Ducati UK has today released details of the revised 2002 Monster S4 Challenge. The series has now been consolidated into a six round championship taking in some of the UK's top circuits.

The Challenge will continue to be a part of the British Superbike Championship and run as a single make series where all participants are on equal machinery provided and maintained by Ducati.

The overall series winner will participate in a test with the HM Plant Ducati World Superbike team prior to the start of the 2003 WSB season. He or she will ride a Ducati race-bike during the test beside the HM Plant / GSE riders including Neil Hodgson. The test is likely to take place abroad and the winner will ride either a 998RS or 748RS race-bike prepared by GSE.

Ducati UK has simplified the Challenge entry criteria and associated costs. The available options are now as follows:

Option 1: Entry in all Championship rounds and ownership of one of the Monster S4 race-bikes used in the series at the end of the season. The cost of this option is ?10,000 including VAT.

Option 2: Entry in all Championship rounds with all of the benefits listed below. Cost: ?5,000 inc. VAT.

Option 3: Entry in 3 rounds of the series benefits as below, subject to availability. Cost is ?3,000 inc. VAT.

The revised calendar is as follows:

May 4-6, Oulton Park
June 1-3, Snetterton
August 9-11, Thruxton
August 24-26, Cadwell Park
August 30 - September 1, Oulton Park
September 27-29, Donington Park

Entrants in the series receive a fantastic support package that includes the following benefits:

- Prize money at each round - winner ?250, 2nd - ?150, 3rd ?100.
- Use of a race specification Monster S4 prepared by GSE Racing.
- BRDC / BMP entry & insurance fees paid
- Event passes
- Access to Ducati UK race control centre / rider hospitality area
- Access to specially priced Ducati Performance clothing packages
- Full local / national media coverage
- Regularly updated rider profiles for press / sponsor PR purposes
- Full coverage of events and rider profile details on http:www.ducatiuk.com
- Tyres
- Fuel & oil
- Maintenance
- Repairs
- Racebike transportation

Piero Guidi, Managing Director of Ducati UK commented: "I am confident that the revisions we have made to the Monster S4 Challenge entry requirements and calendar will ensure that we will have a fantastic series that will result in close, exciting racing. The S4 Challenge has been my dream and is a major initiative for us and we are determined to provide a fantastic experience for participants and spectators alike."

The series is open to holders of ACU Clubman and first year National licenses. Consideration will also be given to holders of National licenses for more than one year that have limited National class experience.



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