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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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Cal Crutchlow vows not to ‘wreck’ Tech 3 team

Cal Crutchlow vows not to ‘wreck’ Tech 3 team | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Cal Crutchlow wants current crew chief Daniele Romagnoli to join him at Ducati in 2014 but insists he will not decimate his side of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team when he leaves to join the Bologna factory. The 27-year-old has penned a two-year deal with Ducati and key personnel from his current French-based Tech 3 squad have been linked with a switch to help him tame the struggling Desmosedici.


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5th Annual Ducati TT & F1 Symposium – October 4 – 6th, 2013 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - loudbike

5th Annual Ducati TT & F1 Symposium – October 4 – 6th, 2013 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - loudbike | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since Lou Saif held the first Ducati TT & F1 Symposium; an informal gathering of Ducati TT and F1 aficionados and machines at his shop in Queens, NY.  While the event has grown to attract an International audience, it maintains the grass-roots flavor that has made it so popular and continues its celebration of Ducati’s 2V belt-drive racers from the 80’s. 

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic passing of one of America’s great racers - Jimmy Adamo.  Although he also raced Ducati bevel twins, early examples of the 4V racers and Cagiva’s 500GP bike, Jimmy rode the wheels off a number of TT1 and TT2-based machines during his career.

The 5th Annual Ducati TT & F1 Symposium will be dedicated to the late Jimmy Adamo and Team Leoni  - and we’re fortunate to have an incredible assortment of his old rides.  As of this date, the last of Jimmy’s mighty bevel racers will be there as well as the Mille-based racer that was trie d out during the ‘88 season.  The TT2 based 750 is in the process of a restoration as is Jimmy’s final 750 TT1.  The Cagiva 500 will be the along with his 851 racer and a fine collection of memorabilia.

Jimmy’s long-time tuner, Reno Leoni will be making the trip over from Italy to join us in celebrating the memory of this great racer and for the third year in a row, TT ace Tony Rutter’s tuner Pat Slinn will be making the trip over from the UK.


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The Best Mesh Motorcycle Jackets Under $300 - RideApart

The Best Mesh Motorcycle Jackets Under $300 - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Suffering in the summer heat but don't want to break the bank on a jacket you'll only be able to wear for a couple more months?
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Lots of good options here, although where we are at the moment, a rain suit review might be better!

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The motorcycle accident attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC want you to know that wearing motorcycle safety gear like this jacket can help prevent serious friction burns, chafing and other ailments that are experienced by fallen riders.  Learn more at the the Ehline Law Firm PC motorcycle accident blog here.

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Game of HYPE: Target Practice (update:new link, see below)

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The Ducati game of HYPE! - Target Practice. Watch as Luke and Aaron compete to see who has the skill to drift and wheelie their Hypermotard through a skills course and precisely hit all three targets laid out for them. Video 2 of 5

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Great stunts, Ducati bikes?  What more do you need???

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Ducati Team at Silverstone SBK | Sunday

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Carlos Checa: “The two races were quite similar. When it started to rain in race one I found it hard to immediately understand the limits; I slowed too much in that moment and then, once I’d got back into my rhythm, I’d lost too much time and was unable to reach those ahead of me. In the dry I was just about able to stick with the others this wasn't possible in the wet. In the second race it didn’t rain heavily until the later stages. There were points in which my bike ran quite smoothly and others in which I could feel the lack of power. But in those mixed conditions I made an evaluation and decided that there was no point taking risks for the little that I could have gained. Speaking in general about the whole weekend, the positive thing is that we have found a good setting in the dry, working well as far as the chassis and suspension is concerned and so I’m pleased from that point of view.”


Ayrton Badovini: “Today’s conditions were strange. I’m fairly happy because I wasn’t particularly fast during the weekend’s dry sessions but feel that I’ve taken a step forward today. In race 1 I made a good recovery but if the rain had arrived earlier I think I could have done even better. Race 2 was more complicated, I was a little bit hemmed in at the start and while there were drops of rain throughout the entire race it only came down heavy at the end. I think I made two solid top ten finishes considering the conditions and hope that at Nurburgring we have the opportunity to use the softer tyre that we were using prior to Moscow and are able to take another step forward.”

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Where did it go wrong for Ducati?

Where did it go wrong for Ducati? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
How did Ducati go from the first non-Japanese manufacturer to win a riders' title in over 30 years to no race wins in three seasons?


In 2007, at the dawn of the new 800cc era and five years after their return to Grand Prix racing, Ducati won the World Championship with Casey Stoner.

Since then, no-one but Stoner has brought the Desmosedici to victory and the team look far from adding to their one and only world title.

They have been accused of killing the career of Marco Melandri, and of nearly doing likewise to the untouchable Valentino Rossi.


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Rotary-Mounted Cam + Motorcycle Gymkhana = Awesome

Rotary-Mounted Cam + Motorcycle Gymkhana = Awesome | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Motorcycle gymkhana is perhaps the ultimate test of any road racer’s bike control. Navigating machines through courses of curves and cones, it boggles even this veteran rider’s mind at the level of precision that goes into every maneuver, and every video of these special events is a free tutorial on the benefits of smooth throttle, brake, and clutch actuation.It’s not like we need a real good reason to post up today’s installment, but someone finally figured out that a counterbalanced rotary video rig would be an awesome point-of-view perspective for this form of two-wheeled racing.


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 No Ducati content but given the amount of Go Pros I saw on Ducati Island the technology used here is going to be mighty appealing...

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Cal Crutchlow Signs With Ducati Corse, Replaces Nicky Hayden For 2014

Cal Crutchlow with Ducati beginning next season
 
Ducati has reached an agreement with Cal Crutchlow that will have the Briton campaigning the 2014 and 2015 MotoGP race seasons with the Ducati Team. Crutchlow will race alongside Andrea Dovizioso. The British rider and the Italian, who were team-mates in 2012, will work on developing the Desmosedici and growing Ducati’s MotoGP project.
 
The 2009 World Supersport champion and 2011 MotoGP Rookie of the Year, Crutchlow is presently enjoying his strongest GP season to date, sitting fifth in the championship points standings. He has posted four podium finishes in the first nine races, and he earned his first MotoGP pole position at the Dutch TT.
 
The end of the 2013 season will also mark the completion of Nicky Hayden’s five-year professional relationship with the Ducati Team. Ducati would like to thank Nicky for his contributions during that time, and everyone on the team and at Ducati Corse looks forward to giving him and Andrea their full support over the second half of the 2013 season.
 
 
 
   
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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring - Touring Mode and Returning Rider Therapy

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring - Touring Mode and Returning Rider Therapy | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Multistrada 1200 S Touring sublimely tips into a series of corners for another strafing run of the camera.  I’ve been on the road a week, scheduling in rides as part of my recovery from a broken collarbone, and the Ducati has been a brilliant physical therapist – egging me on to push a little more with every corner.  Shockingly easy to ride for one returning to the sport, the mode selector has been ratcheted up to touring; offering a softer 150hp LOW setting, suspension set to a rider plus luggage and long distance comfortable, ABS intervention in full nanny mode, and the traction control pushed to midrange.


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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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Kevin Ash Fund - Auction for Kevins Last Lap Event | Silverstone, August 9th

Kevin Ash Fund -  Auction  for Kevins Last  Lap Event | Silverstone, August 9th | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Place a bid online for Carlos Checa's actual signed boots, still with gravel emebedded in the bottom! What about a signed Nicky Hayden hat? Or maybe if you fancy owning a Crescent Suzuki crashed racing seat unit signed by WSB riders Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel? Rossi helmet (with a personalised signature) and Dani Pedrosa leathers up for grabs too! Have a look and place a bid here!

http://www.i-bidder.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/kevin-ash-fund/catalogue-id-5777

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"Ducati Scrambler" Trademarked at the USPTO

"Ducati Scrambler" Trademarked at the USPTO | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Last month, Asphalt & Rubberbroke the news that Ducati was working on a scrambler-style machine, appropriately named the Ducati Scrambler.

The machine is said to be similar in design to the one Pierre Terblanche inked while he was with the Bologna Brand, though reports and sources have varied on what sort of motor the new model would use in its final form.

Whether it be water or liquid-cooled, single or twin-cylindered, the 2014 Ducati Scambler cometh, and A&Rhas the trademark application to prove it.


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motogp.com · Ducati two-seater: the ride of your life

motogp.com · Ducati two-seater: the ride of your life | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Riders for Health is offering race fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get OnBoard a MotoGP™ bike piloted by legendary Grand Prix racer Randy Mamola at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport.
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Very Special Lunch at Alstare Hospitality Unit | Silverstone Photo Gallery

Very Special Lunch at Alstare Hospitality Unit | Silverstone Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

by Olivier Limousin, head chef at - Michelin-starred - L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at London

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Bellingham film about motorcycle racing speeds toward completion

Bellingham film about motorcycle racing speeds toward completion | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
"Out of Nothing," a documentary in the works about motorcycle land speed racing, features a heavy dose of Whatcom County, both on the screen and behind the cameras. 

So it's fitting that one the county's most recognizable residents, comedian Ryan Stiles, is the face of an online appeal for donations to help finance the film's finishing touches.


Stiles, one of the documentary's producers, became involved with the project at the urging of fellow producer Andrew Lahmann of Bellingham, who had worked with Stiles on a pilot TV show 



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Ducati Team at Silverstone SBK | Superpole Gallery

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Front row start for Checa and Team SBK Ducati Alstare in tomorrow’s SBK races at Silverstone!
Silverstone (UK), Saturday 3 August 2013: after an extended Superpole, caused by the onset of rain during the third phase, Checa and his technicians managed the final (‘wet’) session perfectly, securing themselves a position on the front row of the grid, second, for tomorrow’s SBK races at the Silverstone circuit.

Carlos Checa: “We managed the final ‘wet’ session really well; I went straight out and was lying fourth when it started to rain and we thought it would stay wet until the end. Instead, in the final minutes, I saw that others were going back out so I decided to head out too. I took some risks because at that point I didn’t know if there were damp sections or not but let’s say it was worth it because I finished second. I’m pleased because after yesterday’s problems we’ve taken a big step forward today and I was able to lap well with the race tyre too, recording some very good times in the Superpole. It won’t be easy tomorrow but I hope to be able to make a good start and be there fighting with the leaders. I want to thank my team who’ve worked really hard all weekend, and especially for how they managed this afternoon’s atypical Superpole.”
 
Ayrton Badovini: “I’m not at all pleased with how today went – I expected to be able to do more and at least reach phase two. Unfortunately, like yesterday, I suffered from a lack of grip and also chattering. The qualifier didn’t really give me the advantage that I hoped to see and so my Superpole came to an end straight away. It won’t be easy from the fourth row…. We’ll have to see what conditions are like tomorrow and take it from there but in my case it would be useful if it rained…”
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From Silverstone, Great Britain.

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Silverstone - Superpole qualifying times | Checa on Front Row | Crash.Net

Silverstone - Superpole qualifying times |  Checa on Front Row | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Full Superpole qualifying times for the ninth round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Silverstone, United Kingdom. 


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Is it wrong to be happy about this more because it might convince Nicky to stay??? :-)

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Is it wrong to be happy about this more because it might convince Nicky to stay??? :-)

Kevin Gettmann's comment, August 4, 2013 12:46 AM
Checa and Hayden would make SBK as popular as MotoGP for me.
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eBay Auction| Riders For Health| Bridgestone MotoGP VIP golf event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

eBay Auction| Riders For Health| Bridgestone MotoGP VIP golf event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

 Chance to meet Kenny Roberts, Colin Edwards and more

Riders for Health and Bridgestone are giving MotoGPTM fans the chance to take part in an exclusive VIP golf event ahead of the MotoGP at Indianapolis to raise money for Riders' lifesaving work in Africa.

Bid for the chance to join motorcycling legends, Kenny Roberts and Randy Mamola as well as current MotoGP stars Colin Edwards, Alvaro Bautista and Bryan Staring; Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and IndyCar drivers Graham Rahal and Simona de Silvestro.


The Bridgestone Golf Performance Challenge will take place on Thursday 15 August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

As well as playing three holes on the exclusive Brickyard Crossing course at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The winning bidder will also join the prize giving ceremony, lunch and pre-event media interviews.


 


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Golfer/GP fans this is a unique way to meet and spend time with some of GP racing's biggest names, write it off and feel great about the donation.  Just perfect!

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Crutchlow's Ducati move a gamble worth taking

Crutchlow's Ducati move a gamble worth taking | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Cal Crutchlow's move to Ducati is a gamble but it was too good an opportunity to turn down, says BBC commentator Steve Parrish


There is no doubting that Cal Crutchlow's move to Ducati is a gamble but motorcycle riders are gamblers and this was too good an opportunity for him to turn down.

There are a few reasons why I think he left Yamaha and their satellite Tech 3 outfit. One, there's clearly the financial benefits of racing with a factory team. MotoGP is the same as any other sport: there's a narrow window for a rider to compete at the top and they have to think about their future.


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Intelligent recap of the why's and how's of this move.

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video | Game of HYPE: Wheelie Challenge

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! - Wheelie Challenge. See who can pull off the highest Hypermotard wheelie in this amazing contest of balance and control.

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Nice! A couple of really good stunters on Ducati's. How fun....

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