Cal Crutchlow took the new 'Open' Ducati to second fastest during day one of the Phillip Island MotoGP test - despite nearly going "over the handlebars twelve times in five laps!".
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For the Italian adventure, MotoGeo's Jamie Robinson rode the awesome Ducati Streetfighter 848 through the picturesque countryside and historic city streets, ...
Lovely. Like a little Italian vacation....
Ducati has chosen and Andrea Dovizioso, always sincere, had anticipated it to GPOne the last January. The third best lap time Dovizioso set today at Sepang is the best he has ever done on the Malaysian track , and it brought him less than one tenth off the two front runners, Rossi and Pedrosa. Crutchlow also showed considerable progress over the three days in which he was able to further get to grips with the bike he will be racing in his first season in Ducati.
Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2014022812866/Dovizioso-the-best-Ducati-I-ever-rode.html?redirect=1#ixzz2ujyzkWs4
Ducati shows naked ambition with its slick Monster 1200S, updating a tried and trusted formula
Ducati faced some big decisions when developing the Monster 1200, the latest flagship model of the naked V-twin family whose success has been vital to the firm for the last two decades. The market for sporty naked machines, which was kick-started by the original M900 Monster's launch in 1993, has recently exploded into life.
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For the video review, click HERE
From Moto.it (in Italian)
In Sepang controversy erupts on the new Magneti Marelli, which would favor the Ducati.And Carmelo Ezpeleta rubs his hands ...
SEPANG - Controversy, resentment, accusations more or less direct: we are only at the winter testing, but the MotoGP 2014 is already pretty "hot." The last case (for the moment) relates to the control unit of the single "Open", the same for all also in the software.provide to the system - hardware including the "Factory" - is the Magneti Marelli, at a price of16,000 Euros per unit , dashboard, inertial platform and control panel.
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The short of the story is that the latest (and really complex) version of the software for the open class is said to have been developed by Ducati and presented to Magneti Marelli for use as the Open spec software. If true: Magnanimous gesture = a very Italian solution to the ECU disadvantage
With Ducati having elected to switch to racing as an Open entry in the MotoGP class, it is time for a quick refresher course on the rules. Below is a primer on the key differences between racing as an Open entry and racing as a Factory Option entry, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
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Great explanation. Now if somebody could just explain EVO in WSBK this clearly...
Recently Ducati.net posted a design study drawn by Steven Galpin, a young UK design school graduate. He approached us with his final year project which he had spent some time working on. He envisioned it as the Ultimate Ducati streetbike, and a tribute to Valentino Rossi to celebrate the end of his career. His hope was that we might help him get his name out because he is seeking a job. To say it was a popular post would be an understatement. In just a few days the post has had almost 400,000 views and more than 3500 “shares”. In the process there were a lot of great questions posted seeking more information on the design, which once again, is a student drawing, not something penned by the manufacturer. And while there might be some pretty great leaps of whimsy, it’s hard not to like the way he’s thinking…
To see the original post and comments click HERE
To see the rest of the interview click HERE
The long awaited moment has finally arrived: today at Sepang Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone have got their first taste of their Ducati under the Open option. And they got different impressions on it. If Dovi’s lap times were almost identical with both configurations, Iannone preferred the Factory option.
Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2014022712853/Ducati-Dovi-and-Iannone-tested-the-Open.html#ixzz2uY96feHI
The consequences of Marquez’ recent injury, (he has broken his fibula during a dirt-track training session in Lleida one week ago), is causing a controversy that it was difficult to predict.
The facts: Marc is recovering and it would be too risky for him to get back on track the next Monday at Phillip Island for the Bridgestone testing session, and it would be easier for him to take part in the session scheduled on March 7th at Losail, in Qatar.
Honda would like to take this option otherwise Marc would start to the season having missed six testing days. That’s why the Japanese Factory asked the Race Direction to allow Marc to test in Qatar instead than in Australia and they were granted permission.
We’ve been collecting Ducati items for years and years with the end game being to set them up in a museum display of some type. Some of you have seen some of it at the MotoGP’s on Ducati Island. Well, it’s finally found a home. Still a work in progress (haven’t done the floors yet). And the rest of the move in is still progressing but we are largely done with this room which is where I work.
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Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) is excited to announce that spectators can now enjoy the once exclusive privilege of hanging out in the MotoGP paddock.
More details here on what is included. There seems to be some paddock pass only entertainment besides the usual "better team access" for your $150...
Three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss may come out of retirement if Ducati allows him his wish to do a wild card race entry
Some say racing keeps you young and, judging by the looks and manners of Troy Bayliss, they are right. The 44-year-old Australian had been strolling around the WSBK paddock in Phillip Island, officially as Pirelli's ambassador, for something more than just handshakes and pictures.
Read more: http://www.sportrider.com/news/146_1402_is_troy_bayliss_coming_out_of_retirement/#ixzz2uH7ThxWl
Wednesday to Friday will be a critical three days as MotoGP™ pre-season testing continues at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit. This will mark the last time before the opening race that all Factory teams share a track with their rivals, although Marc Marquez will not be attending…
Open, Open, Open... Four days left to decide...
Source:Kevin Cameron for Cycle World:
Reduced fuel capacity means rougher engine response, just like a two-stroke.
We’ve all just been reading about developments revealed at the first preseason MotoGP test at Sepang, Malaysia. This is the first public running of the prototype “Factory” Honda and Yamaha engines under the new rule reducing fuel quantity from 21 liters to 20 (“Open” entries get 24 liters). Although most accounts have the Hondas dealing with this better than the Yamahas, engine operation is harsher, and coming on-throttle is now less smooth.
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Davide Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike team made a very promising start to the 2014 Superbike World Championship today at Phillip Island, closing both races inside the top five, a very encouraging result coming at the end of a positive weekend. Chaz Davies closed the races in seventh and eighth position.
Worth mentioning is the good job by Niccola Canepa and the Althea Racing EVO 1199 Panigale who qualified in 10th place
From Ducati Superbike Team:
Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 21 February 2014 – Bad weather conditioned the first day of track action for the Ducati Superbike Team today at Phillip Island. The two riders, Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies, were unable to make use of session one due to rain, but in the afternoon session Giugliano powered his 1199 Panigale into third position while Davies closed ninth, victim of a crash, though without physical consequences, towards the session’s end. The first practice session took place this morning in wet conditions (air temperature 19°C, track temperature 18°C) and the Ducati Superbike men, along with most of the other SBK riders, decided to sit out the session and wait for conditions to improve this afternoon. At the close of this first 45-minute session, only six riders had made timed laps. Conditions picked up considerably in time for the afternoon session. On a completely dry track, Davies and Giugliano went straight out, ready to make the most of the 45-minute session, having lost out on valuable track time this morning. Giugliano made some fast laps in the first phase but put in his best lap in the final seconds of the session, moving up into third position thanks to a lap time of 1’31.2, just one tenth of a second from today’s leader Alex Lowes. His team-mate Davies improved towards mid-session but unfortunately his session came to a premature close after a highside at Turn 9 ten minutes before the end of the practice. The British rider, despite the bad crash, fortunately didn’t suffer any serious injury and closed the session in ninth position, with a best time of 1’31.7. Chaz will participate in tomorrow’s sessions. This season a rule change means that times from Friday’s two free practice sessions and Saturday morning’s practice are combined to establish who qualifies for Saturday afternoon’s Superpole 1 and 2.
Davide Giugliano – Ducati Superbike Team #34 “It’s gone quite well this afternoon. We’ve had to try various things, considering how different track conditions were today compared to testing earlier this week. We worked on different bike set-ups and I’d say that we’re at a good point. We also tested the new tyre compound; it was a little difficult to find a good feeling with it but once we went back to the tyres that we had used during testing things improved greatly and everything worked well. For now I’m fairly pleased but there’s more work to do tomorrow of course.”
Chaz Davies – Ducati Superbike Team #7 “It’s been quite a difficult day. We lost time this morning because of the bad weather and so we needed a good session this afternoon. It was a pity about the crash because up until that point I felt that times were coming fairly easily. I hit my head but, after resting up tonight, I’ll be ready to get back on track tomorrow and continue working with my team to find the best set-up for my Panigale at this track.”
WSBK BeIN TV Schedule for this weekend
Here is what BeIN is showing, and they are saying it’s live and exclusive to them. (Not sure how this relates to the newly available paid subscription coverage)
By the way, Uverse is listing the coverage as FIM Superbike World Championship
Today 2/19 7:00-7:30 pm Season Preview
2/21 Superpole – 10:45pm – 12am Friday both on BeIN and the BeIN Sport Play web link
Saturday at 7:30PM Race 1 (both on BeIN and the BeIN Sport Play web link)
Saturday at 10:00PM Race 2 (both on BeIN and the BeIN Sport Play web link)
Anybody else well and truly ready for race season to kick off??? Here's a little help so you don't miss the coverage.