International Dealer News IDN 143 June/July 2018 - Page 16

news ROOM Braktec sponsors 2018 FIM Trial World Championship Gavà, Barcelona based J.Juan Group, the Spanish brake and clutch manufacturer, has announced that it will support the TrialGP series this year after signing a sponsorship agreement for its specialty Braktec division to become an official partner of this year’s FIM World Championship. “Braktec components are synonymous with Trials discipline as it is OEM equipment for several of the leading Trials bike manufacturers and is used by many of the world’s best riders, including Toni Bou and Adam Raga. “The off-road brand of J.Juan Group has always supported the Trials world, but this year we wanted to go to another level, and being an official partner shows the commitment the brand has to this hard and technical discipline”. Juan Ceprian, Braktec’s Director, said: Photo Credit: TrialGP / Pep Segalés “For us it’s a very important step forward. We believe seriously in Trial, and we are present in the World Championship since 2012 with our brake and clutch systems. This year we have great plans, and I think that at TrialGP Japan (June 1-3 at the iconic Twin Ring Motegi circuit), Braktec will surprise everybody with the presentation of an amazing new Trial caliper.” The 2018 TrialGP series got underway in May with TrialGP Spain being the opening event of the new season and after Japan heads to Portugal, France, Belgium, the UK and Italy, with the series reaching a crescendo with its 8th round - the 2018 Trial Des Nations - at Sokolov in the Czech Republic (near the German border, September 21-23) where Bou and Raga will be looking to repeat their 2107 first and second places in Spain. Ducati Flagship Store Ducati has opened a new store in Madrid, the biggest in Spain, with an indoor surface area of 1,600 sqm, dedicated exclusively to the world of Bologna-built bikes. “This latest focal point for ‘Ducatisti’ in the Spanish capital, a true Ducati flagship store, provides a spacious, high- class showcase for the sale of bikes, apparel and accessories and a service and after-sales assistance hub”. Ducati Madrid, located in via Pedro Villar n.8, occupies a prestigious, strategic position that can easily be reached from the city's historic centre. “Within the various areas of the new store, visitors will find the entire Ducati and Ducati Scrambler range, an extensive area for certified pre-owned Ducati bikes and a vast section dedicated to apparel and accessories. “After-sales service is a priority for Ducati Madrid, a fact highlighted by the store's large workshop, which features all the latest technology and equipment to ensure that bikes brought to the store by Madrid- based ‘Ducatisti’ get the best treatment possible. Guests of honour at the opening were Jorge Lorenzo, who arrived at the store on a Panigale V4, flanked by Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, riding a Monster 821. "The opening of the Ducati Store in Madrid represents a big step forward in the process of expanding our network internationally. It also strengthens Ducati's presence in Spain, a key European market, which grew by 28% in 2017”, commented Claudio Domenicali.