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Backstory Interview - Luke Duke on the Game of HYPE Ducati Stunt Video Series

Backstory Interview - Luke Duke on the Game of HYPE Ducati Stunt Video Series | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Luke “Duke” Emmons and Aaron Twite have been battling for five episodes in Ducati’s Game of Hype. We checked in with the XDL Champion to get the behind the scenes take on filming the series.

StuntBums: How long did the filming take – and which was the most CHALLENGING challenge and why?


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:  Once we got to LA we had to nail down the areas to ride. The only people that knew what could be done at a possible film scene are Aaron and I. Some of the potential areas available would have looked really cool, but the surfaces were either too far gone or polished etc. Also we had to invent 14 tricks that we could do with props and we hadn't been on the bikes yet. Those issues turned out to be tiddlywinks compared to dealing with Aaron’s shenanigans. All in all these challenges dragged the whole trip out to about ten days. 


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Carlos Checa - Q&A

Carlos Checa - Q&A | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Panigale is good for Superstock but not for Superbike, the rules dictate that" – Carlos Checa. 


An exclusive interview with formerMotoGP star and 2011 World Superbike champion Carlos Checa. 

Checa is currently 14th in this year'sWSBK standings for the Ducati Alstare team, after an injury interrupted season on the new Panigale..


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The Best Street Motorcycle Helmets Under $300

The Best Street Motorcycle Helmets Under $300 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

You don’t need to spend big bucks to get a motorcycle helmet that will be safe, comfortable and stylish. Here’s our favorite lids — some of the best available at any price — under $300.


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Forward Racing team courts Hayden and Rea for MotoGP 2014

Forward Racing team courts Hayden and Rea for MotoGP 2014 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Forward Racing is courting a host of new riders for the team's 2014 privateer Yamaha bikes, according its owner Giovanni Cuzari.He told the official MotoGP website that in addition to present riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti, he is "speaking with Nicky Hayden, Aleix Espargaro and Jonathan Rea. Rea has also been linked with a 2014 Production Honda ride, while Hayden is on the wishlist of the LCR team to ride the new Production (privateer) Honda.


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This is what I heard all weekend so I have reason to believe this is correct.  I still don't grasp why the lure of the mid GP paddock would be stronger than the potential of a long happy career as a brand ambassador with Ducati as a SBK rider and eventual "elder statesman". The depth of his Ducati fan base is fairly bottomless, building a new one at Yamaha or rebuilding one at Honda will be difficult.  I suspect he's going to miss all that love. Of course I'm not exactly unbiased.....

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Elton Alwine's comment, August 21, 2013 9:51 PM
I completely agree. While I have almost forgotten about World Superbike the past few years I would almost certainly watch again with Nicky on a Panigale as I would begin to lose interest in MotoGP and its increasingly pro-Spanish onslaught. Why would Nicky want to be like Colin Edwards, fighting for 15th place every weekend?
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Spy Photo: Ducati 899 Spotted on FaceBook

Spy Photo: Ducati 899  Spotted on FaceBook | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
A Ducati fan on Facebook has snagged this first photo of the forthcoming Ducati 899. Based on the 1199's "frameless" setup, this bike will be equipped with a smaller motor, double-sided swingarm and a lower price tag.


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Motorcycles: Five questions with four MotoGP racers

Motorcycles: Five questions with four MotoGP racers | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

As the motorcycle world championship races gear up for the second half of the 2013 season in Indianapolis, USA TODAY checks in with four racers....


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IndyGP - Saturday Night Flat Track Races | Vicki's View Photo Gallery

IndyGP - Saturday Night Flat Track Races | Vicki's View Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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Best place to see the GP teams out and about, Saturday night at the Indy Mile is about the baddast ass racing you will ever see. This is the real deal. Best part of the IndyGP contract renewal might be we get to see another year of the greatest show in racing...

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Ben Spies out of Indy MotoGP - Sport Rider Magazine

Ben Spies out of Indy MotoGP - Sport Rider Magazine | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

American Ben Spies, who was making a long-awaited return to MotoGP racing at this weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, has ruled himself out of the Indy race due to suffering a grade-three separation of his left shoulder after crashing in Turn Four during the Saturday morning practice. Spies’ right shoulder—which forced him to miss three months of the season due to damage suffered in a crash at Sepang last year that required surgery—was apparently uninjured. Although he will see doctors on Monday to determine his recovery period, the severity of the separation of his left shoulder will likely mean the Texan will be out of action for at least three-four weeks at a minimum

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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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I really thought this would be the last Indy but all day we keep hearing the track really wants to keep 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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If there was ever a photo worth 1000 words, it's this one.

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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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Piper Perabo turns biker girl as she hops on a Ducati on the set of Covert Affairs

Piper Perabo turns biker girl as she hops on a Ducati on the set of Covert Affairs | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Piper Perabo, 36, stylishly mounted a sleek Italian motorcycle on Wednesday on the Toronto, Canada set of her television show Covert Affairs.
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Pirro called to replace Spies again

Pirro called to replace Spies again | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati test rider Michele Pirro has been recalled to the Pramac team for this weekend's Czech Grand Prix following Ben Spies' latest injury.
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Silly Season Update: Forward's Privateer Yamaha M1s, Hayden's Future, And Honda's Production Racers | MotoMatters.com

With all of the prototype seats occupied for 2014 - barring a contractual bust up between Ducati and Ben Spies, which is only an expensive theoretical possibility at the moment - battle has commenced for the rest of the MotoGP seats regarded as being most competitive. While the factory bikes - the bikes in the factory and satellite teams being raced as MSMA entries - are all taken, the privateer machines - using Dorna spec ECU software and extra fuel - are still mostly up for grabs.


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IndyGP 2013 Sunday | Vicki's View Photos

IndyGP 2013 Sunday | Vicki's View Photos | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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Stay tuned for the full gallery, Indy this year really delivered a full schedule of things for Ducati fans to do and see...

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Indy secures MotoGP future, Laguna Seca to be axed?

The legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) will remain on the MotoGP calendar in 2014, as doubts have emerged about the future of the Laguna Seca round in California.

Earlier this year IMS management said a decision on whether to go ahead with the final year of its contract with Dorna next season would be decided following this weekend’s race.


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MotoGP will return to the Brickyard next season

MotoGP will return to the Brickyard next season | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that MotoGP will return to the Brickyard’s 2.6-mile road course in 2014, with an expected race date of mid-August to be announced later.According to a press release from the track, IMS and MotoGP promoter Dorna have begun discussions about a long-term pact beyond next year, which marks the end of the current contract.


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This announcement suggests the Speedway has most likely agreed to an infield repaving project, track condition has consistantly come up as one of the discussion points for a renewed, extended contract

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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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