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Very Special Lunch at Alstare Hospitality Unit | Silverstone Photo Gallery

Very Special Lunch at Alstare Hospitality Unit | Silverstone Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

by Olivier Limousin, head chef at - Michelin-starred - L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at London

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Bellingham film about motorcycle racing speeds toward completion

Bellingham film about motorcycle racing speeds toward completion | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
"Out of Nothing," a documentary in the works about motorcycle land speed racing, features a heavy dose of Whatcom County, both on the screen and behind the cameras. 

So it's fitting that one the county's most recognizable residents, comedian Ryan Stiles, is the face of an online appeal for donations to help finance the film's finishing touches.


Stiles, one of the documentary's producers, became involved with the project at the urging of fellow producer Andrew Lahmann of Bellingham, who had worked with Stiles on a pilot TV show 



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Ducati Team at Silverstone SBK | Superpole Gallery

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Front row start for Checa and Team SBK Ducati Alstare in tomorrow’s SBK races at Silverstone!
Silverstone (UK), Saturday 3 August 2013: after an extended Superpole, caused by the onset of rain during the third phase, Checa and his technicians managed the final (‘wet’) session perfectly, securing themselves a position on the front row of the grid, second, for tomorrow’s SBK races at the Silverstone circuit.

Carlos Checa: “We managed the final ‘wet’ session really well; I went straight out and was lying fourth when it started to rain and we thought it would stay wet until the end. Instead, in the final minutes, I saw that others were going back out so I decided to head out too. I took some risks because at that point I didn’t know if there were damp sections or not but let’s say it was worth it because I finished second. I’m pleased because after yesterday’s problems we’ve taken a big step forward today and I was able to lap well with the race tyre too, recording some very good times in the Superpole. It won’t be easy tomorrow but I hope to be able to make a good start and be there fighting with the leaders. I want to thank my team who’ve worked really hard all weekend, and especially for how they managed this afternoon’s atypical Superpole.”
 
Ayrton Badovini: “I’m not at all pleased with how today went – I expected to be able to do more and at least reach phase two. Unfortunately, like yesterday, I suffered from a lack of grip and also chattering. The qualifier didn’t really give me the advantage that I hoped to see and so my Superpole came to an end straight away. It won’t be easy from the fourth row…. We’ll have to see what conditions are like tomorrow and take it from there but in my case it would be useful if it rained…”
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From Silverstone, Great Britain.

2013 Superbike World Championship: UK
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Silverstone - Superpole qualifying times | Checa on Front Row | Crash.Net

Silverstone - Superpole qualifying times |  Checa on Front Row | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Full Superpole qualifying times for the ninth round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Silverstone, United Kingdom. 


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Is it wrong to be happy about this more because it might convince Nicky to stay??? :-)

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Is it wrong to be happy about this more because it might convince Nicky to stay??? :-)

Kevin Gettmann's comment, August 3, 2013 9:46 PM
Checa and Hayden would make SBK as popular as MotoGP for me.
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eBay Auction| Riders For Health| Bridgestone MotoGP VIP golf event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

eBay Auction| Riders For Health| Bridgestone MotoGP VIP golf event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

 Chance to meet Kenny Roberts, Colin Edwards and more

Riders for Health and Bridgestone are giving MotoGPTM fans the chance to take part in an exclusive VIP golf event ahead of the MotoGP at Indianapolis to raise money for Riders' lifesaving work in Africa.

Bid for the chance to join motorcycling legends, Kenny Roberts and Randy Mamola as well as current MotoGP stars Colin Edwards, Alvaro Bautista and Bryan Staring; Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and IndyCar drivers Graham Rahal and Simona de Silvestro.


The Bridgestone Golf Performance Challenge will take place on Thursday 15 August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

As well as playing three holes on the exclusive Brickyard Crossing course at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The winning bidder will also join the prize giving ceremony, lunch and pre-event media interviews.


 


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Golfer/GP fans this is a unique way to meet and spend time with some of GP racing's biggest names, write it off and feel great about the donation.  Just perfect!

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Crutchlow's Ducati move a gamble worth taking

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Cal Crutchlow's move to Ducati is a gamble but it was too good an opportunity to turn down, says BBC commentator Steve Parrish


There is no doubting that Cal Crutchlow's move to Ducati is a gamble but motorcycle riders are gamblers and this was too good an opportunity for him to turn down.

There are a few reasons why I think he left Yamaha and their satellite Tech 3 outfit. One, there's clearly the financial benefits of racing with a factory team. MotoGP is the same as any other sport: there's a narrow window for a rider to compete at the top and they have to think about their future.


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Intelligent recap of the why's and how's of this move.

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video | Game of HYPE: Wheelie Challenge

What do you get when you take two ultra-talented stunt riders, two brand new Ducati Hypermotards and only one hamburger? Answer: The Ducati game of HYPE! - Wheelie Challenge. See who can pull off the highest Hypermotard wheelie in this amazing contest of balance and control.

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Technical Analysis: 90-Degree V-Four Engine- MotoGP Racing

Technical Analysis: 90-Degree V-Four Engine- MotoGP Racing | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Has Honda done what Ducati couldn’t in MotoGP?  

Have a look at this engine cross-section line drawing. It purports to be a patent drawing of a “super streetbike” that Honda will build as a homologation special for the FIM Superbike World Championship. And it is said to be closely related to the production racer Honda plans to offer for sale to race teams for the 2014 MotoGP season.

As you can see, this is a 90-degree V-Four. The front cylinders’ axis is 35 degrees above horizontal. Remind you of a Ducati? Why, yes! For two years, some have been saying that Ducati’s problems in MotoGP come from the excessive bulk of its 90-degree V-Four, pushing the engine’s cg so far back from the front wheel that there’s not enough load on the front to keep the tire hot. But wait! Recently, Honda arranged an impromptu “photo op” in which its highly successful and series-leading RC213V engine was seen to also have a 90-degree Vee angle. Revelation!


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Crutchlow signs two-year Ducati deal

Crutchlow signs two-year Ducati deal | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Cal Crutchlow will leave his Tech 3 Yamaha team at the end of the season after signing a two-year deal with the factory Ducati team.
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What is it Like to Live With the Ducati Panigale?

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Daily life with a Ducati Panigale: what is it like to ride in the city?


After testing the Ducati 1199 Panigale on the pristine Yas Marina Circuit racetrack in Abu Dhabi and the stunning new Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, I basked in the real life fantasy of closed courses coupled with raw horsepower.


As immensely capable as the Panigale R and S may have been under those circumstances, racetrack riding is still a thin sliver of the environments in which most owners will actually ride their motorcycles.

That said, I decided to ask the favor of borrowing a Panigale S for street use and spend a week riding the red beauty around the streets and freeways of Los Angeles, if only to see if bike held up under more pedestrian usage.

Here are five things I learned about the Ducati 1199 Panigale from the street riding experience.


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Troy Bayliss Events launch 2014 MOTO EXPO Brisbane and Melbourne

Troy Bayliss Events launch 2014 MOTO EXPO Brisbane and Melbourne | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

"Since I stopped racing full time I have missed the challenge, I am now looking forward to the next chapter that will keep me involved within the industry I love. TB21 "


Three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss today revealed plans to stage two of Australia's largest motorcycle exhibitions in Brisbane and Melbourne in 2014.

MOTO EXPO Brisbane will be held at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds on March 21-23 followed by MOTO EXPO Melbourne, which will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds on November 28-30, 2014.


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Dainese presents: Rossi's Ranch - Backstage

Published by Dainese Italy

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This beautifully done video left us even more impressed with the scope of this facility and absolutely aching to go there and ride. See what you think...

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Mike Tyrell's comment, July 31, 2013 3:31 AM
It was good to see riders from all disciplines who are all successfull motorcycle racers! a great watch for anyone who love motorcycle sport...
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Ducati : Other in Ducati | eBay Motorcycles

Ducati : Other in Ducati | eBay Motorcycles | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

One of the most controversial custom bikes ever built is for sale.  The Roland Sands Designs Ducati Desmo Tracker, affectionately dubbed "The Dirty Desmo" by Cycle World is in need of a new home.  I comissioned this build by my bud Roland and his amazing team (Rodney, Aron, Cam, and the rest of the RSD Crew) a few years ago.  I wanted to have a one off, fully functional, piece of art that paid homage to the Ducati lineage and provenance while pushing the boundries and turning heads.  Saying that "the goal was acheived" is an understatement.  Never have I seen more people go crazy in a positive or negative way to a motorcycle project.  From high praises to literal death threats, the Desmo-Tracker garnered more attention than imagined.  From the cover of the December issue of Cycle World to (at last count) over 20 covers/major articles world wide.  Thousands of online articles, Men's magazines, etc.  This bike was a passion project that drove recognition both good and bad beyond my wildest dreams.  In the begining, the loyal Ducatista shuttered.  We were concerned that any relationship with Ducati was lost.  Upon completion of the build, a large percentage of the Duc loyalists were complimentary and Ducati asked me to loan them the Desmo-Tracker for display at a few venues.  Why would I sell this exceptional machine?  My collection has continued to evolve, I've gotten married, am starting a family, and have several new projects in the works (please don't tell my wife).  I am truly looking for a great home for a one off creation.  I will absolutely not be giving her away which is why I reserve the right to pull the eBay listing at any time for any reason.  I have ridden the Desmo Tracker aprox 500 miles.  She runs great and fires immediately.  The bike has obviously been kept in a temperature controlled secured enviornment since I received it back from its press tour.  None of the take off parts are being offered with the bike as I have other Desmo's.  The bike started its life as number 568/1500.

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Game of HYPE: Target Practice (update:new link, see below)

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The Ducati game of HYPE! - Target Practice. Watch as Luke and Aaron compete to see who has the skill to drift and wheelie their Hypermotard through a skills course and precisely hit all three targets laid out for them. Video 2 of 5

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Great stunts, Ducati bikes?  What more do you need???

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Ducati Team at Silverstone SBK | Sunday

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Carlos Checa: “The two races were quite similar. When it started to rain in race one I found it hard to immediately understand the limits; I slowed too much in that moment and then, once I’d got back into my rhythm, I’d lost too much time and was unable to reach those ahead of me. In the dry I was just about able to stick with the others this wasn't possible in the wet. In the second race it didn’t rain heavily until the later stages. There were points in which my bike ran quite smoothly and others in which I could feel the lack of power. But in those mixed conditions I made an evaluation and decided that there was no point taking risks for the little that I could have gained. Speaking in general about the whole weekend, the positive thing is that we have found a good setting in the dry, working well as far as the chassis and suspension is concerned and so I’m pleased from that point of view.”


Ayrton Badovini: “Today’s conditions were strange. I’m fairly happy because I wasn’t particularly fast during the weekend’s dry sessions but feel that I’ve taken a step forward today. In race 1 I made a good recovery but if the rain had arrived earlier I think I could have done even better. Race 2 was more complicated, I was a little bit hemmed in at the start and while there were drops of rain throughout the entire race it only came down heavy at the end. I think I made two solid top ten finishes considering the conditions and hope that at Nurburgring we have the opportunity to use the softer tyre that we were using prior to Moscow and are able to take another step forward.”

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Where did it go wrong for Ducati?

Where did it go wrong for Ducati? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
How did Ducati go from the first non-Japanese manufacturer to win a riders' title in over 30 years to no race wins in three seasons?


In 2007, at the dawn of the new 800cc era and five years after their return to Grand Prix racing, Ducati won the World Championship with Casey Stoner.

Since then, no-one but Stoner has brought the Desmosedici to victory and the team look far from adding to their one and only world title.

They have been accused of killing the career of Marco Melandri, and of nearly doing likewise to the untouchable Valentino Rossi.


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Silverstone SBK 2013 | Friday Photo Gallery

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Rotary-Mounted Cam + Motorcycle Gymkhana = Awesome

Rotary-Mounted Cam + Motorcycle Gymkhana = Awesome | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Motorcycle gymkhana is perhaps the ultimate test of any road racer’s bike control. Navigating machines through courses of curves and cones, it boggles even this veteran rider’s mind at the level of precision that goes into every maneuver, and every video of these special events is a free tutorial on the benefits of smooth throttle, brake, and clutch actuation.It’s not like we need a real good reason to post up today’s installment, but someone finally figured out that a counterbalanced rotary video rig would be an awesome point-of-view perspective for this form of two-wheeled racing.


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 No Ducati content but given the amount of Go Pros I saw on Ducati Island the technology used here is going to be mighty appealing...

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Cal Crutchlow Signs With Ducati Corse, Replaces Nicky Hayden For 2014

Cal Crutchlow with Ducati beginning next season
 
Ducati has reached an agreement with Cal Crutchlow that will have the Briton campaigning the 2014 and 2015 MotoGP race seasons with the Ducati Team. Crutchlow will race alongside Andrea Dovizioso. The British rider and the Italian, who were team-mates in 2012, will work on developing the Desmosedici and growing Ducati’s MotoGP project.
 
The 2009 World Supersport champion and 2011 MotoGP Rookie of the Year, Crutchlow is presently enjoying his strongest GP season to date, sitting fifth in the championship points standings. He has posted four podium finishes in the first nine races, and he earned his first MotoGP pole position at the Dutch TT.
 
The end of the 2013 season will also mark the completion of Nicky Hayden’s five-year professional relationship with the Ducati Team. Ducati would like to thank Nicky for his contributions during that time, and everyone on the team and at Ducati Corse looks forward to giving him and Andrea their full support over the second half of the 2013 season.
 
 
 
   
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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring - Touring Mode and Returning Rider Therapy

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring - Touring Mode and Returning Rider Therapy | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Multistrada 1200 S Touring sublimely tips into a series of corners for another strafing run of the camera.  I’ve been on the road a week, scheduling in rides as part of my recovery from a broken collarbone, and the Ducati has been a brilliant physical therapist – egging me on to push a little more with every corner.  Shockingly easy to ride for one returning to the sport, the mode selector has been ratcheted up to touring; offering a softer 150hp LOW setting, suspension set to a rider plus luggage and long distance comfortable, ABS intervention in full nanny mode, and the traction control pushed to midrange.


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Ferrari sponsor cancels ‘Wrooom’ event

Ferrari sponsor cancels ‘Wrooom’ event | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

 Ferrari’s annual pre-season event on the slopes of Italian ski resort Madonna di Campiglio will take place no more.

Corriere dello Sport newspaper reports that the main sponsor of F1 and MotoGP teams Ferrari and Ducati, Philip Morris, has cancelled the 2014 edition of ‘Wrooom’ for financial reasons.

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Wow. This has been going on for 23 years. Hard not to draw a line straight from this to the Ducati 2014 sponsorship renewal

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Kevin Gettmann's comment, August 1, 2013 8:45 PM
well, well, well....this is what happens when your team cannot find it's way to the podium when the GOAT says your bike is latest in fast Italian anchors. When the CRT teams are nipping at your heels every race the big money finds value for it's dollar and moves on somewhere else to promote it's product in a "winning light". Who will be the deep pocket now for a team that needs lots of cash to spend to find either an answer for the Desmosidici or a whole new idea. Stay tuned....
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IndyGP, If you love Ducati’s this is one busy weekend | Ducati.net, Vicki's View Blog

IndyGP, If you love Ducati’s this is one busy weekend | Ducati.net, Vicki's View Blog | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

For those going to Indy GP, word is out there’s no Ducati Island but looking at the list of what there is to do with Ducati friends and fans, the weekend is still going to keep us plenty busy. Here’s a list of ways to participate starting with the events that require advance planning:


For the whole weekends events and happenings, click HERE

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I always love this weekend, so many friends, non-stop fun and this year's 3 week break should result in some great Ducati racing with Ben back. See you in Indy!

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Michael King's comment, August 2, 2013 4:58 AM
No Ducati Island??? Disappointing! Can you fix this link, it seems to be dead. I have to get my dose of Ducati overload somehow.
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Monopoly Empire: Who gets the Ducati Panigale Token? | Ducati.net, Vicki's View Blog

Monopoly Empire: Who gets the Ducati Panigale Token? | Ducati.net, Vicki's View Blog | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

There’s a new Monopoly game in town and to be truthful, other than I love the Ducati token,  I’m not sure what to make of it.  Here’s the description...


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DUCATI AIR BIKE - by Ducati Palermo Club

VIDEO BY DUCATI PALERMO CLUB DOC - DESMO OWNERS CLUB ITALY....


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We love the endless ways there are to approach this challenge. Good luck to Ducati picking the winners! 

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Happy Birthday Nicky Hayden!

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Kevin Gettmann's comment, July 30, 2013 7:58 AM
Nicky, Happy Birthday. Please stay with Ducati. Your a great guy to have around and an even better ambassador for the line. I'd hate to see you leave for some "other" brand.