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New Venue Welcomes WSBK Paddock as Round 11 Heads to Istanbul

New Venue Welcomes WSBK Paddock as Round 11 Heads to Istanbul | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The eni FIM Superbike World Championship will be racing this weekend, for the first time ever, at the Intercity Istanbul Park. Located in the Asian side of the largest city in Turkey, the track is 5,340 m long, with 8 left handers, 6 right turns and runs in anti-clockwise direction.

New leader after the German Round Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) is the only rider in the top-5 of the standings who hasn’t raced before on the Turkish track, meaning he has to fill the gap of knowledge during the weekend, while trying to find the best set-up for his ZX-10R. Main title contender Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia), who is only one point behind the Brit, is still recuperating from the shoulder injury that has been bothering him since the second half of July.


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Top 10 Motorcycling Roads Around the World

Top 10 Motorcycling Roads Around the World | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
If money, time, family, jobs and everything else were chucked out the proverbial window, where would you go ride?
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899 Panigale Revealed!

899 Panigale Revealed! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
The 2014 Ducati Superbike 899 Panigale unveiled in Frankfurt
  • Highly anticipated 899 Panigale unveiled by Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, at VW Group Night on the eve of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt
  • The stunning “Supermid”model offers a new way to access the world of Ducati Superbikes
  • 899 Panigale continues monocoque concept, Superquadro engine and benchmark electronics
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 09 September 2013 – The highly-anticipated Ducati 899 Panigale has been unveiled at the VW Group Night in Frankfurt, Germany, on the eve of the IAA International Motor Show, which runs from the 12-22 September. The presentation made by Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali,  represents a preview of the Italian Manufacturer’s exciting 2014 model range.

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Herrin or Hayes or? No TV For Laguna's DMG Finale

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Will Not Be Televised


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 6, 2013) - Officials from AMA Pro Racing and Chet Burks Productions regretfully announced today that the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing classes competing as part of the upcoming FIM Superbike World Championship event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will not be televised, due to unresolvable complications in the production arrangements for the event.


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Man who rode his Ducati faster than 200 kilometres per hour gets to keep his motorcycle

Man who rode his Ducati faster than 200 kilometres per hour gets to keep his motorcycle | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

A B.C. SUPREME Court judge has refused the province's attempt to seize ownership of a 2008 Ducati motorcycle clocked at more than 200 kilometres per hour in a 60 kph zone.

The B.C. director of civil forfeiture sought a court order, which was successfully challenged by Jason Alan Dery.According to the ruling by Justice Gregory Bowden, Dery has 39 motor-vehicle offences since 1990, including five 24-hour suspensions.On July 2, 2011, he was riding his Ducati 1098 motorcycle at 163 kph along Willis Point Road outside of Victoria before accelerating to more than 200 kph.

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I have to say that the logic used by the court is quite unexpected. Not to mention refreshing...

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- Ducati Grandstand at Silverstone MotoGP to double in size for 2014

- Ducati Grandstand at Silverstone MotoGP to double in size for 2014 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Over 1000 fans shared the excitement of last weekend’s MotoGP from the exclusive Ducati Grandstand at Silverstone circuit. For 2014, due to public demand Ducati UK will more than double the number of seats available from 1055 to 2310. The Luffield B Ducati Grandstand was the place to be as Ducati fans found themselves in prime position to see the best of the action at Silverstone. The covered Luffield B Grandstand provided spectators with a view of the bikes thundering down the Wellington Straight into the braking zone for Brooklands Corner before negotiating Luffield. The Luffield complex gave the spectators not only a fantastic view of all the significant action of the race but also produced an amazing atmosphere. - See more at: http://superbike-news.co.uk/wordpress/index.php/Motorcycle-News/ducati-grandstand-silverstone-motogp-double-size-2014#sthash.44OkSLdB.dpuf

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1970s Ducati L-Twin | Motorcycle History

1970s Ducati L-Twin | Motorcycle History | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati engineer Fabio Taglioni drew the design that would turn the tide from the single-cylinder Desmodromic engine to the L-twin Desmodromic configuration.
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Want to see a real piece of history? Click here for a priceless piece of video - Cook Neilson on Old Blue at Laguna Seca

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Put your kids into a Porsche or Ducati

Put your kids into a Porsche or Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Among the brand names that will get an enthusiast’s motor revving are Ducati and Porsche. And now you can share those brands with your children — or grandchildren — long before they’re actually old enough to drive.

If you’re into two wheels, you know Ducati as the iconic Italian motorcycle brand. You likely also know Nicky Hayden as the former AMA Superbike champion who in 2006 won the MotoGP world championship. Hayden has been a Ducati factory racer since 2009 and his name and racing number plate are on the Special Edition Nicky Hayden Ducati Corse Strider.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130905/AUTO03/309050039#ixzz2e28cGF7v

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It was so fun watching the kids race these on #DucatiIsland, and the parents were putting on a pretty good show too....

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Riding the Moreparts Ducati 750SS

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Alan Cathcart rides Mike Hailwood’s Moreparts Ducati 750SS, which Mike and Jim Scaysbrook rode in the 1977 Castrol Six hour.


On June 3, 1978, Mike “The Bike” Hailwood made a fairy tale return to racing when he rode to victory at record speed in the Isle of Man Formula 1 TT aboard his Sports Motorcycles Ducati 900 V-twin. Conventional wisdom says his legendary comeback came 11 years after he last raced in the Island and seven since he last rode a bike in international competition. True on the first count, but the Moreparts Ducati 750SS on permanent display in the Motorcycling Australia Museum proves otherwise on the second.

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I love badass old racers. This one fits the bill nicely...

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Ducati Announces 2014 Bikes Next Week

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The media has been receiving official invitations for the Ducati Press Meeting to be held next Thursday at the manufacturer's Auditorium, in Bologna, Italy.
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I miss the drama of the old days, whispers, rumors and EICMA grand reveals. No longer possible, but it sure was cool......

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Scott Mulvania's comment, September 9, 2013 12:27 PM
Maybe we will see them at the AIMExpo in Orlando next month.
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Iannone still suffering with injured shoulder

Iannone still suffering with injured shoulder | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Andrea Iannone endured a tough ride to 11th place in Sunday’s British Grand Prix, as the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing rider continued to suffer from a painful shoulder.


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Checa: What can I say?

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 Carlos Checa scrapes a pair of top ten finishes at the Nurburgring as rumours suggest he is seeking a way out of Ducati for 2014....  
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This is not unexpected in my opinion.  With Ducati clearly trying to still lure Nicky Hayden to SBK (He's testing the 1199 tomorrow) and Badovini getting better results he's looking down the barrel of low man or worse, no contract offer at all....


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Ducati Monster SR2 800 Café Custom

Ducati Monster SR2 800 Café Custom | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

They call them ‘parts bin specials.’ They're the bikes that have been thrown together from all the leftovers that the other bike builders didn't need. That old second tank. The spare rear shock. You mate's unused set of rims. The very thought of something built this way conjures mental pictures of a franken-bike; something that looks more like the result of a welder gone postal in a bike wreckers than anything that been done with any forethought or planning. But here's a bike that goes a long way to prove that assumption wrong. So far, in fact, that the results look more like something you hope Ducati would built rather than something they'd run from in fright. Meet engineer John Grainge and his Monster SR2 Café Racer.


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This really looks like something I would enjoy spending the day on - all motor and wheels, just looking for a handful of throttle....

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Misano 'bittersweet' for Hayden, 'special' for Dovizioso

Misano 'bittersweet' for Hayden, 'special' for Dovizioso | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Nicky Hayden will make his final Italian appearance as a home factory DucatiMotoGP rider in this weekend's Misano round, just down the road from the manufacturer's Bologna headquarters.


“Misano will be a bit bittersweet this year, as it's my last GP in Italy for the Ducati Team,” said Hayden.
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JvB-Moto Ducati Monster 1100

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Ten years ago, Ducati caused a flurry of interest in the custom world with its International Design Contest.
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Ducati 899 Panigale: your road to the track

The revolutionary technology found in the Monoscocca frame and Superquadro engine, 148 HP delivered with incredible lightness and unprecedented agility, the unmistakable design, Ducati Quick Shift and ABS fitted as standard. This all ensures that the 899 Panigale is just the bike to give a Ducati Superbike adrenalin rush, both on the track and on the road. / 

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Poncharal talks MotoGP calendar expansion

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 “When Argentina and Brazil are knocking on the door and Russia might be interested you can't just say that we have enough races” - Herve Poncharal, IRTA..  


With the draft 2014 MotoGP race schedule set to be released in the coming weeks there has been much speculation about how the expected return of the Brazilian and Argentinean Grands Prix will fall into place on the calendar.

At present the MotoGP calendar consists of 18 races, which could rise to 20 given the addition of the South American rounds and that no existing event is so far confirmed as losing its place.


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Confused about why there might be say, an IndyGP but not a Laguna Seca GP when the US fans seem to prefer the California event? Then you might find this interview interesting.  It's all about the world package (and to the rest of the world Indy is by far the bigger name)

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Social Impact Insights: Andrea Coleman, CEO & Co-Founder of Riders for Health

Social Impact Insights: Andrea Coleman, CEO & Co-Founder of Riders for Health | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Accepted stats claim that there are roughly 180,000 registered charities and about 60,000 social enterprises across the UK. Odds are that as you read this blog post, some enterprising and socially minded individual is busy registering a new charity or social enterprise. While many of these budding social entrepreneurs will boldly go where many others have gone before, due to a mix of access and time, these two groups, the novice and the experienced, don't always have the opportunity to meet and trade war stories.

That's where this blog comes in. Over the next few months, I'll talk to charity and social enterprise leaders about their experiences, lessons, and failures so that they can provide nuggets of insight that may help and, dare I say, inspire the next generation.

And I've got quite the leader for my inaugural interview. There are few social entrepreneurs as inspiring (or successful) as Andrea Coleman, CEO and Co-Founder ofRiders of Health: a social enterprise that manages and maintains health vehicles to transform health care for almost 14 million people in seven countries in Africa.


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Interesting lady, big project, important results. #respect

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MotoGP™ Silverstone 2013 -- Best slow motion

The best super slow motion footage from the 2013 Hertz British Grand Prix, round 12 of the season at the historic Silverstone circuit.
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Slow motion GP bikes. Just Beautiful.

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The opening scene watching the traction control at work is impressive.
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Ducati Multistrada 1200 Hits The Track!

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Hits The Track! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that I love my long-term Multistrada, but taking this bike to the track was yet another reason that it keeps on impressing me. Do I look ridiculous in pictures? Yes. Did people look at me funny at tech inspection? Yes. But, did I pass two 600cc supersport bikes on the front straight and a Panigale in the corners? Also yes.

First things first, I think it looks mean in “race” trim! The angular lights all taped up looked sharp, and stripping off all of the street do-dads lets the Multi show its sleek lines. Adding a slip-on exhaust would have really made it look purposeful, but my goal with the Multistrada long-term assignment has always been simplicity.



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Hayden on the pace in Mugello Panigale WSBK test

Hayden on the pace in Mugello Panigale WSBK test | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
He was straight into the low 1'51s...
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Nick, you need to reset that jogging path back to Bologna where you belong!

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2013 Ducati Panigale R Onboard Video Review

2013 Ducati Panigale R Onboard Video Review | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Kevin Duke gets wired up with a mic and onboard video camera to get some from-the-seat commentary of the Ducati Panigale R.
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I think my whole commentary would be "Woooo Hoooo" 

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Radical Ducati Monster M900

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No one does that raw and sexy retro look as well as Radical Ducati. This custom Monster M900 captures the vibe of vintage endurance racers.
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Hayden To Test Ducati Superbike At Mugello Tomorrow

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Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden will test a Panigale Superbike tomorrow at Mugello.

Hayden is known to have multiple choices for his riding services in 2014, with major offers from Ducati WSBK, Aprilia and LCR Honda. It's unclear if the Aprilia offer for Hayden is for MotoGP or WSBK.

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Here's an idea - offer Nick Hayden a handful of wildcard rides, say the US rounds, and a couple others to seal the deal. Just saying...

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Valentino Rossi Has Raised Nearly £250,000 for Riders for Health Over the Past 10 Years

Valentino Rossi Has Raised Nearly £250,000 for Riders for Health Over the Past 10 Years | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

If you haven’t heard of Riders for Health, it is the official charity of MotoGP, and also happens to be Asphalt & Rubber‘s favorite cause to support. Last year I had the supreme opportunity to attend Rider’s biggest fundraising event, the Day of Champions, which was held the Thursday before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. While unfortunately I missed this year’s event (David and Scott got to attend though), I was very pleased to hear that British MotoGP fans raised £216,249 (over $336,000) for the charity.


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