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Photo Gallery - Vicki's View of the Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Ride to The Quail

Photo Gallery - Vicki's View of the Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Ride to The Quail | 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. 
And what a ride it was, a three day road trip from Newport Beach to Carmel for the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Along the way there were stops at Ducati Newport, Ducati Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Big Sur and even a couple laps of Laguna Seca. Great roads, people food and riding all ending at the best motorcycle show America has to offer. Epic!

To join us for Vicki's View of it all click HERE

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What a great road trip! Already looking forward to the next one... Hmmm.  Laguna SBK maybe??? 

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Cars (and bikes) that drive the plot in Hollywood

Cars (and bikes) that drive the plot in Hollywood | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

When Tony Stark isn't suited up in metal saving the world, the self-described genius billionaire playboy philanthropist zips around town in the all-electric Audi e-tron.

At least he does on screen, in "Iron Man 3," in an early kickoff to a summer blockbuster season that will see hundreds of speeding, squealing, exploding, airborne, rolling and smoking vehicles in dozens of high-adrenaline films.

Chloe Moretz's Hit-Girl won't just don a purple cape in "Kick-Ass 2," she'll do so on a color-matched Ducati Panigale. When Hugh Jackman's Wolverine travels to Japan for some superhero soul searching, he's whisked through the streets of Tokyo in an Audi A8 Spyder. Then there's Roman, played by Tyrese Gibson, who jumps from a Ford Mustang moments before it's crushed by the tracks of a tank in the sixth installment of the supercharged franchise "Fast & Furious."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130505/AUTO01/305050304#ixzz2SUV1zGEr

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Eric Finn's curator insight, May 9, 2013 3:30 AM

This just shows u want type of vechiles are being used these days in films that are coming out this year 

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Twitter / DucatiMotor: . NickyHayden debriefs w/ his ...

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. NickyHayden debriefs w/ his #DucatiTeam crew following 7th place finish in Spanish GP. http://t.co/fzlB8lHJIJ
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MotoGP: Race Results from the Spanish GP

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MotoGP Race Results from the Spanish GP in Jerez, Spain
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Alstare Concept Superbike

--------------------------------------------------------- CONCEPT SUPERBIKE « 7 Carlos Checa Ed.2013 » --------------------------------------------------------- Year…
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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 Jerez: Iannone has cut stapled
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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

Pramac: No Jerez replacement for Ben Spies |Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

 "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

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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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Mixed feelings for Ducati Team riders

Mixed feelings for Ducati Team riders | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Nicky Hayden has dubbed the Jerez weekend his best of 2013 to date, whereas Ducati Team teammate Andrea Dovizioso struggled in Spain and was both out-qualified and out-raced by his teammate for the first time this season.
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Ducati Monsters On The Green at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering | Ducati.net

Ducati Monsters On The Green at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The final destination for the 20th Anniversary Ducati Monster Ride was the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, easily one of our favorite events of the year....

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Twitter / DucatiMotor: Tough debrief for #DucatiTeam ...

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Tough debrief for #DucatiTeam Dovi after tough race at Jerez http://t.co/23hejr7DUu
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Up-Close with the Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Up-Close with the Ducati Desmosedici GP13 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
It's hard to get up-close with the Ducati Desmosedici GP13. For starters, she's always traveling somewhere -- a slave to her jet-setter lifestyle. And, when she finally touches down long enough for...
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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

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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 4:50 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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