Who among us wouldn’t want to wander the halls at Ducati’s Bologna, Italy offices? Imagine having a key card that would let you go wherever you wanted, so you could tour the factory’s museum and try each and every new Ducati on for size. Want to spin wrenches on some factory Moto GP bikes? Go right ahead, no one is watching you. The only thing cooler would be access to the key safes, so you could actually ride whatever new model you wanted to through the Italian countryside.
Ironically, Nicky Hayden probably has this kind of access every time he’s in Bologna, but it’s still cool to follow him through the empty and hallowed halls of Ducati’s headquarters. It’ll be interesting to see how things shake out in 2011, when Nicky Hayden is partnered with Italy’s own Valentino Rossi on the Ducati Moto GP team. It’s too early to call Hayden the red-headed stepchild, but I don’t think there’s any doubt as to who the top dog will be next year.