Mondello Park will bring the sight and sound of a MotoGP machine to the Irish public for the first time during the Bennetts British Superbike Championship races on June 15th-17th.

A 2005 Ducati Desmosedici, with which Loris Capirossi won the Japanese Grand prix at Motegi (pictured), will be on display in the paddock during Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's raceday, and will then perform its historic demonstration run on Sunday afternoon.

For many Irish fans this will be their first and last opportunity to experience the sound and performance of a MotoGP bike from the 990cc era, which concluded at the end of 2006. The only previous laps of the Mondello circuit by grand prix machinery took place behind closed doors.

The opportunity has been made possible by Ducati Coventry, who acquired the bike from Ducati Corse for its owner and self confessed bike nut, Barrie Baxter. The identity of the rider who will take the controls of the Desmosedici for its Mondello Park demo is yet to be decided, but an announcement is expected shortly.

"We're delighted to be able to bring this GP bike over for the Irish fans," said John Hackett, Ducati Coventry team owner. "We genuinely admire the Irish spectators who have always greeted us enthusiastically and made us very welcome. Ireland is such a great place to go racing that we are looking forward to getting the Ducati on track at Mondello for what should be one of our most enthusiastically received demonstrations of the year."