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Interview with Kristen Ashley

Interview with Kristen Ashley | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Entmag: When did you start modeling?

 

Kristen Ashley: It’s been so long I’m not sure I remember! Pretty sure I was 13 though.

 

Entmag: What’s your favorite way to get around?

 

Kristen Ashley: As fast as possible in my RS5!

 

Entmag: Tell us 3 things about yourself?

 

Kristen Ashley:

1)    I am obsessed with Audi’s and old school Cadillac’s


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Source: Entmag.net

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Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso to appear at Ducati Indy tomorrow (Thursday)

Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso to appear at Ducati Indy tomorrow (Thursday) | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Scheduled for Thursday (tomorrow) August 15th at 7pm                                             

 Ducati Indianapolis                                                                                                                      

629 Northwestern Dr  Zionsville, IN 4607

(317) 337-10984

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This is, as far as I have heard, the only appearance organized specifically for the Ducati Community at Indy this year . See you there! 


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This is, as far as I know, the only Ducati team rider appearance scheduled for the Ducati Community. See you there!

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Moto3: Rossi’s half-brother set for Misano debut

Moto3: Rossi’s half-brother set for Misano debut | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Valentino Rossi's half-brother Luca Marini is set to make his grand prix debut as a wild-card in next month's Misano round of the 2013 Moto3 World Championship..  


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MOTOGP: 3-Year Deal Shows FOX Sports 1 Commitment To Motorsports

MOTOGP: 3-Year Deal Shows FOX Sports 1 Commitment To Motorsports | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, FOX Sports signed a three-year deal with the MotoGP World Championship, renewing a long-running relationship with the world’s most prestigious motorcycle series. On launch weekend, FOX Sports 1 offers fans LIVE coverage from the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of three U.S. venues on the MotoGP international circuit. Below is the schedule for MotoGP racing on Aug. 18.


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RIP SPEED Channel... Here's hoping Fox "gets us"  Live Indy GP coverage is a great start.....

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How To Wash Your Motorcycle

How To Wash Your Motorcycle | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Your bike looks like it’s been ridden through an insect abattoir. Blood, guts and body parts are smeared across the chrome and plastic alike. There’s months of road grime occluding your paint and every nook and cranny is packed with dirt. Is it possible to get it looking new again without spending a ton of time and money?

To find out, we visited Meguiar’s, one of the oldest and best known auto and marine car product companies. With their help, we’ve put together this basic guide to cleaning your motorcycle.

“It may sound sort of obvious, but there are some fundamentally right ways to clean a motorcycle, and some things you definitely shouldn’t do,” explains Mike Pennington, Meguiar’s Director of Technical Training. He’s been with the company for 24 of its 112 years.


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Ben Spies to Drag Race Modified Ducati Diavel at Indy

Ben Spies to Drag Race Modified Ducati Diavel at Indy | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ben Spies has ridden motorcycles of all shapes and sizes, and with widely varying performance, from hand-me-down minis to factory roadracers. On Thursday, August 15, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Pramac Racing MotoGP rider will make his first “pass” on a Ducati Diavel drag racer.


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Ben Spies committed to MotoGP and Ducati for 2014

Ben Spies committed to MotoGP and Ducati for 2014 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ben Spies fully intends to be back racing a factory-backed Ducati Desmosedici in 2014 after laughing off rumours that he will retire or quit and return to World Superbikes.


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Builder Interview: AreteAmericana 999 Italia | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

Builder Interview: AreteAmericana 999 Italia | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Every big Ducati event weekend there’s always a standout bike people leave the track talking about and Laguna Seca was no exception.  What was interesting about the bike that stood out a few weeks ago onLaguna Seca Ducati Island was that under normal circumstances, in a literal sea of Ducati’s, a 999 Superbike would be just another nice bike among hundreds of other nice bikes.  But this 999 stopped people in their tracks.  Subtle and elegant, the AreteAmericana 999 Italia is a lovely piece of work.  It’s also clearly a professional build. One look at the 848 swingarm and the beautiful custom seat treatment and it had my attention (as well as a good bit of respect)  so I decided to follow up with Bryan Peterson, who built it, to learn a bit more about this interesting bike, and how it came to be....


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Carbon Fiber Pet Bowl | Carbon Fiber Gear

Carbon Fiber Pet Bowl | Carbon Fiber Gear | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
A pet bowl made completely out of carbon fiber, perfect for your dogs, cats, or even use as a chip bowl for yourself.
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Hmmm, Chips or dog bowl. Might have to get two...Silly? Excessive? Come on, you know you want this...

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RideApart Review: Ducati Streetfighter 848

RideApart Review: Ducati Streetfighter 848 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

You know the deal with naked bikes: detuned motors, decontented suspension. But what if you want true supersport performance in a package that won’t break the back? The Ducati Streetfighter 848 may be that bike.


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Do DORNA want to push factories out of WSBK?

Do DORNA want to push factories out of WSBK? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

When BMW announced their withdrawal from the World Superbike Championship last week, people were genuinely shocked. When it was further rumoured that Aprilia could follow suit, debate started to emerge regarding the future of the production based series. If four factory (supported) bikes are removed from the grid, where does that leave us for 2014?Many seem shocked that new WSBK owners, Dorna, don’t seem to be doing much to prevent the manufacturers removing their factory teams from the series. However, what if this was all part of Dorna’s plan? What if Dorna were in fact deliberately looking to push factory teams out of World Superbikes?This is the case according to a certain paddock insider, who recently spoke to BikeSocial about the future of the championship.


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Ducati 899 2014, rumors of exclusive new engine and swingarm

Ducati 899 2014, rumors of exclusive new engine and swingarm | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

(translated via Google) 

Ducati has traced the lines of the heir of the 848 , a motion of "half" displacement that followed partially as seen on the 1199 Panigale , with a few caveats that can make us reflect on the future of the House Bolognese road.

The rumors and reports gathered exclusively by IFG are substantial and structural make up the puzzle of what we can tell, it will not be a motorcycle designed for racing by virtue of the FIM regulations that restrict the airspace of a twin.

If they wanted to build a Ducati Supersport "Stock" should opt for an engine from 799 cubic centimeters and deal with the technical commissions, so it was not: the next motion will be calledDucati 899 and will have that capacity.

The engine , of course 90 ° L-Twin engine , it will be completely new but built according to what has been seen on 1199. Of about 155 horsepower maximum power limiter set at 11,500 rpm .

Similarly, for 50%, philosophy telaistica: the engine will be carrier-type. The biggest news concerns the swingarm : Ducati abandoned the single-sided in favor of a new dual-sided "banana" , structure already used by Aprilia.

All eyes at EICMA 2013 , the International Motorcycle Exhibition to be held in November at the Fiera Milano-Rho: Ducati 899 could be the real surprise this year, only to be marketed in 2014.

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I know - terrible translation but this is the first solid leak about this highly anticipated new model. EICMA this year should be a good one!

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Adrian Rus Sinner's comment, August 9, 2013 11:01 AM
i translated it right because i know italian: http://ducatiblog.net/index.php/general-news/19-general/1876-the-new-ducati-899.html
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Ducati Art Poster on ETSY

Ducati Art Poster on ETSY | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati XII,
Art Print 40x28 in.

Digitally printed on 200gr paper, professional quality.
Paper size 40x28 in. (100x70cm)

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 I love this - it's modern and interesting, bout old looking as well - as if it started in DiVinci's studio and ended in Ducati's design department

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Fox Sports 1 will launch with DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable

Fox Sports 1 will launch with DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Fox Sports 1 has struck agreements with three major distributors that will ensure that the new cable network will be available in the majority of pay-TV homes when the network launches this Saturday, people familiar with the matter said.
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Ducati 1199 Panigale R review - Telegraph

Ducati 1199 Panigale R review - Telegraph | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati’s flagship 1199 Panigale R, with its gorgeous looks, is breathtaking in many areas – not least its price
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wow amazing
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Desmo Owners Club Dinner | Friday Night | IndyGP

Desmo Owners Club Dinner | Friday Night | IndyGP | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The food is great, but the seats are limited! A fun evening is planned with fellow Ducati owners from around the world.

INDY DESMO Owners Club would like you to come join us on Friday August 16th in the historic town of Speedway, Indiana home to the brand new Dallara IndyCar Factory, Indy Racing Experience and new home of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

Who's invited and where?

Ducati Club Members Worldwide!
Schedule of events for DOC Dinner:

5:30 - 7:00 Arrive, Registration
7:00 - 8:30 Dinner
8:30 - 12:00 Go enjoy Sprockets On Speedway Bike Show
The cost for the dinner is $30.00 and includes a choice of panini, pasta, salad, non-alcoholic beverage and gelato for dessert. Registered DOC attendees will also receive a gift bag, sponsored by Ducati North America (*if available). Alcoholic drinks are not included but a cash bar will be present.



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Friday night at IMS, this is the place to be.  Located just outside IMS gate 2, this is a fun evening that includes the dinner (with special Ducati parking) the bike show and vendors and the comraderie of a great bunch of Ducati Owners from around the world. I will be there. Can't miss me. Just look for the lady with the "Rooster Doo" neck full of Nikons and say "I saw it on Ductalk!"


See you there.......


(Doing the track ride?  Come over right after but you have to buy your tickets for this TODAY because tomorrow is the deadline for the club to book the seats)



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Friday night at IMS, this is the place to be.  Located just outside IMS gate 2, this is a fun evening that includes the dinner (with special Ducati parking) the bike show and vendors and the comraderie of a great bunch of Ducati Owners from around the world. I will be there. Can't miss me. Just look for the lady with the "Rooster Doo" and a neck full of Nikons and say "I saw it on Ductalk!"


See you there.......


(Doing the track ride?  Come over right after but you have to buy your tickets for this TODAY because tomorrow is the deadline for the club to book the seats)

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Poncharal pays tribute to Ducati-bound Crutchlow

Poncharal pays tribute to Ducati-bound Crutchlow | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team manager Herve Poncharal has paid tribute to outgoing MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow, following the British star's two-year deal to join the factory Ducati team.

Poncharal hailed the Coventry star as a 'special man and a special rider' and said he was sad Crutchlow was moving to pastures new at the end of this season.

“Cal has been fantastic with the whole team and we have had some great times. Cal is not only a Tech 3 rider but Cal is a Tech 3 member and there is a big difference and we will all miss that and that is going to be a big disappointment,” he said.


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I like Cal too but this high praise brings to mind that Ducati might already have a similar skill set as Cal Crutchlow in Ben Spies, who did a pretty good job holding Cal at bay and hasn't really had a proper go at the Ducati yet. Having them both onboard in 2014 could be the excellent plan

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Jake Johnson to Ride with Lloyd Brothers Motorsports in Grand National Expert Twins at Indy Mile

Jake Johnson to Ride with Lloyd Brothers Motorsports in Grand National Expert Twins at Indy Mile | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

After three seasons with Zanotti Racing, Jake Johnson and the prevalent race team have parted ways. Johnson, winner of two Grand National Championships with Zanotti Racing, will be fielded by Lloyd Brothers Motorsports for the remainder of the 2013 season at each of the Grand National Expert Twins races beginning with the Indy Mile on August 17, 2013.“When Jake became available we scrambled to assess if we could bring him onto our team with the resources that we have; ultimately we decided that we could make it work and that it would be a benefit as we continue to refine the development of our Ducati-powered motorcycles. With limited track time and testing time available, having two top riders will help us speed up our progress. ,” said David Lloyd. “For him not to have a solid ride would just be bad for the series. A big “Thanks” to Thom Duma Fine Jewelers for jumping right in to absorb the added race tire expenses.”


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That makes TWO Ducati's in the Indy Mile, which is about the best racing on planet earth. With two really good riders.  If that's not a Saturday night to look forward to I don't know what is!

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Game of HYPE: Egg Drop

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! - Egg Drop. 

How many eggs does it take to win this challenge? Watch as Luke and Aaron compete to see who has the strongest combination of balance and accuracy as they battle to try and get the most eggs in the buckets. Episode 4 of 5 - Who do you think will win the Ducati Game of HYPE ?

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Love these.  How do we talk them into another 5 episodes???

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Love these.  How do we talk them into another 5 episodes???

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Episode 375: A Bit Of Everything

Episode 375: A Bit Of Everything | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
0:06:01 Ed Haazer
0:21:40 Josh Hayes
0:37:33 Ben Spies
0:47:49 Jeff Tigert
Jim Race and Martin Darlington link up once again.
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Good interview with Ben Spies in tis weeks episode - speaks on his comeback, fitness and Indy stratagy....

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A Leap In The Dark? Why Cal Crutchlow's Move To Ducati May Be Smarter Than It Looks | MotoMatters.com

The news that Cal Crutchlow has signed a two-year deal with Ducati led to howls of despair from MotoGP fans, especially among those in the UK. Why, they asked, would Crutchlow willingly leave the Tech 3 Yamaha team and the as-near-factory-as-possible M1 to take on the miserable task of taming the Ducati? Why throw away another year on a bike which he knows he can score podiums, and perhaps even wins on, in exchange for riding a bike which has been a proven failure since Casey Stoner last climbed off it and headed next door to the Repsol Honda garage? If Valentino Rossi, the biggest name and most politically powerful rider in motorcycle racing couldn't make the bike competitive, what chance does Crutchlow stand?


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Ducati keen to see Nicky Hayden in WSB

Ducati keen to see Nicky Hayden in WSB | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati doesn’t want to cut axed MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden completely off its payroll in 2014 and will try and tempt the American to ride a Panigale in World Superbikes.


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Personally I think this is a better solution for Nicky Hayden than riding around on a GP bike that can't win.  SBK would see NH as the top ticket draw in the series and the chances of him getting the respect he richly deserves are excellent. And the US Ducati fans (and market) would love him all the same. 

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Riding the devil’s own motorcycle in MotoGP

Riding the devil’s own motorcycle in MotoGP | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Watching the leather-suited gladiators of MotoGP racing is thrilling enough. But howling aroundMazda Raceway Laguna Seca on one of the world’s fastest motorcycles is much, much better.

With fans packing the stands prior to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, that’s what I’m about to do. Fortunately, I’m sitting behind Randy Mamola, the retired MotoGP ace, for a once-in-a-lifetime, freak-show ride aboard Ducati’s latest MotoGP bike.


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Game of HYPE: Container Yard Chaos

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! - Container Yard Chaos. Watch the chaos unfold as Luke and Aaron compete to create the most awesome combination of wheelies, stoppies, drifting and a head butt. Yes that's right, a head butt!! 

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Love this series - this is #3 of 5

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16 Bike Hacks That Will Save You Time And Money - RideApart

16 Bike Hacks That Will Save You Time And Money - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Motorcycling can be an expensive business. Speciality clothing, speciality tools, and that's before you even get to a bike and its parts.
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Some of these are really obvious but a few of them are pretty clever...

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