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Crutchlow's Ducati move a gamble worth taking

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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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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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Technical Analysis: 90-Degree V-Four Engine- MotoGP Racing

Technical Analysis: 90-Degree V-Four Engine- MotoGP Racing | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Has Honda done what Ducati couldn’t in MotoGP?  

Have a look at this engine cross-section line drawing. It purports to be a patent drawing of a “super streetbike” that Honda will build as a homologation special for the FIM Superbike World Championship. And it is said to be closely related to the production racer Honda plans to offer for sale to race teams for the 2014 MotoGP season.

As you can see, this is a 90-degree V-Four. The front cylinders’ axis is 35 degrees above horizontal. Remind you of a Ducati? Why, yes! For two years, some have been saying that Ducati’s problems in MotoGP come from the excessive bulk of its 90-degree V-Four, pushing the engine’s cg so far back from the front wheel that there’s not enough load on the front to keep the tire hot. But wait! Recently, Honda arranged an impromptu “photo op” in which its highly successful and series-leading RC213V engine was seen to also have a 90-degree Vee angle. Revelation!


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Crutchlow signs two-year Ducati deal

Crutchlow signs two-year Ducati deal | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Cal Crutchlow will leave his Tech 3 Yamaha team at the end of the season after signing a two-year deal with the factory Ducati team.
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What is it Like to Live With the Ducati Panigale?

What is it Like to Live With the Ducati Panigale? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Daily life with a Ducati Panigale: what is it like to ride in the city?


After testing the Ducati 1199 Panigale on the pristine Yas Marina Circuit racetrack in Abu Dhabi and the stunning new Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, I basked in the real life fantasy of closed courses coupled with raw horsepower.


As immensely capable as the Panigale R and S may have been under those circumstances, racetrack riding is still a thin sliver of the environments in which most owners will actually ride their motorcycles.

That said, I decided to ask the favor of borrowing a Panigale S for street use and spend a week riding the red beauty around the streets and freeways of Los Angeles, if only to see if bike held up under more pedestrian usage.

Here are five things I learned about the Ducati 1199 Panigale from the street riding experience.


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Troy Bayliss Events launch 2014 MOTO EXPO Brisbane and Melbourne

Troy Bayliss Events launch 2014 MOTO EXPO Brisbane and Melbourne | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

"Since I stopped racing full time I have missed the challenge, I am now looking forward to the next chapter that will keep me involved within the industry I love. TB21 "


Three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss today revealed plans to stage two of Australia's largest motorcycle exhibitions in Brisbane and Melbourne in 2014.

MOTO EXPO Brisbane will be held at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds on March 21-23 followed by MOTO EXPO Melbourne, which will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds on November 28-30, 2014.


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Dainese presents: Rossi's Ranch - Backstage

Published by Dainese Italy

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This beautifully done video left us even more impressed with the scope of this facility and absolutely aching to go there and ride. See what you think...

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Mike Tyrell's comment, July 31, 2013 6:31 AM
It was good to see riders from all disciplines who are all successfull motorcycle racers! a great watch for anyone who love motorcycle sport...
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Ducati : Other in Ducati | eBay Motorcycles

Ducati : Other in Ducati | eBay Motorcycles | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

One of the most controversial custom bikes ever built is for sale.  The Roland Sands Designs Ducati Desmo Tracker, affectionately dubbed "The Dirty Desmo" by Cycle World is in need of a new home.  I comissioned this build by my bud Roland and his amazing team (Rodney, Aron, Cam, and the rest of the RSD Crew) a few years ago.  I wanted to have a one off, fully functional, piece of art that paid homage to the Ducati lineage and provenance while pushing the boundries and turning heads.  Saying that "the goal was acheived" is an understatement.  Never have I seen more people go crazy in a positive or negative way to a motorcycle project.  From high praises to literal death threats, the Desmo-Tracker garnered more attention than imagined.  From the cover of the December issue of Cycle World to (at last count) over 20 covers/major articles world wide.  Thousands of online articles, Men's magazines, etc.  This bike was a passion project that drove recognition both good and bad beyond my wildest dreams.  In the begining, the loyal Ducatista shuttered.  We were concerned that any relationship with Ducati was lost.  Upon completion of the build, a large percentage of the Duc loyalists were complimentary and Ducati asked me to loan them the Desmo-Tracker for display at a few venues.  Why would I sell this exceptional machine?  My collection has continued to evolve, I've gotten married, am starting a family, and have several new projects in the works (please don't tell my wife).  I am truly looking for a great home for a one off creation.  I will absolutely not be giving her away which is why I reserve the right to pull the eBay listing at any time for any reason.  I have ridden the Desmo Tracker aprox 500 miles.  She runs great and fires immediately.  The bike has obviously been kept in a temperature controlled secured enviornment since I received it back from its press tour.  None of the take off parts are being offered with the bike as I have other Desmo's.  The bike started its life as number 568/1500.

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Now this is what I think is meant by "stupid cool" 

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Ducati Racing Explains Decision to Release Nicky Hayden

Ducati Racing Explains Decision to Release Nicky Hayden | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati MotoGP boss Paolo Ciabatti explains split with American world champion.

During the pre-event press conference for the U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Nicky Hayden announced that he wouldn’t be back next season with Ducati in MotoGP, saying that the Italian motorcycle manufacturer “chose to go a different way.”

Later that same weekend, Cycle World Technical Editor Kevin Cameron and I asked Ducati MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti about this decision.

“Nicky is a great guy and a great ambassador for Ducati,” said Ciabatti. “The fans like him, and this is why we would like to keep him in Ducati, maybe in Superbike, which we offered him as a possibility to consider.

“But after [he spent] five years of fighting with our bike, I think it is difficult to find additional motivation to stay with the same people. Sometimes, it is good to have fresh air—for the rider and for the team—to try something different, something new.

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video | D-air® Street: simulation of impact at a very low speed

Another D-air® Street crash test  

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Makes us think airbag pants might be worth considering as well...  Here's another one - this one is full on "Yikes" click HERE

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Carl Fogarty backs Huddersfield racer Tom Sykes to take the title

Carl Fogarty backs Huddersfield racer Tom Sykes to take the title | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Four times world champion superbike racer Carl Fogarty is expecting Tom Sykes to overtake his superpole record – and he couldn’t be happier.

The legend from Blackburn, who won the world superbike championship titles in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999 riding for Honda and Ducati, clocked up 21 pole positions during his career, but Huddersfield racer Sykes is closing in fast.


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Inductees have pride in hometown

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The Hayden brothers, from left, Roger Lee Hayden, Tommy Hayden and Nicky Hayden react to applause with fellow Owensboro Walk of Fame inductee, NASCAR legends Darrell and Michael Waltrip

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Are we the only ones surprised to find so many top tier fast guys from one small town? Look at this list:  http://visitowensboro.com/motorsports/   It's crazy...

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Kevin Gettmann's comment, July 28, 2013 11:46 AM
All of the Hayden boys and the Waltrip Brothers are great people besides being FAST. Must be the water.....
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'The Wolverine': Ducati Diavel Cromo Superbike Makes Big Screen Debut in 'X-Men' Spinoff

'The Wolverine': Ducati Diavel Cromo Superbike Makes Big Screen Debut in 'X-Men' Spinoff | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The claws aren’t the only thing come out in the film The Wolverine, debuting in theaters today. One of the main stars of the film, besides Hugh Jackman super-attenuated arms, is the Ducati Diavel Cromo. The Diavel, first introduced in 2012, is a departure from traditional Ducati superbikes with its low-slung stance and more upright riding position and is prominently featured in the new film.

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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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Ferrari sponsor cancels ‘Wrooom’ event

Ferrari sponsor cancels ‘Wrooom’ event | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

 Ferrari’s annual pre-season event on the slopes of Italian ski resort Madonna di Campiglio will take place no more.

Corriere dello Sport newspaper reports that the main sponsor of F1 and MotoGP teams Ferrari and Ducati, Philip Morris, has cancelled the 2014 edition of ‘Wrooom’ for financial reasons.

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Wow. This has been going on for 23 years. Hard not to draw a line straight from this to the Ducati 2014 sponsorship renewal

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Kevin Gettmann's comment, August 1, 2013 11:45 PM
well, well, well....this is what happens when your team cannot find it's way to the podium when the GOAT says your bike is latest in fast Italian anchors. When the CRT teams are nipping at your heels every race the big money finds value for it's dollar and moves on somewhere else to promote it's product in a "winning light". Who will be the deep pocket now for a team that needs lots of cash to spend to find either an answer for the Desmosidici or a whole new idea. Stay tuned....
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IndyGP, If you love Ducati’s this is one busy weekend | Ducati.net, Vicki's View Blog

IndyGP, If you love Ducati’s this is one busy weekend | Ducati.net, Vicki's View Blog | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

For those going to Indy GP, word is out there’s no Ducati Island but looking at the list of what there is to do with Ducati friends and fans, the weekend is still going to keep us plenty busy. Here’s a list of ways to participate starting with the events that require advance planning:


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I always love this weekend, so many friends, non-stop fun and this year's 3 week break should result in some great Ducati racing with Ben back. See you in Indy!

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Michael King's comment, August 2, 2013 7:58 AM
No Ducati Island??? Disappointing! Can you fix this link, it seems to be dead. I have to get my dose of Ducati overload somehow.
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Monopoly Empire: Who gets the Ducati Panigale Token? | Ducati.net, Vicki's View Blog

Monopoly Empire: Who gets the Ducati Panigale Token? | Ducati.net, Vicki's View Blog | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

There’s a new Monopoly game in town and to be truthful, other than I love the Ducati token,  I’m not sure what to make of it.  Here’s the description...


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DUCATI AIR BIKE - by Ducati Palermo Club

VIDEO BY DUCATI PALERMO CLUB DOC - DESMO OWNERS CLUB ITALY....


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We love the endless ways there are to approach this challenge. Good luck to Ducati picking the winners! 

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Happy Birthday Nicky Hayden!

Happy Birthday Nicky Hayden! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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Kevin Gettmann's comment, July 30, 2013 10:58 AM
Nicky, Happy Birthday. Please stay with Ducati. Your a great guy to have around and an even better ambassador for the line. I'd hate to see you leave for some "other" brand.
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video | Fay Myers Motorcycle World - Ducati Airbike Race

Video Submission for the Ducati Airbike Challenge. Ducati airbike race throughout Fay Myers Motorcycle World. http://www.faymyers.com facebook.com/faymyersde...
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Love this, made me laugh.....

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Frank Smith's comment, July 30, 2013 7:38 AM
Fantastic! - I laughed too - wonder how they chose a 'Winner' of the race ;-) have another airbike race in return - typical Italian flair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6mG5UeqpSM
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Australian MotoGP organisers chase Casey Stoner

Australian MotoGP organisers chase Casey Stoner | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation says it has plans to lure Casey Stoner out of retirement for this year's MotoGP event at Phillip Island.Australian MotoGP organisers are pursuing retired two-wheel ace Casey Stoner in the hope he'll return to Phillip Island for this year's event.The 27-year-old quit the sport last November but will jump back on a bike this week for a two-day test in Japan with his former MotoGP team Honda.He is slated for another two sessions in August to ride a prototype of Honda's 2014 model.

Stoner admitted he missed the thrill of competing on two wheels in announcing the brief comeback, having struggled to stamp his mark on four in the V8 Supercars' second-tier category.

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Interesting given Livio Suppo's strong comments regarding this at Laguna...

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Laguna Seca MotoGP Ducati Island 2013 | Vicki's View Photo Gallery of the weekend

Laguna Seca MotoGP Ducati Island 2013 | Vicki's View Photo Gallery of the weekend | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Laguna Seca. It's a favorite of the GP riders and the fans as well. In a 2013 season that has produced weather drama, crash drama, injury drama and tire drama, Laguna doles out just plain great racing, year after year. It's also the home of the biggest, most ambitious Ducati Island anywhere in the world and for me, 4 days of beautiful, "Kodak moments" all ringed in Ducati Red. Join me for a look at Laguna Seca MotoGP and especially, the people, bikes and passion, of Ducati Island Laguna Seca!

Photos and story by Vicki Smith 

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Always our favorite photo gallery of the year.....

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This is our favorite gallery of the year!

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video | RedBull Laguna Seca Ducati Island GoPro

Filmed 100% using GoPro Hero 3 Black & Silver  
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Nice look at the Ducati Island Experiance...

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