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Vintage Romero shows up young riders in Ducati Superbike Cup - Philippine Star

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Vintage Romero shows up young riders in Ducati Superbike Cup Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines - Businessman Nikki Romero flashed vintage form to humble his younger rivals and turn in an impressive third place finish in the Petronas Motorsports...
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MotoGP Jerez: Iannone has cut stapled - crash.net

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MotoGP rookie Andrea Iannone finished free practice at Jerez as the fastest Ducati rider - but also with a 'deep wound' in his left knee, after falling at the very end of FP4.
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motogp.com · Pirro debuts new Ducati GP13 Lab

motogp.com · Pirro debuts new Ducati GP13 Lab | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
One of the key talking points in Jerez on Friday was the Ducati GP13 Lab, a brand-new bike run in practice by Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro. The Italian will remain in action as a wildcard for the entire race weekend.
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MotoGP Jerez: Lorenzo pips Pedrosa in first practice

MotoGP Jerez: Lorenzo pips Pedrosa in first practice | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Jorge Lorenzo nudged compatriot Dani Pedrosa from the top of the Jerez timesheets on his final lap of opening practice for their home Spanish MotoGP, the first European round of the 2013 season.

Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa was quick from the off, while Lorenzo spent most of the 45-minute session in second. The reigning double champion then turned up the heat in the closing minutes and ultimately put his Yamaha just 0.003s under Pedrosa's best as the chequered flag was waving.

Lorenzo, who celebrates his 26th birthday on Saturday and will have the final turn officially renamed in his honour on Saturday, set a best time of 1m 39.701s. That is already under the official race record, but one-second off Lorenzo's own pole record from 2008.

Both Lorenzo and Pedrosa are former Jerez MotoGP winners.

After an inspiring Yamaha return in Qatar, then a forgettable weekend in Texas, the return to familiar European territory suited Valentino Rossi, who moved steadily up the timesheets to third position, 0.366s from Pedrosa.

Rossi finished second fastest to Cal Crutchlow at the pre-season Jerez test and the Englishman, the leading satellite rider so far this year, again took the fight to the factory riders. Crutchlow was as high as second this morning, on his way to a close fourth place, +0.412s.

The home Spanish riders currently fill the top three places in the 2013 title standings. Lorenzo and Pedrosa's rookie team-mate Marc Marquez - who became MotoGP's youngest ever winner last time in Austin - are tied at the top, with Pedrosa eight points back in third.

Marquez, who experienced his toughest winter test at Jerez, was no higher than tenth for much of the session - then climbed the order to claim fifth (+0.784s). The Moto2 champion was the final rider within one-second of Lorenzo.

Nicky Hayden, beaten by new team-mate Andrea Dovizioso in the opening events of the year, made a positive start to the European campaign with sixth place (+1.021s). Satellite Honda riders Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista followed, plus ever impressive top CRT rider Aleix Espargaro (Aspar), with Dovizioso completing a top ten covered by 1.023s.

Close behind Dovi on the timesheets was Pramac's lone rider Andrea Iannone and wild-card Michele Pirro.

Former Gresini CRT racer and current Ducati test rider Pirro is making the first of three 2013 wild-card appearances for Ducati. The Italian, who is race-testing a new chassis and engine management system, was 1.625s from the top in opening practice.

Pramac Ducati's Ben Spies is missing the event in order to undergo further rehabilitation on his shoulder. The Texan has not been replaced. Pirro's status remains as a wild-card in order to test the new parts, rather than use Spies' engines.

Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith was the slowest of the manufacturer riders in 17th, with Cardion AB's Karel Abraham 22nd on his return from a broken collarbone. PBM's Michael Laverty rounded out the 24 rider field.

Friday practice (1):
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Cal Crutchlow
5. Marc Marquez
6. Nicky Hayden
7. Stefan Bradl
8. Alvaro Bautista
9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Andrea Dovizioso
11. Andrea Iannone
12. Michele Pirro
13. Hector Barbera
14. Randy De Puniet
15. Hiroshi Aoyama
16. Colin Edwards
17. Bradley Smith
18. Yonny Hernandez
19. Danilo Petrucci
20. Claudio Corti
21. Bryan Staring
22. Karel Abraham
23. Lukas Pesek
24. Michael Laverty



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Ducati LAB3... | Giorgio Manziana

Ducati LAB3... | Giorgio Manziana | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Gp13 lab 3?
In Jerez, will be the debut in the World Championship of Michele Pirro, test the houseDucati that by the end of 2012 last year, took the reins of the development of future motogp of the house of Bologna.
Debut pre-programmed to the signing of the contract, where over the work on the track you are promised 3 participations as Wild Card in the current championship, first round Jerez, and with the bike defined lab.


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This is always worth translating (you'll need to tell your  browser to translate the page) Among other speculations he thinks the new developments will show up at Misano...

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Pramac: No Jerez replacement for Ben Spies |Crash.Net

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 "I am doing my absolute best to get back to 100%, where I need to be, for the team and Ducati" - Ben Spies..


Pramac Ducati has confirmed that the injured Ben Spies will not be replaced during this weekend's Spanish MotoGP at Jerez...


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Twitter / NickyHayden: Checked into hotel 69 for the summer

Twitter / NickyHayden: Checked into hotel 69 for the summer | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Checked into hotel 69 for the summer. #3rdChanceAuto #SannenMotorHomes

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MOTOGP: Ducati Goes Three Deep At Jerez

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Test rider Michele Pirro will join Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso at Jerez in the first of three wild card outings this season.
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Öhlins Announce Semi-Active Suspension Upgrade For The Multistrada S

Öhlins Announce Semi-Active Suspension Upgrade For The Multistrada S | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Öhlins have announced a brand new Suspension Control Unit, or SCU, upgrade for the Ducati Multistrada S to give the machine semi-active suspension. Available for models equipped with OEM EC Suspension, the already highly acclaimed Adventure bike will gain even more comfort, grip and improved agility, as well as an extended adjustment range. 

Able to be installed very quickly, the SCU can be simply fitted by removing the ECU under the seat and installing the ‘plug and play’ new unit. Loaded with smart algorithms, the SCU changes the suspension from a passive system to a semi-active system, giving the rider continuous benefits.

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Assen SBK Weekend Gallery

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Photos from the Assen SBK weekend courtesy of Ducati Corse

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Escapes: Motorcycle show and celebration - The Sacramento Bee

Escapes: Motorcycle show and celebration - The Sacramento Bee | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Attention all easy riders, iron horsemen and two-wheel ethusiasts: Carmel wants you to pull on a helmet, crank the throttle and come for a visit.

On Saturday, the seaside town is to host the fifth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering, which will showcase some of the coolest classic and sport bikes from "the past, present and future."

According to organizers, "the featured themes for 2013 include: The 20th anniversary of the Ducati Monster, antique, Japanese, European, competition, American, off-road, custom/modified and superbike." In addition to manufacturer displays and a for-sale-by-owner event, the event will include a new "Legends of the Sport" series. This year's honoree will be Wayne Rainey, three-time champion of the 500cc Grand Prix and winner of the Daytona 200 motorcycle race. Attendees also can enjoy a barbecue lunch with beverages from local wineries and breweries, plus live music.


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This event is the final destination of the West Coast Ducati Monster Ride, from Newport Beach  to Carmel with a stop in Morro Bay for the night, Big Sur for lunch on Friday and some Laguna Seca laps thrown in.  If you are a Monster Rider, hope to see you for all  or some of this fun adventure 

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Bein Sport SBK FIM World Championship Assen

Bein Sport SBK FIM World Championship Assen | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Race Coverage starts at 5:45 am ET 

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This is the link for live streaming HERE

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This is the link for live streaming HERE

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Birthday Boy Lorenzo Survives to Jerez Pole - Cycle News

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Birthday Boy Lorenzo Survives to Jerez Pole
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Cal Crutchlow heads up the second row, qualifying fourth on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha in spite of crashing twice in the span of an hour. His first crash came in FP4 ...
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MOTOGP: Double Row 3 For Ducati Team - SPEEDtv.com

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Double Row 3 For Ducati Team SPEEDtv.com In a hot qualifying session during which traction was scarce and crashes were common, Ducati Team riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso kept their Desmosedici GP13 machines upright and...

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Friday Summary at Jerez: Yamaha vs. Honda, Or Going Just as Fast in Two Very Different Ways

Friday Summary at Jerez: Yamaha vs. Honda, Or Going Just as Fast in Two Very Different Ways | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
For the past couple of years, it has seemed as if there is some kind of unwritten law which states that any MotoGP weekend must be accompanied by rain.
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West Coast Monster Anniversary Ride – We’re off! | Ducati.net

West Coast Monster Anniversary Ride – We’re off! | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

20 years.  Ponder that. The only motorcycles that have been in production that long are class defining, life changing machines. Sportster. Bonneville. Goldwing. Motorcycles that redefined riding and how we did it.  And now the Ducati Monster is among them. Clearly something needed to happen that was a proper tip of the hat to a motorcycle like that so we decided to do what it does best, we just went for a ride….

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Follow us on Instagram at Vicki_Smith and on Twitter @Ducatinet 

Coming up today - Bir Sur, Laguna Seca and the Quail!

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video - Ducati Panigale R - MotoGeo Review


Ducati's new 1199 Panigale R was released to the international press at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and MotoGeo's Jamie Robinson was there to test it.

Ridden to the limit around one of the world's most technical and demanding racetracks, it was the perfect place to discover all about the Italian bullet. Now lighter and ready to go with all the fittings for the racetrack, the Panigale R breaks new ground for consumers and here MotoGeo brings you the lowdown on what it is like to ride the worlds fastest and most exotic Superbike.

Moto + Review = MotoGeo

Music: 

The Medics - City
Kokenovem - Hades' Rebellion

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New V8 driver Casey Stoner misses bikes, but not MotoGP

New V8 driver Casey Stoner misses bikes, but not MotoGP | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIAN Casey Stoner admits he misses riding motorbikes, but says fans shouldn't expect him back in MotoGP ranks any time soon.
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Joseph Cortis's curator insight, June 6, 2013 1:50 AM

.... Stoner shifts from motoGP to car racing!

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Ben Spies Analyzes Newest MotoGP Racetrack- Circuit of The Americas

Ben Spies Analyzes Newest MotoGP Racetrack- Circuit of The Americas | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Everything is bigger in Texas, or so goes the saying. Circuit of The Americas certainly meets that criteria: 3.4 miles in length, 20 turns, an elevation gain of 133 feet and its .745-mile front straight is the longest on the MotoGP calendar. After the final qualifying session for April’s inaugural Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, I asked Longview native Ben Spies for his view of this new race circuit.

• “I hate to say it, but Turn 1 is a very dangerous corner for a start. It’s a good corner for racing, but with the shape of the turn, the way the right line is supposed to be for a start, if somebody messes up a tiny bit, you could take out a lot of people—like the first chicane at Monza....

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Dovizioso: Ducati completely different | Crash.Net

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 “The Desmosedici GP13 is completely different from the bikes I've ridden in the past, which is fine for me” – Andrea Dovizioso..  

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video - Ducati welcomes the new CEO, Claudio Domenicali

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Ducati welcomes the new CEO, Claudio Domenicali

Ducati revs-up a passionate welcome for new CEO, Claudio Domenicali

• Ducati gives enthusiastic support for new CEO, Claudio Domenicali
• Workers rev-up a ‘Ducati Desmo welcome’ below CEO’s window
• The Ducati Desmosedici GP race bike leads the impressive fanfare 

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 29 April 2013 – After an emotional farewell to Gabriele Del Torchio last week, Ducati workers prepared for Claudio Domenicali’s initiation as the new CEO of Ducati Motor Holding with a passionate welcome, typical of the iconic Italian motorcycle brand.

47-year-old Engineer Domenicali from Bologna, who has been with Ducati for 21 years, could not have hoped for a better start as staff of the famous manufacturer organised a special display to support him in the new and challenging role of CEO. 

Gathering below his new office, the workforce strategically positioned the latest Ducati motorcycles, hand-built in the company’s Borgo Panigale factory, and with the company’s Desmosedici GP race bike leading the chorus, started the engines to rev-up a high powered, Desmo fanfare, bringing the new boss to his window. 

“My new challenge could not be off to a better start,” commented Domenicali, enthused by the impromptu ‘concert’. “It is a challenge that I face with pride, passion and extreme gratitude and I will do everything possible to repay the confidence that has been shown in me by giving my own contribution to the further growth of this extraordinary brand.”

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WSBK Assen: Checa won’t back down from Ducati challenge

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Carlos Checa says he refuses to lose focus on the challenge of turning the Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale into a front runner after a tough weekend at Assen appeared to highlight the bike's general lack of pace.

Having burst onto the scene with a stunning pole position at Phillip Island, the new twin-cylinder machine has struggled to make more headlines since, with accidents preventing Checa from capitalising on his qualifying efforts in Australia before the high-speed Motorland Aragon circuit revealed the bike's top speed disadvantage.

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Alitalia, Del Torchio and the important challenge

Alitalia, Del Torchio and the important challenge | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
From Comit to the Ferretti Group, getting companies back on track is his specialty. When he headed Ducati the company obtained its best results ever.
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2013 Assen World Superbike Saturday Roundup: The Cathedral Awaits | MotoMatters.com

Assen, motorcycle racing's cathedral, has been the scene of some of the greatest entertainment in World Superbike racing, hailing back to Carl Fogarty's incredible run of victories, through the Bayliss years up to the Jonathan Rea wins. Assen has always been considered a rider's track, much like Donington and Philip Island. It represents everything that's good about World Superbikes with flowing corners making it a skill and bravery over power track. While it suits certain machinery, a good rider can, so the legends go, win on anything.

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If there was ever a track not to count the Ducati's out on, this is it...

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