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Hayden departure leaves MotoGP with a big problem

Hayden departure leaves MotoGP with a big problem | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
No American star, no dollar...

Nicky Hayden's exit from the factory Ducati MotoGP team leaves series owners Dorna will a big problem. They have no native star for their American audience. No disrespect to Colin Edwards or Ben Spies, but Hayden as a former world champion will have put bums on seats at Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Austin. Of course Rossi will do his part but with no real, bone fide going-fast American, what will draw Americans to MotoGP now? - See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=Hayden-departure-leaves-MotoGP-with-a-big-problem&newsid=9883#sthash.WVPsx94r.dpuf

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Only 2 U.S. riders in Red Bull Grand Prix

Any semblance of American exceptionalism on the international Grand Prix motorcycle racing circuit has evaporated over the past 20 years, and the only two U.S. riders in the lineup for this week's star-studded race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca — Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards — are clinging to their careers by a fingernail. Another, Ben Spies, has been replaced due to injury.

The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix — featuring the fastest bikes and best riders on the planet — will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the historic Monterey track, preceded by three practice sessions (10:25 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. Friday, and 10:25 a.m. Saturday) and two qualifying heats (2:10 and 2:35 p.m. Saturday).

Favorites to win the showcase event of the weekend will include 20-year-old rookie sensation Marc Marquez, who holds a narrow lead over fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (both injured and questionable starters) in the current points standings, British star Cal Crutchlow, and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi of Italy.

And despite a possible home-track advantage (Hayden and Edwards finished first and second at Mazda Raceway in '05, and Hayden won again in Monterey in '06), the two Americans must be considered long shots at best.

U.S. riders have a rich legacy in Moto Grand Prix, dating back to three consecutive world championships Kenny Roberts won for Yamaha from 1978-1980. Americans Freddie Spencer (two world championships for Honda), Eddie Lawson (for titles for Yamaha), Wayne Rainey of Monterey (three for Yamaha) and Kevin Schwantz (one for Suzuki) dominated the sport from 1983-93, but the Yanks have been mostly chasing the competition ever since. In the past 20 years, only Kenny Roberts Jr. (aboard a Suzuki in 2000) and Hayden (2006 for Honda) have been on top of the points standings at a season's end.


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MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Confirms He's Out Of Work

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Confirms He's Out Of Work | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati says it wont rehire the former World Champion

MONTEREY, CA - JULY 18 - Nicky Hayden confirmed today in the pre-race press conference for this weekend’s Red Bull United States Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that he’s been “sacked” by Ducati and doesn’t have a job in MotoGP for next year.

But the always-classy Hayden ended what was likely a difficult press conference for him with what we’ve come to expect. More class.


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Turbine-powered motorcycle aiming for 400 mph land speed record with Ducati Champion James Toseland at the controls

Turbine-powered motorcycle aiming for 400 mph land speed record with Ducati Champion James Toseland at the controls | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Streamlined two-wheeler almost ready to roll.

A turbine-powered two-wheeler built to break the motorcycle land speed record made its public debut this past weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K.

The “52 Express” will be driven by two-time Superbike World Champion James Toseland when it goes for the mark next year.

The record currently stands at 376.363 mph, set by Rocky Robinson in 2010, but Toseland and company have their eyes on breaking 400 mph.



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2013 Ducati Diavel Strada First Ride

2013 Ducati Diavel Strada First Ride | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
There maybe not be a more unique touring machine than the 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada but is it worthy of the Strada moniker Read on to find out.
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Hayden hoping for home cheer | Crash.Net

Hayden hoping for home cheer  | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
 . If home star Nicky Hayden can claim a top for finish on Sunday it will be his best result of the season, and as a Ducati rider at Laguna Seca. 
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Nicky Hayden told no factory Ducati ride in 2014

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Nicky Hayden will not be offered a new factory Ducati contract for 2014.
The universally popular American was told by Ducati during last weekend’s German MotoGP...
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I will miss Nicky next year in MotoGP, but I really hope he goes for the WSBK seat. I want to see him race still.
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Video: A $2 Million Dollar Lamborghini Reventon Roadster Races A Ducati 1098 And A Nissan GT-R!

Video: A $2 Million Dollar Lamborghini Reventon Roadster Races A Ducati 1098 And A Nissan GT-R! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
A $2 million dollar Lamborghini Reventon Roadster, a track favourite Ducati 1098, and a 580hp-tuned Nissan GT-R go head-to-head on a 4km runway with the boys at The BHP Project. Let tire squeal and battle commence.
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What I like here is that they thought it was cool to race a $$$$$ dollar car against a Ducati you can buy all day for in the 10 - 12,ooo dollar range, AND that it was decent race. #KeepingTheRightCompany  

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Twitter / DucatiMotor: All crated up #DucatiTeam at Sachsenring and California-bound!

Twitter / DucatiMotor: All crated up #DucatiTeam at Sachsenring and California-bound! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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 The GP Circus is headed our way. It will naver fail to amaze us the size and scope of moving the series all over the world, and the efficiency with which it happens.
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Ducati Team German GP - Sunday's Photos

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Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 7th
“Speaking from a personal perspective, I’m fairly pleased with the day; all weekend it was very difficult to do a pace in the low 1:23s, so I’m satisfied that I managed to do it for the entire race. Obviously, we can’t be pleased with this result, as we were 30 seconds back, but it’s just further confirmation of our current gap. We couldn’t expect anything else today. We’re working a lot, but again, the bike is similar to the one we started the year with, so it couldn’t be otherwise. I’m not looking for excuses; it’s just the reality at this moment. To all the Ducati fans, I say be patient. We’re working as hard as we can to improve our competitiveness, but it’s not a situation that you can solve race by race or with simple changes to setup.”
 
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 9th
“It certainly wasn’t the race we’d hoped for. I was having a good morning warm-up until I had a crash right at the end. Even though it was a small one, it damaged the frame, so it was best to switch to the other GP13 for the race. I hadn’t ridden that bike much, and I didn’t have the same feeling as with the other one, especially in terms of grip. In the beginning, every time I pushed, the rear would come around on me. It was a long, lonely race. We need to understand what happened, because we had a much better pace than that all weekend, especially with old tyres. It’s a shame because as usual, the guys really gave me their all, and they deserve better than that.”
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Ducati Team German GP 2013 Photo Gallery - Friday and Saturday

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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Race Bike

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Race Bike | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Another year, and another Pikes Peak race bike from the Falkner Livingston Racing crew to frustrate current Ducati Multistrada 1200 S owners. This gorgeous machine was quick all throughout practice...
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PICS: Dovizioso sends new Ducati flying | Crash.Net

PICS: Dovizioso sends new Ducati flying |  Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Factory Ducati star Andrea Dovizioso had one new chassis to try this weekend in Germany - but it lasted just ten minutes before this accident in morning practice..  

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Dovizioso 'happy to see name almost at the top' |Crash.Net

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 Andrea Dovizioso was third fastest after the opening day of practice for the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca.... 


Andrea Dovizioso was third fastest after the opening day of practice for the US MotoGPat Laguna Seca and the Italian has set his sights on a top five finish this weekend. 

The Ducati rider ended the day just under 0.25s off the pace of Marc Marquez and was clearly pleased with his performance and the balance of the bike:

"I am happy to see my name almost at the top and I made a good lap time in the last three laps. I had some help from Marquez in the first two splits but he was quite far ahead. 


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Laguna Seca MotoGP Thursday | Photos from around the track

Laguna Seca MotoGP Thursday | Photos from around the track | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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video | Laguna Seca 2013 -- Nicky Hayden interview

Ducati's American superstar and former World Champion rider Nicky Hayden gives us some of his valuable time ahead of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
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Excellent look at Nicky Hayden at home with his family, not the usual video interview at all

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Checa identifies 'good base setup' for Moscow WSBK round

Checa identifies 'good base setup' for Moscow WSBK round | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Alstare Ducati's Carlos Checa has said that the base setup he found during testing should translate well to racing.
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Ducati 1098S - Shed X ‘Malizia’  Custom

Ducati 1098S - Shed X ‘Malizia’  Custom | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The genesis for the latest to roll out of Sydney’s Shed-X came almost a year ago, when their first build, a wicked café/street hybrid dubbed ‘Bastardo’, caught the eye of a potential buyer. The buyer had a problem, though. To free up some cash for ‘Bastardo’ he needed first to sell his mint 1098S, but in a flooded market he was getting little joy. At about this juncture we can assume the term ‘trade-in’ was uttered. And thus ‘Malizia’ was born. "As soon as I test rode the 1098S," Neil from Shed-X explains, "I knew we could do something with it to make it more enjoyable around the streets".

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Laguna Seca Injury Update, Part 2: Iannone Out, Lorenzo To Undergo Medical | MotoMatters.com

The composition of the MotoGP grid at Laguna Seca remains uncertain at the moment, as injuries sustained at Laguna Seca continue to take their toll. On Tuesday, Andrea Iannone announced that he would not be fit enough to race at Laguna Seca, after a CT scan showed up problems with the shoulder he hurt at the Sachsenring.

Iannone had a massive crash at Turn 1, as he accidentally selected the pit lane mapping while braking for the corner, locking up the rear wheel and being thrown from the bike. The Italian dislocated his right shoulder in the crash, and was forced to withdraw from the race in Germany. An examination in Italy revealed a large amount of fluid in the joint, making it impossible for him to race in the US GP, the Italian press service ANSA is reporting.


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Team Pramac much think somebody has a doll with pins in it and their name on it...

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RideApart Review: 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada

RideApart Review: 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the all-new Ducati Hypermotard SP (an upgraded version of the new Ducati Hypermotard) became my favorite bike. My only problem with it was taking it out of its element and trying to do long stints on the freeway.
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A Ducati, a Lamborghini and a champion of MotoGP | video from Automoto.it

A Ducati, a Lamborghini and a champion of MotoGP | video from Automoto.it | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Andrea Dovizioso abondons his Ducati 1199 Panigale R for a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. But it is only for a day...

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Dovizioso asks Ducati fans to be patient | Crash.Net

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 “To all the Ducati fans, I say be patient. We're working as hard as we can to improve our competitiveness” - Andrea Dovizioso..  

Ducati's German MotoGP weekend began with Andrea Dovizioso launching the latest chassis (pictured) and finished with the Italian and team-mate Nicky Hayden 30 seconds from victory, in seventh and ninth.

Between them was the top privateer CRT bike of Aleix Espargaro, who Dovizioso held off by less than 0.3s at the line.


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Fan Party! German GP 2013 photo gallery

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Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso meet and greet the German fans!


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Scott Jones In Saxony: Friday Photos From The Sachsenring | MotoMatters.com

Scott Jones In Saxony: Friday Photos From The Sachsenring | MotoMatters.com | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Airbag deployed. Nicky Hayden was one of many, many fallers on Friday at the Sachsenring


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Video by nicky_hayden • Instagram

Better hold on its a bumpy ride. Some skill & luck to get away with that one. #SoreSack
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