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Laguna Seca Ducati DOC Dinner and Sound Contest | Ducati.net

Laguna Seca Ducati DOC Dinner and Sound Contest | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Laguna Seca MotoGP is right around the corner and that means we are taking names for seats at the Friday night Cannery Row Ducati Dinner and Sound Contest.  This is a great evening with good food, camaraderie and a great chance to show off your Ducati’s musical voice.

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Popular “Day of Stars” Event Returns to Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

Popular “Day of Stars” Event Returns to Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Event Provides Exclusive Access to Race Track and MotoGP Riders

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Day of Stars, a popular annual event that allows fifty lucky fans the opportunity to meet the stars of MotoGP, tour the race paddock, pit garages, discover the gorgeous Carmel Valley and ride on a world renowned race track, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

 

The Day of Stars is a benefit event for Riders for Health, the official charity of MotoGP, which is an international non-profit organization that mobilizes health workers in Africa with reliable motorcycles so that they can reach rural communities with essential health care.

 

The exclusive daylong event will be held on Thursday July 18, prior to the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring the MotoGP World Championship and is hosted by American grand-prix legend and Riders for Health co-founder, Randy Mamola.    

 

Day of Stars begins with a continental breakfast at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca follwed by a motorcycle tour of the scenic Carmel Valley. Participants will then return to the race track for a catered lunch before taking a private tour down pit lane. After which, guests will take to the track for parade laps. The day concludes with special interviews with MotoGP riders, team managers and special guests during a live charity auction to benefit Riders for Health, which is open to the general public.

 

In years past, motorcycle racing legends Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and Loris Capirossi as well as current MotoGP stars, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, Cal Crutchlow and Randy De Puniet, have participated in the Day of Stars.

 

Tickets for Day of Stars cost $500, of which $375 is a tax-deductable donation to Riders for Health. Only 50 tickets are available and the event sells out. To purchase tickets call 904-419-9433, visit www.DayofStars.org or go to www.MazdaRaceway.com


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This is the best access to the GP Riders during the Laguna weekend.  If you are able to make the event on Thursday, it's an excellent day for a great cause

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Arizona Fire Destroys 9,000 Motorcycles In One Night

Arizona Fire Destroys 9,000 Motorcycles In One Night | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ron Adler started storing bicycles and motorcycles at his two-acre compound in Rye, Arizona 25 years ago. In that time he amassed approximately 9,000 motorcycles, bicycles, cars, and other things with wheels.
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Soup :: The Good Ship Ducati Is Way Off Corse

Soup :: The Good Ship Ducati Is Way Off Corse | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

It's hard to remember darker days for Ducati's racing team than those of last weekend. Ducati MotoGP struggled all weekend at Assen with essentially not a glimmer of hope throughout the Dutch TT. It was hoped that the WSBK's return to Imola--historically a strong track for the Ducati--would be the first really successful weekend for the Alstare Ducati team and the Superbike-spec Panigale. Instead, both Ayrton Badovini and former series champion Carlos Checa struggled in some ways more at Imola than they have at other racetracks.

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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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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.

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Ducati - Ducati 1199 Panigale wins Red Dot Award

Ducati - Ducati 1199 Panigale wins Red Dot Award | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
  • 4,662 products assessed for the 2013 edition
  • Official award ceremony held Monday, 1 July in Essen, Germany
  • The award-winning Ducati 1199 Panigale to be exhibited in red dot design museum, Singapore.
The Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike, an icon of style, innovation and technology has been judged by a jury of 37 experts and awarded “best-of-the-best” within the product design category of the red dot awards, one of the biggest and most prestigious international design competitions.
 
The 2013 edition of the competition saw a staggering 4,662 products go through the rigorous selection process, with the Bologna-based manufacturer clinching the award for the innovative motorcycle that has further underlined the company’s status as a design icon within the motorcycle industry.
 
Held at the Aalto Theatre in Essen, Germany, on Monday, 1 July, the glittering awards ceremony was attended by some of the biggest names in the world of design. The highly influential audience enjoyed an intriguing display of jury-selected products, of which Ducati’s 1199 Panigale became the star of the show.
 
Ducati’s award-winning Superbike will be exhibited for four weeks at the red dot design museum in Germany, at an exhibition in Taiwan and, for one year, at the impressive red dot design museum in Singapore. The  red dot design award is the only international award that boasts two dedicated design museums, in Germany and Singapore, thus giving further visibility and added credibility to awarded product designs.
 
The 1199 Panigale’s cutting-edge technology and aesthetic brilliance have combined to create a work of art and by going beyond the barriers of motorcycle design, is now enjoying international success. Ducati’s charm has also now spread beyond the boundaries of the motorcycling industry and is fascinating the whole world.


With every single component designed to maximise performance, while achieving aesthetic perfection, the motorcycle’s description further validates its design success. The 1199 Panigale’s shape and form captures light in a way that conveys the dynamism of a body that is solid yet nimble and elegant yet powerful. Its smooth streamlining flows effortlessly from the front fairing to the rear light, artfully housed in the motorcycle’s tail. Even its empty spaces become an essential aspect, with LED lights shaping a surface for the frontal air intakes. Both the engine and exhausts reveal themselves and yet remain hidden, seemingly playing out a subtle game in which exposure constantly interacts with audacious absence. The result expresses the essence of beauty in every last detail leaving the new 1199 Panigale to celebrate Ducati originality, acknowledged by all as the pinnacle of motorcycling design.
 
“The red dot ‘best of the best’ award acknowledges all the hard work put in by everyone at Ducati R&D for over three years,” commented Andrea Ferraresi, Ducati Design Centre Director, during the prize-giving ceremony. “Moreover, joining the ranks of the award’s top winners has made this product – and Ducati – part of product design history. Every single component has been designed to be performance-oriented and function-specific. Together, all these components form a harmonious, light, visually stunning product. Which is just how a Ducati should be.”
 
Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of red dot, highlighted how outstanding design capacity and economic success go hand-in-hand: “The winners of the red dot product design award 2013 are the protagonists of fast developments within the very culture of industrial design. The last few days have seen us engaged in the extremely difficult task of selecting the best, most deserving designs. Indeed, it is sometimes just a single detail that makes the difference when it comes to showing off a product’s special qualities. All these creations have been assessed and examined by the expert and critical eyes of an international red dot jury.”
 
The Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore covers 4000m2 and houses over 2000 products inside one of the world’s greatest contemporary design exhibitions. From 2-28 July, the museum will host the winning products of 2013 in an exhibition entitled “design on stage - red dot award winners: product design 2013”, a unique event that will highlight the latest design trends. The Ducati 1199 Panigale will be a part of the exhibition and visitors will have the opportunity to take a close look at the originality and innovation of this impressive “best-of-the-best” motorcycle in the extraordinary setting of the red dot design museum.
 
Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A – An Audi Group Company
Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by “Desmodromic” performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike.
 
These authentic icons of “made in Italy” are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Asia Pacific markets. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.
 
The Red Dot Design Award
With the red dot design award, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen created one of the world’s most acclaimed competitions. The prize, the “red dot”, has established itself internationally as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen displays the award-winning products in the red dot design museum for at least one year.
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the red dot design award breaks down into different disciplines: the “red dot award: product design”, “red dot award: communication design” and “red dot award: design concept”.


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Apple - iPad in Business - Profiles - Ducati

Apple - iPad in Business - Profiles - Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Thanks to the custom point-of-sales app we built in-house for iPad, our dealers feel like they are part of a community, and more integrated in the company.”

Mario Alvisi, Sales Performance Development Manager, Ducati

Ducati has been synonymous with motorcycles since 1946, when brothers Adriano, Bruno, and Marcello Ducati first attached a lightweight motor to a bicycle frame. Since then, Ducati motorcycles have evolved into internationally coveted dream machines known for their precision engineering, lightning speed, and sleek design. So when the company needed the perfect sales support platform to reflect its high-performance brand, they turned to iPad.

“Ducati is a unique company,” says Cristiano Silei, Ducati’s Vice President of Global Sales. “We don’t have ordinary customers; we have “Ducatistas”-dedicated fans. We don’t have ordinary dealers; we have loyal business partners who love motorcycles. Ducati has always been one of the first companies to apply new technologies to motorcycles. And iPad is a real revolution in the way we communicate with both our dealer network and our customers.”

“It was clear from the start that iPad was the right device. It’s the simplicity, the immediate usability. Everyone understands how it works in just a few minutes.”

Cristiano Silei, Vice President of Global Sales, Ducati


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Ducati's Non-MSMA Entry Machines - A Great Gamble With The New Regulations

At Assen, Ducati MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti revealed to the MotoGP.com website that they, too, will be offering bikes for non-MSMA teams in 2014. While Honda is selling a simplified production racer version of the RC213V, and Yamaha is to lease M1 engines, the package Ducati is offering could turn out to be very interesting indeed. Instead of producing a separate machine, Ducati will be offering the 2013 version of the Desmosedici to private teams, to be entered as non-MSMA entries, and using the spec electronics hardware and software package provided by Magneti Marelli.

Although the current 2013 machine is still far from competitive - at Assen, the two factory Ducatis finished 33 seconds behind the winner Valentino Rossi, and behind the Aprilia ART machine - the special conditions allowed for non-MSMA entries make the Desmosedici a much more interesting proposition. Though the main difference between the MSMA entries (i.e. factory and satellite teams, using bikes run directly from the factories) and non-MSMA entries (i.e. privateer teams, using any bike they like) is in the choice of software for the spec ECU (MSMA entries get to write their own software, non-MSMA entries have to use the standard Marelli software), the amount of fuel (20 vs 24 liters) and the number of engines (5 vs

12), there are a couple of other differences which are also significant.


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De Angelis to cover for Spies at Laguna Seca

De Angelis to cover for Spies at Laguna Seca | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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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