Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna wants closer ties with two-time MotoGP champion and test rider Casey Stoner in 2017
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A journey to discover Ducati Corse out of the track, a world of passion, courage and talent. All of this is #RacingSouls.
Professionals, experts and fans who put the soul in what they do and what they believe to achieve one goal: winning together without never giving up.
The first story is about Leonardo, Ducati Corse chassis designer and professional triathlon athlete, a guy who has managed to turn his greatest passion into a career.
Really cool concept. First in a series about the people that make Ducati racing great
If racing defines Ducati than MotoGP is the very definition of the future of the brand and well, lets just say the last couple of years have been tough on the team and it’s fans. Now we are on the eve of a new season and if there ever was a year that could be called a fresh start, this is it.
As a long time industry analyst I would also describe myself as an “armchair quarterback” who like many fans of the brand, generally has some opinion on how best to steer the ship. I am especially happy to report that as far as I am concerned, this direction, the one where they line up great people and get them working as a team, is really exciting to see....
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Ducati announces the appointment of Mr. Luigi Dall’Igna as the new General Manager of Ducati Corse. Having played key roles for many years in both MotoGP and World Superbike championships, 47-year-old Mr. Dall’Igna has acquired significant experience in the world of motor sport. His expertise will enable the Bologna-based manufacturer to increase its focus on the technical aspects of its racing activity, continuing to lay the foundations for a new phase of development and improving its competitive results.
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It's hard to remember darker days for Ducati's racing team than those of last weekend. Ducati MotoGP struggled all weekend at Assen with essentially not a glimmer of hope throughout the Dutch TT. It was hoped that the WSBK's return to Imola--historically a strong track for the Ducati--would be the first really successful weekend for the Alstare Ducati team and the Superbike-spec Panigale. Instead, both Ayrton Badovini and former series champion Carlos Checa struggled in some ways more at Imola than they have at other racetracks.
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Ducati Team to join Scuderia Ferrari for the traditional F1 and MotoGP Press Ski Meeting Riders from Ducati factory-supported Team Pramac also guests at Wrooom
We look forward to Wrooom (pronounced Vroom) because it traditionally includes the unveiling of the team's new look and colors as well as the media's chance to speak to the riders now all officially under contract to Ducati (most contracts end on Dec.31 and preclude the riders from commenting on anything relating to "next years job" if it's with a different manufacturer)
According to Italian website Moto.it, things in the Valencia Ducati Corse box are tense this weekend because much Audi ordered change is in store for the Ducati team after the race weekend and 2 day Valencia test....
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Rain affects free practice at Aragon GP
The first two free practice sessions at the Aragon Grand Prix were affected by bad weather. The first, which was postponed by one hour in order to clean up an oil spill that had occurred during the Moto3 session, was rendered useless by mixed conditions, which were neither entirely wet nor entirely dry. The second, which was completely wet, could prove to be important if the forecasts calling for rain in tomorrow’s qualifying session are correct.
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With the Ducati sale to Audi waiting on the final approval of the anti trust authorities, and a team plan for the long term unable to be presented and approved until Audi is officially in charge, it’s logical to assume that Ducati Corse is in the unenviable position of trying to sort out a new design with little way to really escalate or commit beyond what was offered to the team by the previous owners when the company was in “for sale” mode....http://www.ducati.net/2012/05/estoril-ducati-corse-making-the-best-of-what-they-had-to-work-with/
The Ducati Team has transferred to Portugal for the third round of the MotoGP World Championship, which will take place on Sunday at Circuito Estoril, a track that, despite being notable for having the slowest average speed on the Grand Prix calendar, also includes some very fast sections like Turn 5, which is taken at approximately 200 Km/h (125 mph).
In twelve premier-class races at the circuit, Valentino Rossi has won five times and scored some additional podium finishes, while Nicky Hayden’s best finish there was a fourth place in 2007. The team will remain at the track on Monday for a post-race test.
VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Team
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It is sort of a weird accolade, but Ducati has been at the front of motorcycle dash technology and innovation implementation. Introducing a TFT liquid crystal display (LCD) on the Ducati Diavel, the Italian has continued its progression forward with an OLED dash on the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
Delivering a noticeably brighter and crisper display over its TFT counter-part, the Ducati OLED dash is one of those items that doesn’t necessarily do a job better than its predecessor (it reads the bike’s speed and other vitals just the same as the pervious unit), but the added quality and user experience is one of those touches that makes a Ducati, well…a Ducati.
With the shroud of mystery that covers any race team’s technology, one cannot be certain whether the Ducati 1199 Panigale got its OLED dash before the GP12, or if the Ducati Desmosedici GP12′s race technology trickled down to the production superbike. Ducati Corse hasn’t been forthright responding to our inquiries, so we can only make conjecture a this....more here: http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/racing/ducati-corse-oled-dash/
MotoGP 2012 - 01 - Qatar GP
Hayden sixth in Qatar Grand Prix, Rossi tenth
At the opening round of the MotoGP season, the Ducati Team earned a sixth-place finish with Nicky Hayden and tenth place with Valentino Rossi. The American didn’t get a great start, but his performance improved steadily as the laps ticked down, and he came out on top of a hard-fought battle with Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Hector Barbera to finish in sixth place.
Having started from the twelfth spot on the grid after a difficult qualifying session, Valentino Rossi dealt with a number of problems but worked hard the entire race, eventually turning decent lap times.
The racing department in Bologna and the Ducati Team engineers will continue to develop the GP12 in an effort to make progress for the next Grand Prix, which will take place in Jerez, Spain, on April 27-29.
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 6th
“I felt we had the potential to run with Dovizioso and Crutchlow, but considering my injuries and limited testing over the winter, I guess sixth is pretty good. I lost some positions at the beginning because I got hung up behind Spies and wasn’t very good on the brakes, but as the race went on, I managed my tyre well and got stronger. That group I was in was fighting hard, and I was happy to bring Bradl back and come out on top of that battle. We put some good points on the board, got some data and learned a lot from riding with other people. I’m excited for the season. I think if we improve some things, we have the potential to put up some good results. I’d like to thank the team, the sponsors and everybody back at Ducati for all their work, because we’ve clearly taken a step forward since last year.”
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 10th
“Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time in the beginning because when I had new tyres with good grip, the rear pushed a lot, making it very difficult under braking. Then Barbera pushed me off the track and I lost five or six seconds. Otherwise, I could have stayed with that group. As the tyre became used and began to slide, I started to ride a bit better and to do better times, to the point that I matched my best time on the last lap. By that point though, it didn’t count for much.”
Vittoriano Guareschi (Team Manager)
“It was a challenging weekend for our team, but we can also look at some positive aspects as we continue to focus on working with the still-young GP12. Valentino had a difficult qualifying session, and he had problems in the race, particularly in the early laps with fresh tyres. We must learn how to solve this, because in the end he posted some good times. Nicky felt more comfortable during practice, and today he rode with great determination, scrapping with Bautista, Bradl and Barbera to win the hard fight for sixth place. We’ll compare the data and the information we gathered from both riders in order to improve our bike for Jerez.”
Easter is almost upon us, and the Italian chocolate specialist, Balocco , has an Easter egg surprise for us motorcycle lovers. They are bringing out especially for this Easter, a beautiful, and probably yummy, Easter egg branded by Ducati Corse.
The Ducati Easter egg, not only is 320 grams of milk chocolate done up in the Ducati colors and logos, but inside, there's a surprise. Well, it's not that much of a surprise, since I'll tell you what's inside the egg. It's a 1:18 scale model by Maisto. You can get either Rossi's MotoGP motorcycle (last year's), a Multistrada 1200 or a Monster 696. Not bad for a "surprise"....more
The Discord Inside Ducati Corse?
by chase winstead
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
These are probably not happy days inside the halls of Ducati Corse.
Ducati's MotoGP team has struggled during both preseason tests at Sepang, languishing about the same distance behind Honda and Yamaha as it did in during a winless 2011, what's now considered a "lost season" in Bologna. Factory riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden complained at different times about different ends of the new GP12, at times saying the bike lacked front-end feel or rear-wheel traction.
Meanwhile, team officials admit that new parts to help improve the aluminum spar-framed GP12 may not be ready until late May.
Gulp. But at the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial carnival barker, that's not all....more
Ducati Team makes progress at Sepang despite bad weather
For the second day in a row, poor weather conditions affected the MotoGP test at Sepang International Circuit, where day two was interrupted by precipitation shortly after midday. The track surface didn’t dry, and the teams were forced to suspend their work and wait for tomorrow’s final day.
Nonetheless, Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden carried out a number of tests with the electronics, with both riders reporting positive first impressions. Tomorrow’s weather forecast calls for conditions similar to those of today.
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 5th, 2:01.748 (18 laps)
“The weather hasn’t been kind to us. With my condition, maybe I wasn’t going to be able to do many more laps anyway, but we have a lot of stuff to try. It was definitely cooler today, with more rubber on the track, and we went faster. We made a couple of small steps and I would say today was the most competitive I’ve been all year. I like the changes to the electronics, especially at the first touch of the throttle. We talked about going out in the rain, but the risks seemed to outweigh the rewards. I look forward to tomorrow. Hopefully we can put together all the pieces we’ve learned and do some good lap times.”
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 7th, 2:02.130 (18 laps)
“Another day practically lost, which is really a shame because for us it’s very important to ride as much as possible, and today's track conditions were much better than yesterday's. Given that we knew rain was predicted for the afternoon, we tried to focus as much work as possible in just the first twenty or so laps this morning. Using both bikes, we tried the new traction control, some software updates with the wheelie control and other small details that have to do with the seating position. I had good impressions with all of those, so we put it all into the setup of just one bike and put on a new tyre, only for it to start raining. Game over. On the plus side, I had a good feeling with all of the new stuff, so I hope we can work a little longer tomorrow.”
How do you send motorcycle spare parts and tools across the world for a race outside Europe?
The boxes (flight cases) that you see are transported to an airport where they are pre-loaded on one or more Boeing 747 freighters along with boxes of all participating teams in the league. The flight will bring the airport they will all be loaded on other trucks that transport you to the circuit and if the teams will find, upon arrival, directly into their boxes. What does it cost? Make more or less 20 euro / kg...Anche bikes are inside the boxes and boxes shall be opened for customs inspection ....