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De Angelis to cover for Spies at Laguna Seca

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Ignite Pramac Racing has announced that Alex de Angelis will be making a brief return to the MotoGP™ premier class at the upcoming Laguna Seca round. He will substitute for Ben Spies, who should then return at Indianapolis.
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Checa: I expected to take a step forward…

Checa: I expected to take a step forward… | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
 Alstare Ducati's woes with the 1199 Panigale continue as Carlos Checa fails to crack the top ten in either race at Imola. 


Around a circuit where he has won five of the last six races as a Ducati rider, Carlos Checa's victories at Imola seemed a distant memory this weekend as he failed to crack the top ten at this year's event aboard the 1199 Panigale.

Confident of enjoying a step forward around a circuit that was expected to suit the twin-cylinder machine, Checa was instead left floundering the entire weekend, struggling for grip and being comfortably out-paced for the first time by team-mate Ayrton Badovini.


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FOLLOW LIVE | Pikes Peak International Hillclimb

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Carlin's on a solar powered electric bike and the Spider-Grips Multistrada is first in it's class.  Another epic year in the making...

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Ducati describes GP Privateer bike plan for 2014

Ducati describes GP Privateer bike plan for 2014 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

From the start of next season, factory outfits will be able to supply machines to private teams which will be able to run according to so-called ‘non-MSMA’ rules, allowing them several differences when it comes to technical regulations.

“Since the new rules came out for next year, where it is actually possible for a full MotoGP bike to run in what would have been the CRT class – using the single ECU and single software – we are considering to make available the 2013 bike with this package,” Paulo Ciabatti, Ducati’s MotoGP Project Director, explains to motogp.com in an exclusive video interview. 


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video | Dainese Torque RS Out boots

Technology and aggressive design come together in this microfiber racing boot with elevated safety levels ensured by the jointed D-Axial system in TPU that keeps the foot from twisting, the strap on the top of the foot that prevents fractures and the taking off of the boot, the shock absorption heel, inserts in steel and nylon, heel, front and rear shinguards in TPU. 
Construction in D-Stone fabric and calf adjustment possibility ensures a perfect fit for every wearer. A differentiated texture sole and TPU inserts on the internal side ensure better grip while riding.

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Ducati Multistrada vs Hyperstrada vs KTM SMT | Road Test

Ducati's Hyperstrdad gives us a new alternative to KTM's reigning 990 SMT - and to its big brother Multistrada. Or does it?

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Range Rover v/s Ducati Multistrada

Range Rover v/s Ducati Multistrada | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Range Rover and Multistrada are both machines meant to take you beyond your everyday city lives. They’re meant to explore the spirit of Mother Earth. So, that’s what we did! 


It wasn’t supposed to be like this. We were meant to face intense heat, a lifeless land, and be left with huge boils on our skin – all of which was to be accompanied by an unending view of misery. We were to be in the largest salt flat known to man – the Great Rann of Kutch. The Rann maybe a harsh and uninspiring desert, but it has a colourful and rich history, which we wanted to learn more about. We wanted to immerse ourselves in its sheer beauty and walk on the land that was once part of the Arabian Sea – but is now one of the most lifeless places on Earth. We wanted to chat with the locals and understand more about its forgotten past. We wanted to talk to them about the Ghaggar River and the famous Rann Utsav. We wanted to stand and just gape in amazement at the still unexplained ‘dancing lights’ phenomena, which is famously referred to as Chir Batti. This wasn’t planned as just another comparison feature – it was destined to be a journey through culture and history. It was supposed to be a tale of four hateful chaps trying to explore the land that they’d heard so many tales about – that would have been exceptional.


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Ducati Team Assen MotoGP - Thursday Photos

Ducati Team Assen MotoGP - Thursday Photos | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Challenging first day at Assen TT
The first day of on-track action at the Assen TT featured a dry morning free-practice session and a rainy afternoon session. Both presented challenges for the Ducati Team, but as is often the case, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden fared better in the wet.
 
Both riders struggled to find grip in chilly FP1, finishing with the eleventh and twelfth best times. Things also proved difficult in the early going of the afternoon outing, but adjustments resulted in improved rain settings by the end of the 45-minute session, at which point the teammates sat tied at fifth-best with identical times of 1:48.682.
 
However, the faster morning conditions mean that Dovizioso and Hayden were still eleventh and twelfth best on combined times after FP2. The Ducati Team hopes for good conditions tomorrow morning so that they’ll have an opportunity to move into the top ten and thereby advance directly to Q2.
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A Moment With Ducati Artist Chris Woolley | Vicki's View Blog

A Moment With Ducati Artist Chris Woolley | Vicki's View Blog | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

As we head into this weekend’s Pikes Peak event…

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Chris, your website is called TheDucatiArtist.com. Tell us about your choice to specialize in our mutual favorite brand and how that came about?


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Dovizioso: ‘Cooler weather only better for us’

Dovizioso: ‘Cooler weather only better for us’ | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Andrea Dovizioso is quietly confident heading to Assen, believing Ducati Team could make the most of cooler temperatures in Round 7.


Ducati is yet to triumph at Assen since Casey Stoner took the chequered flag in 2008, but the team’s best result so far this season is its double top five finish amid the damp and wet conditions of Le Mans just over a month ago.

“First of all, the weather should certainly be a bit cooler in Holland than it was in Barcelona and that can only be good for us,” Italian Dovizioso begins. “The Assen circuit isn’t like it used to be when it was one of the nicest tracks on the calendar and it’s completely different from the last couple of tracks we’ve been to. I’m curious to see how the Desmosedici will go at Assen.

“We’ll use the same bike that we had at Barcelona, so without the updated frame. I must admit that I haven’t had much luck at Assen and that I’ve only had a pair of third place finishes in the last two years, so we hope to go better this time!”

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Pikes Peak Practice Day 2 of 4 — Spider Grips

Pikes Peak Practice Day 2 of 4 — Spider Grips | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

We are back at Glen Cove today. I suspect that the Pikes Peak Race Organization is using this location rather than Cove Creek which is on the schedule, because the electric motorcycles need the power sources here. There are no services at Cove Creek. So lucky us – we get a second day of testing at Glen Cove – although not to the summit – just to 16 Mile today. - See more at: http://spidergrips.com/spiderg/2013/06/practice-day-2-of-4/#sthash.9gF3RG8n.dpuf

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Video - Behind the Scenes with Andrea Iannone

We delve into the life of Italy's Andrea Iannone, who explains his first experiences of the MotoGP™ class after progressing as a regular Moto2™ front-runner. The Energy T.I. Pramac Racing rider also provides us with the latest handy-cam footage.

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Henry Wiles To Ride Ducati At Lima

Henry Wiles To Ride Ducati At Lima | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Lloyd Brothers team going back to Italian bike
 

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports’ Henry Wiles will be back on the Ducati for this weekend’s Lima Half Mile, the Michigander hoping to make history as the only non-Honda or Harley rider to win a Grand National Half Mile in the last 35 years.

Joe Kopp was the last rider to win on a Ducati, the now-retired 2000 AMA Grand National Champion riding the Lloyd Brothers Ducati to victory in the Prescott Mile in Arizona. With that win in 2010, Kopp became the first non-Honda RS750 or XR750 winner in 28 years, but it came on a mile and not a half mile.

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PPIHC: Carlin Dunne & Lightning Motorcycles Are the Top Bananas at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

PPIHC: Carlin Dunne & Lightning Motorcycles Are the Top Bananas at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

It wasn’t the outright course record that we had hoped for, but Carlin Dunne set a superb 10’00.694 time up the mountain on his Lightning Motorcycles electric superbike, besting the top gas-bike time of the day, a 10’21.323 that was set by Bruno Langlois on his 1205cc class Ducati Multistrada 1200 S.

The first major motorsport event to see an electric motorcycle out perform its gas counterparts, the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will surely be remembered as a turning-point for the historic race, and also for motorsport in general.


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Congrats to top 1205 class Ducati Multistrada rider Bruno Langlois for his excellent 2nd overall in motorcycle's and 1st in class effort

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Video by arrickmaurice on Instagram | Multistradas off the line at Pikes Peak

Multistradas off the line at Pikes Peak! #ducati #ppihc #pikespeak #multistrada1200
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2013 Sportbike Comparison- BMW HP4 vs. Ducati 1199 Panigale R

2013 Sportbike Comparison- BMW HP4 vs. Ducati 1199 Panigale R | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
CW went to Laguna Seca and tested two of the hottest production sportbikes: 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R and the BMW HP4. 


Oh, the lifestyle of the financially affluent motorhead, the one-percenter with a passion for the finest in all things performance-related. While it’s a trend to demonize the wealthy, I say smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em, especially if that involves, say, dusting off the Bugatti with some fliers around the new Circuit of The Americas.

While most of us will never have an experience even remotely approaching that, we motorcyclists are a lucky bunch because bike manufacturers deliver amazing performance to the people. The BMW HP4 and Ducati 1199 Panigale R, the two hottest production sportbikes, are prime examples of this, so off we went to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a midweek day of testing.... 


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Vincent Mechanic 'Big Sid' Biberman, builder of the "Vincati" ends his winning run

Vincent Mechanic 'Big Sid' Biberman, builder of the "Vincati" ends his winning run | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Big Sid” Biberman loved motorcycles, and he loved speed.

As a young man in the 1950s, Biberman would race his drag-style motorcycle, a methanol-fueled red Vincent Rapide nicknamed “The Rattler.” On it, he collected 40 trophies and said he could reach speeds of 160 mph.

Later in life, Biberman gained renown as a gifted mechanic, or “wrench,” specializing in Vincent motorcycles, a British model that went out of business in 1955. In the three years before he died Saturday, Biberman watched as his five-decades-old customized Vincents set eight speed records.

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A respected member of the motorcycle community has passed away. Rest In Peace Big Sid....

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Assen MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso and Hector Barbera penalised for spat

Assen MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso and Hector Barbera penalised for spat | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Andrea Dovizioso and Hector Barbera have both been docked one penalty point following their on-track MotoGP qualifying spat at Assen.Barbera was adjudged to have impeded Dovizioso's Ducati during the Italian's first out-lap on new tyres, riding in what governing body the FIM deemed an "irresponsible manner....

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Twitter / ttcircuitassen: Welcome to The Netherlands! ...

Twitter / ttcircuitassen: Welcome to The Netherlands! ... | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

REMINDER! MOTOGP IS LIVE ON SATURDAY, Not Sunday!

MotoGP TV Schedule:
The Dutch TT from Assen, Netherlands will air LIVE on SPEED on Saturday, June 29nd in a two-hour programming block that starts at 8:00am ET. Qualifying will stream LIVE on SPEED2 on Friday starting at 7:30am ET. #MotoGPonSPEED

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Reminder - Race on Saturday means Fantasy League picks need to be in by early Sat. am. or Friday night

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Pikes Peak | Practice Day 3 of 4 — Spider Grips Team

Pikes Peak | Practice Day 3 of 4 — Spider Grips Team | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Devils Playground – The sunrise from here is amazing – a lot like watching the sun come up from an airplane window.  We are 12,750 ft up on the mountain. Micky is running from here to the summit. After the sun rises the bugs appear – non biting, so it’s not a big deal, but Micky starts coming back into the pit looking like a rider from the Isle of Man – bugs splattered all over him and the bike. - See more at: http://spidergrips.com/spiderg/2013/06/practice-day-3-of-4/#sthash.kDnrpRJQ.bPqKlACZ.dpuf

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Ducati: Dovi worried, slow development

Ducati: Dovi worried, slow development | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

It is a calm and realistic Andrea Dovizioso, as well as not too subtly disappointed, the rider who is getting ready for the Assen GP. It will be the 194th race in his career and the 7th one with a Ducati, that is improving hardly despite the new frame which has then been rejected by official riders.

"It was good to get on the podium with Yamaha last year, but this year with Ducati it is like facing a new track – "Dovi" said during the press conference – It will depend a lot on the weather, we suffer more when it is hot as seen at Mugello and Barcelona, but here the temperatures should be lower with rain maybe".

Do you expect a better result with a possible weather help?

"It will not be easy. I would love to get a good result for the championship, but we must first try to improve our competitiveness. We are working hard, we also did a lot of tests in Montmeló, but we still have not found the desired improvements and we will run with the same frame. Clearly we have to change our direction ".

Were you expecting such a difficult challenge when you signed?

"No, I knew it would have been difficult. After the first tests I was quite happy with the initial results, but we wanted to improve race after race to diminish the gap from the first ones and up to now we haven’t made it".



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Ducati Love is Never Quixotic

Ducati Love is Never Quixotic | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati Monsters. I’ve owned more than 50 of ‘em. I buy them to ride, fix, flip, part out, and stash spares. I get them from disinterested, cash-strapped, and crash-damaged owners. I hunt them down via classified ads and harvest them from the backs of garages and under sun-faded tarps in disheveled backyards. Many of my Monsters were neglected, crashed, or worse. A few were even famous.

Read more: http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/122_1308_ducati_love_is_never_quixotic/#ixzz2XMEAJGKH

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Iannone hoping to get lab Ducati 'shortly'

Iannone hoping to get lab Ducati 'shortly' | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

“I'll still use the same bike I rode since the Sepang II test, and although I would've liked to try the GP13 'lab' bike, maybe that will happen shortly” - Andrea Iannone.. 


Pramac Ducati's MotoGP rookie Andrea Iannone, like factory Desmosedici ridersNicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, will continue on the standard version of the GP13 at Assen this weekend.

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Happy Birthday to Marco Lucchinelli!

Happy Birthday to Marco Lucchinelli! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

From Ducati.net, Ductalk and all your Ducati fans!

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Practice Day 1 of 4 Glen Cove — Spider Grips

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Practice Day 1 of 4 Glen Cove

Glen Cove: 4:00am. Below freezing temps and the wind is blowing. In fact it is blowing hard enough to topple over the orange cones marking the start line for the official practice runs. Also, it is dark. But we’re at Pikes Peak and oh so happy to be in the cold and dark. We unload the van and set up the tire warmers for the first heat cycle using flashlights.

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