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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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Silverstone MotoGP 2013 | Friday and Saturday Ducati Team Photos

Silverstone MotoGP 2013 | Friday and Saturday Ducati Team Photos | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Photos Courtesy of Ducati Corse

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Pole Position for Team SBK Ducati Alstare at Nurburgring | Ducati.net

Pole Position for Team SBK Ducati Alstare at Nurburgring | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

At the end of an extremely hard-fought Superpole, which took place in wet conditions today at the German Nurburgring, it was Ayrton Badovini and Team SBK Ducati Alstare who snatched pole position this afternoon, the second pole of the season for the team and the first of Badovini’s career in the Superbike category. In second qualifying, which took place this morning on a cooler track than yesterday (18˚C), Badovini was able to improve significantly on yesterday’s times, lowering his best time by more than a second to record a 1’55.0 that projected him into tenth position. A small crash in the final stages caused him to lose valuable time but he nevertheless maintained tenth position. Carlos, having lost all of yesterday afternoon’s session due to a crash, worked hard with his technicians but unfortunately his fastest lap was not enough to qualify for the Superpole.


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2013 Silverstone MotoGP Friday Round Up: Nicky Hayden Issues A Retraction, Some Intimidation, And Pedrosa Cheers The Media

The media duties are one of the more difficult parts of a MotoGP rider's job. Every day they spend at a racetrack, they have to spend 10 to 15 minutes answering a barrage of questions from the assembled press. The questions range from stating the obvious, to inane ramblings, to blatant provocation chasing a printable quote, and even, on the odd very rare occasion, to sensible questions provoking subtle and thoughtful answers. In terms of time, the scope of the questions can range from what happened five minutes ago to events of five or ten years ago.


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Hayden: Carbon frame had a lot of potential

Hayden: Carbon frame had a lot of potential | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Nicky Hayden will leave Ducati at the end of the season wondering what might have been had the factory stuck with a carbon fibre frame for the 1000cc MotoGP era. 

While its Japanese rivals have used twin spar aluminium frames for decades, Ducati entered MotoGP with its traditional steel trellis design in 2003. 


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Barber Vintage Festival Planning Information | Vicki's View

Barber Vintage Festival Planning Information | Vicki's View | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - October 11, 12 & 13, 2013

Hard to believe but October is looming and that means Barber Vintage Festival is almost here.  This is an annual pilgrimage for many of the Ducati.net family and members so I thought I would post all the details I have so far to help anyone planning to join us get booked and organize the schedule. For those that have never been to the BVF, it’s hard to describe the level of entertainment this weekend provides.  And everything from the latest Panigale to a Ducati Cucciolo is perfectly welcome.  The event itself draws a GP sized crowd, tickets are $40 and kids under 12 are free. As someone that plans events I am always impressed with how much there is to do, how interesting and varied it all is and how high the cost vs entertainment value is.  This allows me to provide a framework – central hotel and track hang out, lunch one day, dinner the next and evening chat forum and Barber’s fills in all the other gaps.  It’s actually not really possible to do it all, there is so much going on.  Here’s a loose list of what you can expect in your $40 admission ticket:


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Was Ducati a Decade Early With Its SportClassic Range? Apparently, It Believes So

Was Ducati a Decade Early With Its SportClassic Range? Apparently, It Believes So | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Pictured above is a 2008 Ducati GT1000, part of its SportClassic range of motorcycles first displayed way back in 2003. The range was discontinued due to poor sales, but according to an article on the MCN web site Ducati believes the time is right to bring classic looking, air-cooled bikes back. This time they will be under the “Scrambler” moniker, according to MCN.


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Really looking forward to seeing what Ducati will be calling a Scrambler as an owner of a couple of vintage Scramblers. Also, for what it's worth, that SR400 looks like a perfect around town customizable little cafe racer. Very appealing...

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AMA Flat Track Virginia Mega Mile Results 2013

AMA Flat Track Virginia Mega Mile Results 2013 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J P Cycles headed to Colonial Downs for Round 9 and the inaugural Virginia Mega Mile.


Jared Mees (Rogers Racing/Harley-Davidson) took home his first victory in 2013 to close out Saturday's Virginia Mega Mile, Round 9 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles season. The inaugural event on Colonial Downs' supersized 1.25-mile circuit in New Kent, Va. proved to be a wild one. For the first half of the race, Bryan Smith (Crosley Radio/Kawasaki) looked to be well on his way to a third 2013 victory until he suffered a bike malfunction on lap eight, opening up the flood gates for his competitors. Defending Grand National Champion Mees took full advantage of Smith's mishap, taking the lead and never relinquishing it for the remainder of the 18-lap main event.


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Congrats to Henry Wiles for his outstanding result

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Ben Spies apologizes to Carlo Pernat

Ben Spies apologizes to Carlo Pernat | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

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After the crime, the apology. Hoping that it is not just crocodile tears. Ben Spies and his mother Mary made a call last night to Carlo Pernat , the subject of a comment infangante posted on Twitter by the Texan in recent days. Ben and his mom called me - confirms the Genoese manager - and we talked for a long time. I gladly accepted their apologies, for me the matter is closed . " Pernat reacted with elegance in an act condemned by the whole paddock and the Ducati in the first place.

Yesterday the justifications to the act were multiple and contradictory to each other . The first was that Ben was under the effects of anesthesia, although the tweet in reference to the transaction was the next day. Then, through Superbikeplanet , Mary Spies has declared puzzled by the fact that that message had been awarded to her or her son. He also added that Ben had not at that moment the phone with him, and even though he had written it on marine biotoxins in Pernat would not be so obvious. Even the child would know six Carlo, does not specify whether it is his habit then name them all publicly with unflattering terms.

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More on this odd situation, which I have a hard time believing  is now "water under the bridge"...

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Ducati Multistrada 1200S | Doin' Time

Ducati Multistrada 1200S | Doin' Time | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Last month, I was pretty high on my horse about not adding parts to the mighty Multistrada, and I’m proud to say I have managed to spend the last 4 weeks without succumbing to any temptation to drape this Ducati in carbon fiber or billet parts.
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Cycle World Magazine

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Ducati, Sometimes It's Like I Don't Even Know You

Ducati, Sometimes It's Like I Don't Even Know You | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

I had a good chuckle last week, you see one of my Facebook groups posted up some rumors they heard about the upcoming Ducati middleweight sport bike -- namely that it would have a double-sided swingarm...

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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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Walt Siegl Ducati cafe racer

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There’s a steady demand for Walt Siegl’s Leggero café racers. And looking at these images of his latest build, it’s not hard to see why: timeless lines, well-chosen components, and immaculate build quality.
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Come check out Walt's beautiful work at Barber Vintage Festival in October in the Ducati.net area...

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"Lace Up Your Shoes, Boys"

"Lace Up Your Shoes, Boys" | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

When the Hayden boys, Tom, Nicky and Roger Lee, talk to one another, sometimes it's almost like they speak in a special Hayden clan code. And unless you're a close friend of the family you're never going to know any of the code phrases or what they mean. It's not a secret society or anything. Those three have been racing and riding together for over twenty years now and after a while I suppose they just stopped finishing each other's sentences because they could convey their thoughts with just a few words and a look.

I only know two of the phrases, or think I do anyway. The first one is when discussing another rider, one of the boys will look at his brother and say, "Yeah, I don't think his dad beat him very much."


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The Ducati Diavel Strada - First Ride

The Ducati Diavel Strada - First Ride | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Diavel is a unique motorcycle.  It is difficult to know what the hell (pun intended) Ducati wanted to accomplish with it. The Diavel project began under the leadership of Ducati’s previous design chief, Pierre Terblanche, who commissioned Glynn Kerr, freelance designer and design columnist for Motorcycle Consumer News, to produce the initial concept sketches.


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2003-2006 Ducati 999 - Motorcyclist

2003-2006 Ducati 999 - Motorcyclist | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducatis often inspire two conflicting impulses: one to ride the wheels off them; the other to put them in glass cases to show them off. The 999 largely failed to inspire either riders or collectors. Some blame the Pierre Terblanche-penned styling, which looked oddly rounded and old-school alongside the visually arresting 916. Others point to the adjustable ergonomics as the reason the bike was spurned by hardcore sport riders, who preferred their bikes to dictate the riding position rather than vice-versa.


The shoebox muffler and conventional, double-sided swingarm make some purists sneer, but t

Whatever the reason, the 999 fell through the cracks when it was introduced. Now, however, it’s a great introduction to the Ducati legend; one that doesn’t ask for more than you’re willing to give, yet gives you more than you might have expected in return.



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Checa tests Ducati WSBK laboratory bike

Checa tests Ducati WSBK laboratory bike | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati's Alstare World Superbike team have adopted the same strategy as their MotoGP counterparts and constructed a laboratory bike which Carlos Checa tested
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Beyond the Ben Spies Twitter Fiasco

Beyond the Ben Spies Twitter Fiasco | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ben Spies was, and perhaps still is, America’s great white hope when it comes to MotoGP racing. A sensational young rider, Spies cut his teeth in the AMA on six class championships before going onto winning the World Superbike Championship in his rookie season.

Fast-tracked into MotoGP, Spies served his time, by rule, in Hervé Poncharal’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, before finally getting the nod into Yamaha Racing’s factory outfit.

 

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Hayden: Nowhere to put in a clean pass

Hayden: Nowhere to put in a clean pass | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

“There was really nowhere to put in a clean pass without making it touchy” - Nicky Hayden..  


Unlike at Indianapolis a week earlier,Nicky Hayden resisted the temptation to put in a 'touchy' last-gasp pass on Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso at Brno.

The pair had clashed at the final corner in Indy, allowing Bradley Smith to pass them both for eighth.

This time it was for seventh place, with Dovizioso taking the flag just 0.339s in front of Hayden.


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Tweet Allegedley From Spies' Account Has MotoGP Howling

Tweet Allegedley From Spies' Account Has MotoGP Howling | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Reportedly, Ben Spies' Twitter account had a post yesterday which now has eyebrows fully raised in the MotoGP paddock.

Spies underwent surgery on both of his shoulders yesterday and is expected to be off the bike for an additional eight to ten weeks.

At one point, presumably before the surgery, Spies' Twitter account had a message which read Saw the doc today. not great. Off to surgery tomorrow! Bet Carlo is so excited he wont remember to wipe the powder off his nose.


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IndyGP Photo Gallery – Vicki’s View

IndyGP Photo Gallery – Vicki’s View | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati fans found plenty to do at Indy this year. Between the Ducati Indy open house, DOC dinner and bike show, Euro bike night, flat track races, motorcycle scene downtown and red snake ride, the track action, parking lot and grandstand, not to mention the biggest grandest Ducati store ever and the Ducati basecamp hotel, well, the best deal in MotoGP worldwide lived up to it’s billing. And contrary to the rampant rumors, it’s on for next year again.
Photos and story by Vicki Smith/Ducati.net 


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