DesmoSport Ducati is proud to release our indigenous livery ahead of the fourth round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) next weekend. Designed by Gold Coast based artist and performer, Luther Cora, the artwork on the DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4 R brings together elements of the Yugambeh Language Region, now known as the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads.
Team co-owner, Ben Henry: “When the opportunity came up to run an indigenous themed livery on the bike, it wasn’t even a question for Troy and I, but we really wanted to have something that connected back to the team and represented where we are based. We met Luther through the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre just down the road from us here in Burleigh Heads, and straight away he had some ideas of how to bring some of the stories of the Yugambeh Language Region to life on the Panigale V4 R.”
Luther Cora: “I’m happy that the team wanted to represent our area in this way and to have my artwork on the bike. Australian Aboriginal culture is the oldest living culture in the world, over 60,000 years old and it’s not just Aboriginal culture, it’s Australian culture, it belongs to each and every one of us. All the songs, the stories, the designs, it belongs to every Australian and it’s something for us all to embrace and be proud of together. The design that I’ve done here, the dots represent coming together. The area where the Gold Coast airport sits was a big meeting ground where many tribes would come together. The design towards the bottom represents the salt water, the rivers and waterways. There’s 5 rivers in this area that are important to our family groups, the Yugambeh Language group, from the Tweed River to the Logan River and out to the Beaudesert area. On top of the bike is our totem, the eagle, named Mibin. He’s very important to our family, like a brother to us. Together, this really represents my family, and represents the Gold Coast area.”
Bryan Staring: “Although I’m back living in Western Australia, I lived on the Gold Coast for quite a while, so I’m proud to be riding a bike in Darwin that tells some of the story of the Yugambeh Language group, the original owners and caretakers of the Gold Coast area. Learning about the importance of the waterways, the traditional meeting places and of Mibin, the eagle, has been really interesting, and I hope at the very least, our bike helps more people learn these stories and more. Luther is passionate about his heritage and the way he talks about culture and ancestors is inspiring.”