Country Rally series regularly depend on Termignoni exhausts to perform their best. Luigi Termignoni remained president of his company until 2015. His daughter Anna told Radio Gold that in recent years, he dedicated himself to horses of a different sort— the four-legged kind—as well as agriculture. Sadly, he died overnight, between November 17 and 18, 2019, at the age of 75.. Ridgeway Racebar Yamaha R1 winner. Once again the greatest race bar in Africa stepped up to the plate and delivered on another incredible competition and give away. The team at Ridgeway Racebar have been running another one of their famous motorcycle give aways for the last 6 Months and this time the magnificent Yamaha R1 was the first prize. For a measly R350 spent on the day, anyone who came to Ridgeway was allocated one entry into the draw for the litre beast and on Sunday 17 November, the draw for the winner saw over 4500 entries in the box and about 2000 people in attendance, because in order to actually win the bike, the entrant had to physically be at the bar. It couldn’t have been a better day, with our own Brad Binder firstly sending the whole bar best wishes direct via a whatsapp video captured by editor Rob Portman and then Brad going on to finish off his Moto 2 career with the final race victory. After each race finished two of the eventual top ten were drawn, and then after the MotoGP podium the customers and fans present were given a further 40 mins to get their daily bills sorted and some last minute entries into the boxes before they drew the last 6 names. The top ten then were asked to draw (in reverse order of how they were initially drawn) a custom made Wink Promotions Ridgeway Racebar keying with a world famous Yamaha racers number on it. Ranging from #46 to one of his most famous rivals #15 Sete Gibernau. The stanchions were then removed around the R1 and each finalist now had a chance, once again in reverse order of the key ring draw, to step up onto the stage, stick the key into the ignition and turn the R1 on. First contestant stepped up and unfortunately it was not meant to be. Greg Moloney, the MC for the event called up number 2 and looked at his key rings number, #15, and jokingly stated its highly unlikely Gibernau is going to win at the home of the Valentino Rossi Fan Club, but his words had not even finished coming out of his mouth and the dash lit up and the bike turned on. Daryl Hancock, the lucky man who literally roared for about 30 seconds and then climbed over the tank and kissed his new toy. What an awesome feeling and certainly an early Christmas present. Congratulations to our lucky winner and we at RideFast were proud to be associated once more as the media partner. Next year, Grant Bloomfield has said there is something even bigger coming so make sure you get onto FaceBook and Like and Share the Ridgeway Racebar Page and stay tuned for the next evolution of this incredible run of give aways. Ducati SA hosted a family day at Redstar Raceway on Sunday the 17th of November, where Ducati owners were invited to ride their gorgeous Italian machines around the track free of charge. Riders with other makes were also welcomed at the reduced rate of only R550 for the days riding.Five groups were available on the day. The main aim of the day was to support the Kideo Orphanage, which Ducati SA have supported for over 9 years. Riders and spectators alike were encouraged to bring not only gifts for their kids to put under the tree, but also for the kids of the Kideo Orphanage. Over 150 riders attended the event with even more family members, friends and spectators packing RSR to the max - the fullest the track has been in a long time according to those present. The RSR track proved to be the perfect playground for all as the riders got to enjoy the track action while Moms, Dads, Grandparents and all the kids had a blast in the pool and play areas. Hundreds of gifts were piled under the tree for all the kids to enjoy, this brought massive smiles to all their faces and despite there being plenty of beautiful motorcycles for all eyes to enjoy, it was the smiles on the kids faces that stole the show! Apart from the gifts for all the kids, they were also treated to a bit of track action as pillions, many for the first time. The smiles got even bigger and brighter making the entire day a huge success! A big well done to all involved and to Ducati SA for hosting yet another terrific event. They even had their mobile hospitality setup for all to enjoy. The new team at Ducati SA really are working hard and building up the SA motorcycle industry one smile at a time! Pics by Beam Productions. 12 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019 13