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Ben Spies Drag Races Modified Ducati Diavel at Indy- Part 2

Ben Spies Drag Races Modified Ducati Diavel at Indy- Part 2 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ben Spies made history on Thursday by performing the first drag-race-style pass of any kind—two or four wheels—on the back straight of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval.

Built by Jeff Nash, owner of Advanced Motorsports Ducati in Dallas, Texas, the radical, open-header Diavelcould be heard on the opposite side of the racetrack. After a short warm-up run, Spies pointed the bike toward Turn 3, clicked the transmission into first gear and laid down a textbook burnout. Moments later, the PramacDucati MotoGP rider disappeared into the heat waves rising off the tarmac.


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Organizers hope to extend MotoGP deal

Organizers hope to extend MotoGP deal | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Organizers are nearing a deal to keep Indianapolis on next season's MotoGP and an announcement could come as early as this weekend.Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles told The Associated Press on Friday that he has met four or five times with Dorna officials about keeping the race.


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Q&A: Randy Mamola Talks About the MotoGP Season So Far

Q&A: Randy Mamola Talks About the MotoGP Season So Far | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

With MotoGP’s summer break officially underway (and just days away from now concluding), Asphalt & Rubber sat down with Randy Mamola at the finish of the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, to get the Grand Prix legend’s perspective on how the 2013 MotoGP Championship was shaping up so far in his eyes. 


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Always enjoy commentary by one of the most informative insiders in the sport. Plenty of good insight on Nicky Hayden's position towards the article end.

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Crutchlow Speaks: No Choice But Ducati

Crutchlow Speaks: No Choice But Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Cal Crutchlow says he simply had no other choice but to accept the biggest payday of his career to become the latest 'savior' for Ducati's troubled Desmosedici MotoGP project. 

A two-year deal that will secure his financial future and a contract that guarantees his status as factory rider proved irresistible to the 27-year-old Briton. 


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Game of HYPE: No-Spill Challenge

Game of HYPE: No-Spill Challenge | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Luke and Aaron are making a mess again! Check out the craziness as both riders compete to see who can finish this challenging course with the quickest time a...
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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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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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Rossi talks Crutchlow Ducati move

Rossi talks Crutchlow Ducati move | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Valentino Rossi believes Cal Crutchlow's chances of success at Ducati will depend largely on whether the Italian factory can 'raise the level' of its Desmosedici motorcycle.

Rossi endured the only winless seasons of his career at Ducati during 2011 and 2012, prompting a return to the official Yamaha team.


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IndyGP - Thursday | photo gallery | Vicki's view

IndyGP - Thursday | photo gallery | Vicki's view | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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Ducati's winning secret | Mat Oxley

Ducati's winning secret | Mat Oxley | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

It’s going to be a weird weekend for Cal Crutchlow. He will be contesting the Indianapolis GP for Monster Yamaha but I suspect that journalists at his daily media debriefs will only be interested in asking him questions about the bike he’ll be riding next year.


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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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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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