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MOTOGP: Home Track Hero Puts Ducati On Row 1

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Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso turned in an emotional performance during qualifying at Mugello.


Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso turned in an emotional performance during qualifying at Mugello, the Italian manufacturer’s home track, posting an inspired final lap in the Q2 session that put him on the front row for tomorrow’s TIM Italian Grand Prix. Meanwhile, grip problems limited teammate Nicky Hayden to eighth-best, and the American will start from row three.

Making the Italian’s accomplishment even sweeter was the fact that following a hard fall yesterday, he hadn’t been sure if he’d be able to ride, due to a sore neck. However, thanks in part to intensive physiotherapy, he managed to record the third-best time, achieving his second front-row qualifying performance in a row.

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The Grand Prix of Italy from Mugello will air LIVE on SPEED on Sunday, June 2nd in a two-hour programming block that starts at 7:00am ET. #MotoGPonSPEED

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Mugello MotoGP: Ben Spies pulls out of event as injury persists

Ben Spies has withdrawn from the Mugello MotoGP weekend as his persistent shoulder problems proved too severe in practice.

The American has struggled for fitness since the Phillip Island crash that ended his Yamaha stint last year.

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Spies Faces Dilemma.

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Still suffering from a problematic shoulder injury, American Ben Spies is contemplating additional time on the shelf to complete the healing process.
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The Grand Prix of Italy from Mugello will air LIVE on SPEED on Sunday, June 2nd in a two-hour programming block that starts at 7:00am ET. Qualifying will stream LIVE on SPEED2 on Saturday starting at 7:30am ET. #MotoGPonSPEED

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Borile 450 Scrambler | FIRST RIDE | First Ride | Motorcyclenews.com

Borile is an artisan bike-maker from Italy. We checked out their new, 450 Scrambler, based around the Ducati Monster 1100 engine.  
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Hand built Italian version of one of our favorite bikes, what's not to like?

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Ducati Hyperstrada review - Telegraph

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The new Ducati Hyperstrada is supposed to be a tourer, but Ducati dynamism shines through.


The invitation to ride the new Ducati Hyperstrada included a cautionary footnote. This is a touring motorcycle, it said. Riders should wear appropriate clothing, not full leathers with knee-sliders. "Extreme riding" would definitely not be appropriate.

The event and instructions were all part of Ducati's attempt to give the Hyperstrada an air of long-distance practicality. No wonder the company thought that image required reinforcing, given that this new model is essentially a wild Hypermotard kitted out with touring-orientated accessories.

The Italian firm is trying to make a sensible grown-up bike from a naked V-twin that has long revelled in its reputation as a two-wheeled juvenile delinquent....

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 That 150 mile fuel range should go a long way towards pointing out this isn't last years Hyper...

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Valentino Rossi picks best Mugello MotoGP memory | Crash.Net

Valentino Rossi picks best Mugello MotoGP memory  | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Picks battle with Capirossi and the Ducati in 2006

"It is the only time in my career that I don't remember the last lap" - Valentino Rossi..  

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No timescale for Ducati ‘challenge’, says Checa | Crash.Net

No timescale for Ducati ‘challenge’, says Checa | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
WSBK News. Carlos Checa says he is committed to finding the improvements the new Ducati 1199 Panigale needs to get on terms with its rivals following a tough start to its racing life. 


Carlos Checa insists he remains motivated to unlock the full potential of the new Ducati 1199 Panigale, despite a difficult start to its racing tenure during the 2013 World Superbike Championship.

As with its predecessors, the much vaunted Panigale spent a year in development ahead of its racing debut the following season, but while the 999 and 1098 were race winners out of the box, the 1199 has struggled to break out of the mid-field during the opening five rounds.

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2013 Mugello MotoGP Preview: Of Yamaha's Travails, Rossi's Hopes, Ducati's Dreams And Honda's Domination | MotoMatters.com

Mugello is arguably MotoGP's crowning glory. The location is stunning, in the verdant hills of Tuscany, a few miles north of Florence, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world. The track itself is gorgeous, and beautifully laid out, rolling round the valley in which the circuit is set. It is one of the few tracks left at which a MotoGP bike can fully stretch its legs, even a 260+ horsepower fire-breathing 1000cc Honda RC213V. At the end of the front straight, as riders drift right then left for the slight kink of the pit lane exit just before the track drops off for the spectacular first corner at San Donato, the bikes approach the magical barrier of 350 km/h. An obstacle that has not yet been cleared, but one which must surely fall in the near future. A lap of the circuit passes in under 1'48, an average of 175 km/h, or nearly 110 mph. It is verily a temple of speed.

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Mugello: Pirro reverts back to Ducati 'lab bike' | Crash.Net

Mugello: Pirro reverts back to Ducati 'lab bike'  | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will compete in his third consecutive MotoGP race at Mugello this weekend.

Pirro is making his second wildcard appearance of the season on the Desmosedici GP13 'lab bike' in the wake of his debut at Jerez.

He also stood in for Ignite Pramac Racing's Ben Spies at Le Mans, finishing eight in the wet conditions at the French track on the standard GP13.

Pirro said: “First of all, I'm very happy to be making my second wildcard ride, and I'd like to thank Ducati for this opportunity. 

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2013 Powersports Business Industry Leaders: Cristiano Silei | CEO Ducati North America

2013 Powersports Business Industry Leaders: Cristiano Silei | CEO Ducati North America | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati’s 21 percent growth in the U.S. in 2012 compared to 2011 was a gift of sorts to new owner Audi AG, which acquired Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. in April 2012. In fact, record North American sales of nearly 11,000 units in 2012 helped Ducati post increased sales for the 10th consecutiveor the rest click HERE
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SoupTest: Ducati's New 1199 Panigale R

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SuperbikePlanet reunited this year with Ducati's latest 1199 Panigale, the official "R" version, during an event held at the model's world-press introduction at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The COTA invitation was our true chance to ride the successor to the kitted 1199S we only sampled last year, and what we experienced in mid-March was nothing short of spectacular: Ducati's latest R and America's latest F1 circuit are a combination almost beyond belief.

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Best of the Best 2013: Motorcycles: Sportbike: Ducati 1199 Panigale R

Best of the Best 2013: Motorcycles: Sportbike: Ducati 1199 Panigale R | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The word refined is rarely associated with brutally powerful motorcycles, but the descriptor does suit the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R, a still-menacing yet more polished version of the 1199 model that preceded it. The Panigale R has a starting price of just under $30,000.

The alterations begin with the 1,198 cc L-twin powerplant. The engine’s new titanium connecting rods and lightweight flywheel produce more responsive revs and a higher ceiling of 12,000 rpm. Complementing the higher redline is a larger rear sprocket, which enables lower final-drive gearing for quicker acceleration. The engine’s output remains at 195 hp and 98 ft lbs of torque, but the middle range is more robust, which results in a mighty high-end wallop all the way to the rev limiter.

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Pirro to get second Ducati outing in Mugello MotoGP race

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Michele Pirro will get his second MotoGP wildcard outing on Ducati's development bike this weekend at Mugello.

The factory rider made the first of three such outings at Jerez in early May, where he finished 11th overall.

He also stood in for the injured Ben Spies in Ducati's satellite Pramac squad at Le Mans, finishing just behind reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo in eighth.

Pirro, whose final wildcard appearance will come at Misano in September, said he hoped to move closer to the sharp end of the field even if gathering data remains his priority.

"First of all, I'm very happy to be making my second wildcard ride, and I'd like to thank Ducati for this opportunity," Pirro said...(more HERE)

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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi’s 2013 Mugello Helmet

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi’s 2013 Mugello Helmet | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Another Italian GP at Mugello, and another special AGV helmet for Valentino Rossi.
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This helmet belongs to the man i pray too...

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Friday at Mugello with Scott Jones

Friday at Mugello with Scott Jones | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved
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motogp.com · Dovizioso very frustrated by neck injury

motogp.com · Dovizioso very frustrated by neck injury | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Andrea Dovizioso was highly aggravated to have injured his neck in a fall during the opening practice session for his home Grand Prix. The Ducati Team rider was left in substantial pain, particularly on straight sections of track.
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Ducati Team 2013 presentation video

The 2013 Ducati Team is challenging in the world MotoGP Champioship. Info on http://www.ducati.com/racing/index.do
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Meet the ‘MotoGrapher’: Two wheels, 23,000km and a long way from home

Meet the ‘MotoGrapher’: Two wheels, 23,000km and a long way from home | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Sunny Gajjar loves photography and motorcycling so much he will be spending two months riding 23,000km of Australia’s most picturesque roads happily snapping away. The 32-year-old from New Delhi, India, has ridden around Australia before and estimates that he has clocked up close to 350,000km in 15 other countries pandering to his two great loves.

In 2007  the self-proclaimed ‘MotoGrapher’ rode 22,000km around Australia with another rider from India, but this time around he is solo on his trusty 1200cc Ducati Multistrada, after commencing his journey in Sydney on April 22.

Sunny is enamoured by the photographic opportunities and solitude that the open roads of outback Australia afford....

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EXCLUSIVE Ben Spies - Q&A | Crash.Net

EXCLUSIVE Ben Spies - Q&A |  Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

 "I've got a 2 year deal and it's a factory contract which means I can ride for Pramac, the factory team or any Ducati team that they have" - Ben Spies.

By Christian Tiburtius 

A exclusive interview with Pramac Ducati's Ben Spies, who is returning to action in this weekend's Italian MotoGP at Mugello after missing the last two rounds. 

Spies talks about his shoulder injury, his career progression, the move from Yamaha to Ducati, how to make the racing in MotoGP closer and more... 

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The first question has to be, how are you feeling? 

Ben Spies: 
I think I'm doing, in fact I know I'm doing a lot better than I was in Austin. It's been 30 to 35 days now doing rehab during the day when I've been home and I feel a lot better than I did 4 or 5 weeks ago and I just need to get back on the bike to see how I feel and start building from there. I won't know until Friday or Saturday how things are going, but we can say that we've done everything possible to be fit for the race.

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Pretty candid interview with a guy that really deserves a good weekend. 

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When Ducati SBK came to AMA: VIR Superbike 2004 | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

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Throwback Thursday, Vicki’s View of one of the most unexpected Ducati/AMA weekends ever

This weekend Michele Pirro will compete in the Mugello MotoGP on the “Lab” bike, (seemingly entered for the purposes of gathering data during the race weekend) and Ben Spies will return to competition while still mending from a shoulder injury. It reminded me of a similar situation almost 10 years ago.

It’s been so long since Ducati has had a supported AMA team that some people might not know that for quite a few years, on most AMA weekends Paolo Ciabatti and Davide Tardozi made the 10 hour trip as part of a variety of AMA team efforts over the years, splitting their time and efforts between the SBK team and the AMA one....


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Mixed results, injured riders. MugelloGP? LeMans SBK?  Nope. AMA VIR 2004. A tale of Ducati history repeating itself.

Throwback Thursday on Vicki's View Blog 

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Detour: Stay Off The Shoulder! Ben Spies Gets Ready To Return To The Pavement

Detour: Stay Off The Shoulder! Ben Spies Gets Ready To Return To The Pavement | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The human shoulder: a glorified butter churn.

Look down the MotoGP grid and you'll see two kinds of riders: those that have endured shoulder injuries and those that probably will at some point in their career. A quick off the top of the head list of past and present riders who have suffered a shoulder injury include Dani Pedrosa, Nick Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Marco Melandri, Neil Hodgson, Eddie Lawson, Kevin Schwantz, Troy Bayliss, Sete Gibernau, Casey Stoner, Carl Fogarty, Colin Edwards, Nori Haga and Kenny Roberts Jr.

Four-time world champion Lawson raced for the world championship trying his best to avoid sneezing or coughing as each time he did so he risked popping his shoulder due to a damaged rotator cuff.

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Mugello Grandstand Photo by nicky_hayden on Instagram

Have a seat..........#Ducati
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Ahhh Mugello. The Mother of all Ducati Grandstands!

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Motorcyclist nabbed after naked "Harlem Shake" Ducati 848 joyride in Chiang Mai video goes viral

Motorcyclist nabbed after naked "Harlem Shake" Ducati 848 joyride in Chiang Mai video goes viral | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

A man who brazenly rode a motorcycle through downtown Chiang Mai while naked has been arrested after detectives were alerted to his antics through a video clip on a social media network.

It took five hours for police to swoop on the man after the clip of his raunchy romp appeared on the web yesterday morning. Police arrested Jetpol Chanboontawee, 24, and charged him with committing a lewd act.

Police Region 5 deputy chief Chamnan Ruodreaw said officers launched an investigation into the matter after receiving complaints from people who had viewed Mr Jetpol's clip.

Pol Maj Gen Chamnan said police traced the IP address of the person who first posted the clip. That person then identified Mr Jetpol as the naked motorcycle rider.

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He was doing the Harlem Shake. Really. You can't make this stuff up.....


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You can't make this stuff up...

Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's comment, May 29, 2013 8:55 AM
The actual video is down but I did come across a link of the police interrogation. The kid is there with all his friends, he's at a table with a big blue microphone laying on the table, behind him are police and guys that look like the rest of his crew. They are going on and on in Thai but everybody is having trouble keeping a straight face, especially the kid. Based on the fine I don't think anybody see's it as a huge thing. If I rode naked across Chaing Mai doing the Harlem Shake, in return for a fine of $33 I'd be laughing too. Just saying.
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Looks like the Thai's in Chieng Mai have been watching too much American social media.

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STM: How Long is Rossi for MotoGP?

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Wrinkly Rumours 2 - How Long is Rossi For MotoGP? 

Two weeks ago, we exclusively broke the latest MotoGP rumor, gossip and fantasy analysis from Jerez via my unsurpassed network of aged GP groupies - who just happen to have very good connections in the Grand Prix world.

Fourteen days is a long time in GP racing and many things, it seems, have moved on. First, let me deal with the rumor which other, less well informed, fantasists are brokering: Cal Crutchlow riding a Suzuki.

Younger journalists, without the wrinkly connections, are writing about this as if it is a done deed and Crutchlow has already put pen to paper. This is utter, complete and total tosh and nonsense and not worthy of even a decent fantasy.

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Lewis Hamilton talks of his secret love for MotoGP

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Formula One icon Lewis Hamilton has opened up about one of his secret loves, MotoGP and motorbikes.

In his latest column for BBC Sport, the 2008 champion explained that he has always had a passion for motorbikes from a very early age.

He explained that every Christmas as a child he would always ask for a motorcycle but his dad said they were "too dangerous" and bought me a go-kart instead. 

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Kind of funny, story about him meeting Rossi. Even heros have heros...

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Lewis shares his passion for motorbikes and motoGP . . .