Former MotoGP racer and World Superbike champion Ben Spies blogs for BT Sport and tells us about his life after racing.
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Best.Demo ride. EVER. Seriously, watch the video, it's amazing.
Andrea Dovizioso today ran an almost perfect race on the Dutch TT circuit at Assen, where the eighth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship was held. With an intelligent strategy, the Ducati Team rider perfectly interpreted the difficult weather conditions to take home a well-deserved second place, behind winner Marquez. With this result, the second podium of the season after a third at Austin, Dovizioso moves up one place in the world championship and is now fourth on 91 points
Anytime Marc Marquez say's he thought he was going to have to settle for second and that he was ok with that as a good result, you have had a damn fine day at the races...
Micky Dymond and Don Canet, and two Multistrada 1200 S models will race the clock to the summit of Pikes Peak in the quest to defend the all-time fastest motorcycle record time of 9:52.819 set on a Spider Grips Ducati Multistrada in 2012. and extend the winning streak of four-consecutive years of victories for Ducati and the Multistrada at Pikes.
Cheer for the Ducati team and receive race updates by visiting the Ducati Twitter (@DucatiUSA), Instagram (DucatiUSA) and Facebook pages (Ducati). You can also view the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb live online atwww.ppihc.com.
Don Canet is the team mate of Micky Diamond on the Pikes Peak Spider Grips Ducati Team and he is providing simply excellent coverage of the event via his Twitter feed Here
George Barber gets nominated into the AMA Hall of Fame
I often see updates from my friends that say things like Mary is “feeling happy today at (fill in the blank)” which I guess is Facebook’s way of helping us out with the hard things but right now I am going to steal a page from their playbook because I can honestly say “Vicki Smith is feeling happy today reading her email”. Why? Well, the one I just opened say’s George Barber got nominated to the AMA Hall of Fame on the first ballet and that, well, that makes me very happy.
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A little paying it back for the guy that has been paying it forward for a long time
In an incredible Q2 session, marked by light rain that increased in intensity, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso managed to make the best of the conditions to set fifth and seventh quickest times respectively. As a result the two Ducati Team riders will start tomorrow’s TT Assen, round 8 of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, from rows 2 and 3 of the grid.
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Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone secured fourth on the grid ahead of both Ducati Team riders at the Iveco Daily TT Assen on Friday.
Mixed weather made for a tricky Q2 at the historic Assen track. ‘Open’ equipped Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was able to claim pole ahead of factory riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda).
Iannone put in an impressive performance, fighting through a group of riders to achieve a 1’40.786s, good enough for fourth. Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) was fifth, with fellow factory rider Andrea Dovizoso in seventh.
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With the new-wave custom scene continually evolving and diversifying, it’s becoming progressively more difficult to classify custom motorcycles. Even the mere mention of the term “café racer” is enough to send purists into a frenzy these days. It gets even more complicated when the donors are ’90s-model Ducatis—an emerging trend that we’re loving.
Who better to blur the lines than Clay Rathburn of Atom Bomb Custom Motorcycles? Clay’s a master craftsman whose work we’ve featured multiple times, and who seems to be able to turn his hand to any style of bike. His latest creation is this breathtaking Ducati 900SS-based café-racer-cum-streetfighter.
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Dynamic video filmed in the beautiful hills around Bologna & Ducati factory. A bold and essential form shaped by a unique history, combined with the unmistakable Ducati roar released from the 112hp Testastretta 11° engine, are hallmarks of the Monster 821. Trellis frame, Riding Modes, and the Ducati Safety Pack are the elements that bring you unprecedented riding pleasure. Monster 821. Designed according to your desires, to be even more Monster.
British man Tony O'Neill has and incredible collection of works Ducati race bikes ranging from 1993 Falappa 888 to a 2007 Desmosedici 800. Take a tour with u...
This is the same collection that we posted the Bikesocial on yesterday. This is from 2007, as you can see the collection just keeps getting more important by the year.
In a heavily secured workshop in Southern England is one man’s multi-million pound personal motorcycle collection. It includes more MotoGP bikes and World Superbikes than even the Ducati factory itself owns. Rumoured to be worth in the region of £50,000,000. We were let in to the secret location for a quick look round, and still can’t quite believe what we saw.
This collection is legendary...
For over two decades, Monster has inspired not just motorcycling enthusiasts, but engineers, designers, artists. An intangible quality that surrounds the Monster has achieved something quite rare: a cult following even in the realm of visual and creative arts. To celebrate the iconic value of the new Monster 821, the Italian mural artist "2501" was inspired to free his creative spirit and incorporate the motorcycle into an original creation which would accentuate the style and dynamism of the shapes in a new dimension.
When Ducati's Were Red. Laguna Seca Ducati Island Turns 19
By Vicki Smith
Near as I can figure, Ducati Island Laguna Seca turns 19 this year so when I found these old photos I thought they were worth sharing. There is, of course, a back story:
That little piece of land now known world wide as Ducati Island was originally under contract to another company. We heard a rumor the space might come available so my business partners and I made a deal with the track and rented it on a multi-year contract. The inspiration? ...
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Images from Sunday's races...
Keys, wallet, helmet, gloves, mobile phone, air bag jacket. Check. Air bag jacket? Yes. It might seem like some form of science fiction but Ducati and Dainese have finally made a motorcycle with integrated airbag safety system available. We've ridden it.
Comments after today's Superpole:
The Ducati Superbike Team made an extremely positive start to its ‘home’ race weekend at the Misano World Circuit today; thanks to a very fast final lap at the session’s end, Davide Giugliano projected himself into overall first place, with teammate Chaz Davies concluding the first day of action in fourth position.
Dave Mirra and former X Games motocross competitors finish first in the 2014 Race Across America, a cross-country bicycle race that lasted just under six days.
That right there, is the poster for tough, and team work
Ben Spies, the 2009 world Superbike champion, is the man behind the elite amateur road team Elbowz Racing
And also HUGE Congrats to Ben Bostrom who today won the "worlds hardest bicycle race" the RAAM Race Across America Today (with Micky Diamond and the rest of the Legends of the Road Team) 3020 miles in 5 1/2 days...
The best street-legal sportbike ever made Maybe so.
It doesn’t get much better than this. It’s 9 a.m. on a Tuscan spring day with not a cloud in the sky and the air fresh and cool – just right for maximum performance from the most powerful twin-cylinder production streetbike ever made, a motorcycle with the most aggressive power-to-weight ratio ever for a bike with lights and a license plate. And I’m about to let it rip on one of the world’s greatest racetracks, the Ferrari-owned Mugello Grand Prix circuit up in the hills above Florence, Italy with 10 laps in splendid solitude aboard the finest motorcycle currently available for purchase from any manufacturer anywhere in the world.
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