Andrea Dovizioso turns in the third fastest time in FP2 aboard a soft-shod Ducati, but admits the rest of the weekend could prove tougher..
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Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow is doing everything in his power to heal his injured pinkie finger and return to the MotoGP track as soon as possible. The finger he injured required surgery and now he is has been in the chamber to fast track the healing process. The image below provided by the BT Sport MotoGP
According to GPOne.com, Cal Crutchlow still has damage in the knuckle of his ring finger which causes pain under strong braking and it’s doubtful that he will race in Jerez .
For the rest click HERE : http://www.ducati.net/2014/04/update-cal-crutchlow-unlikely-for-jerez
UPDate: From Ducati
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35)
"My hand is getting better every day, but I still have some pain and it's definitely going to be difficult to ride this weekend. I'll try and see how it is from Friday and do the best job I can. Jerez is surely one of the toughest circuits to come back and ride at after my crash. It's a really great track, and the crowd are great as well, but really I'm just excited about joining up with the team again and getting back on the bike."
So that’s the 2014 MotoGP championship dusted, best talk about something else…
We’re going to talk about rules, not MotoGP rules, World Superbike rules, and not so much the rules themselves, but the breaking of those rules. There’s been quite a lot of that going on in WSB during recent years, if paddock whispers are to be believed.
For the rest click HERE: http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/race/motogp-race/whos-cheating-now/
"I will be at Mugello May 13 to test the new Ducati 1199 and I can not wait!"
Assen holds a place in my heart , winning my first World championship there in 2001 but also over the years it grew on me and even after the highs and lows it is one of my favorite places to race .
For the rest click HERE: http://www.sportreview.it/motociclismo/baylisstic-thoughts/assen-impression-engita-version
Assen (The Netherlands), Sunday 27 April 2014 – At the end of a day conditioned by bad weather, Ducati Superbike rider Davide Giugliano scored his first podium of the season in race 2 at Assen today, while Chaz Davies concluded the day’s races in seventh and eighth position.
Congrats to the Ducati Superbike Team for a great job this weekend in difficult conditions...
For photos from the weekend go HERE: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152375877895985.1073741896.79447555984&type=3&uploaded=8
Swing a leg over the 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale and you feel instantly like a Grand Prix racer.
Ducati has aced the test of this size sport motorcycle. The 899 Panigale marries the responsive light handling of the smaller bikes with performance that approaches that of liter-class bikes, but without the intimidating force of its 1198cc big brother or other liter and larger performance monsters.
Between the 899 Panigale rider's legs is one of the best mills yet from the Italian maker of L-shaped twin engines. It has Ducati's trademark springless valve actuation, with four valves per cylinder in the 898cc liquid-cooled motor. It pumps 148 horsepower with gobs of thrilling pulling punch.
For the rest click HERE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/04/27/ducati-899-panigale/7946077/
Ducati's SBK Project Director does not deny the chance of seeing the Aussie on track at Mugello
For the rest including a subscriber only video interview, click HERE: http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/2014/quotBayliss+would+love+to+test+the+Panigale+againquot+says+Marinelli
Well, they HAVE basically rebuilt the House of Troy. The only thing missing IS Troy. Anybody as happy as I am to see him back testing?
Andrea Iannone was the victim of an nasty accident during Friday’s second practice session for the MotoGP of Argentina..
Yow. How to turn a set of leathers into a Dainese Book Cover in 15 seconds...
A short history of valve control and why Ducati sticks with desmodromics.
“Because it is the system we know best.” Now that's a great answer....
“For sure the rider that I had the most great memories with was Troy. Actually I still miss him!”.
For Ernesto Marinelli, a man who joined Ducati at the tail end of 1995, the 2013 World Superbike season was hard to stomach.
A new bike and a succession of injuries contributed to both of Ducati's riders finishing outside the championship top ten for the first time in World Superbike history.
However a winter of internal reorganisation has given the new 'Ducati Superbike Team' some much needed momentum for 2014. Recent testing results and the pace shown at both the Phillip Island and Aragon rounds by new riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano has led Marinelli to believe Ducati will be back at the front in the not too distant future.
This is a great look into the career of a man highly responsible for many many Ducati podiums
Ultimate materials and design make this motorcycle the ultimate character.
Hollywood CG artists labored to draw complex shapes and textures into the Death Star. On this Ducati, they are real. The forward frame/airbox, made of magnesium and carrying the steering head, bolts to the cylinder heads. An accessory shaft occupies the cylinder vee, driving the water pump while an inordinate amount of space is consumed by the Superquadro engine’s tremendous exhaust pipes.
It's a good time to be a gearhead. This machine is some kind of WOW...
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is beginning what's being called a transitional year of racing while facing a budget deficit.
For the first time since 2005, the MOTOGP World Championship won't be stopping on the Central Coast. While the announcement regarding MOTOGP's departure was made months ago, Central Coast News has a better explanation for why there was no other choice.
Despite bringing in tens of thousands of fans each year, many of them international fans, a tough business decision was made by Mazda Raceway's CEO, Gill Campbell.
Join us for the eighth edition of World Ducati Week (WDW) to be held at the Misano World Circuit in Italy from July 18th to 20th. During the three-day event, there will be plenty of daytime, on-circuit attractions to entertain participants looking for excitement and an adrenaline kick. New Ducati models, MotoGP and World Superbike riders, food, live music and a variety of attractions will be there to ensure you have everything you need to make this an unforgettable three days. In addition to the daytime fun, you’ll definitely not want to miss out on the action Friday and Saturday nights. In true Ducati style, the Misano World Circuit will come to life to make your weekend a once in a lifetime experience. If travelling from outside Europe, we’d like to reward your loyalty to the Ducati brand and offer you a free ticket! Just plan your trip and sign up online. Simple as that: just register and we’ll make sure you have a WDW ticket free of charge, so you can make it to the best event of the year! WDW2014: A unique event. A Ducati event. A celebration just for you!
Free for anybody coming from N. America but you have to sign up...
Ducati went back to work on its Diavel for 2014 and made it better. Much better.
Alan Cathcart | European Editor
Cathcart has ridden practically every road racer and streetbike ever built and written about them in Cycle News. They don’t call him Sir Alan for nothing.
Ducati’s introduction of the Diavel powercruiser back in 2011 represented a visit to the Dark Side in the eyes of many dedicated ducatisti, who professed to scorn the Italian manufacturer’s attempt (as they saw it) to cash in on the global cruiser cult. That was until they rode it – at which point they realized that this is a completely new take on real world road riding - a combination of Superbike performance and custom cool that’s totally irrational, and gloriously addictive.
For the rest click HERE: http://www.cyclenews.com/325/24292/Racing-Article/2014-Ducati-Diavel-First-Ride.aspx
Good review. I can remember a time when the ONLY way you could decide on if you wanted a new Ducati model was based on Alan Cathcart's opinion. No way to see it in person. No way to test ride it. Just Sir Al, the mailman and your checkbook...
Taking over from Marco Montemaggi as the Curator of the Ducati Museum in December 2001, Olivio Lodi considers himself more of an archaeologist than a Director…“A museum director can be someone who just takes care of a structure, an archaeologist is more interesting. We didn’t have an archive prior to the creation of the museum in 1998 so as we have created the museum we have started to collect, slowly and patiently, small parts of large parts of history. Everyone knows the history of Ducati, there are lots of books about us, but nobody knows the real story about the people behind them – this is the real story of what I am collecting....”
For the rest click HERE: http://www.morebikes.co.uk/five-minutes-livio-lodi-ducati-museum-director/
Ducati Team heads to Argentina for next MotoGP round. Crutchlow, still convalescent after Austin crash, to be replaced by PirroAfter Andrea Dovizioso’s third place in Texas, the Ducati Team returns to the American continent this weekend for the third round of the 2014 MotoGP season. This time however, the destination will be the southern hemisphere, more precisely in Argentina at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo.
Ducati Island Texas Style. Ride along with Vicki Smith for the Circuit of the Americas weekend - click HERE for “Vicki’s View”
Ride along, from the dealer party, thru the weekend...
The Brits hand injury could hold him back from next weekends MotoGP round in Argentina.
Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow is questionable for the upcoming Argentine MotoGP next weekend due to a hand injury suffered in a crash during the Grand Prix of the Americas.
Crutchlow had issues with his rear tire last weekend at the Circuit of The Americas and had to pit in around nine laps into the race to change out the tire. For Crutchlow, it went from bad to worse when he crashed on the new tire and his leg got caught in the wheel, making for a very ugly, hard crash.
For the rest click HERE
The Austin GP was definitely the race of the Honda domain but we shouldn’t forget it was also the race of the “return” of Ducati. Not only for the podium of Dovizioso, but also for the performance of Andrea Iannone third for most of the race before becoming a victim, like many others, of a severe wear of the front tire. “Texas was just a confirmation: in Qatar also I could have done well". The Pramac rider said recalling the first race of the season ended early with crash.
Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2014041713283/Iannone-I-share-the-merit-with-Ducati.html#ixzz2zBp3xWKQ
It's been fun to watch Andrea Iannone move closer to the lofty expectations he arrived with last season (both what he expected, and what was expected of him)
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