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MotoGP news: Casey Stoner says he has no plans to return to MotoGP

MotoGP news: Casey Stoner says he has no plans to return to MotoGP | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Casey Stoner insists he has no plans to return to MotoGP action, saying he cannot envisage ever having the urge to compete in the sport again.

The two-time world champion left MotoGP at the end of 2012 and is now competing in the Australian V8 Supercars Development Series with crack squad Triple Eight, although there has been speculation he could make a two-wheel comeback as a wildcard entry later in the season.


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Ducati Scrambler | Coming Soon - Motorcyclist Magazine

Ducati Scrambler | Coming Soon - Motorcyclist Magazine | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati has lately done an impressive job penetrating new market segments with sophisticated (and expensive) models like the Multistrada and Diavel. The Italian manufacturer’s next major growth strategy, however, will likely target the opposite end of the price and performance spectrum with a new generation of inexpensive and accessible Scramblers.

Read more: http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/122_1307_ducati_scrambler_coming_soon/#ixzz2W9wyCCcm

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Cycle News Editorial: The Savior

Cycle News Editorial: The Savior | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Since his return to Yamaha after two wilderness years at Ducati, Valentino Rossi has been through so many seminal career moments that he must just about be drowning in the stuff...


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What to do? This beautifully written editorial is drawn from the perspective of a journalist but makes no effort to hide the love and sadness of a true fan looking at the potential end of an era....

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Riding Impression: Borile 450 Scrambler

Riding Impression: Borile 450 Scrambler | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
The Ducati scrambler Ducati doesnt make


By Alan Cathcart | 6/12/2013 11:02 AM

For the past quarter of a century Umberto Borile has labored to create a series of single-cylinder streetbikes bearing his name, powered by his own air-cooled single-cam four-valve engine based on the World Championship- winning 500cc GM Speedway motor. Until recently, Umberto effectively constructed each handmade example himself in his one-man workshop, which resulted in expensive prices for what were basically freshly minted masterpieces. No two Borile bikes have been the same.

But now the Moto Borile marque, which made its debut in 1988, has been restructured on a more commercial basis, with Umberto entering into 50/50 partnership with the Bassi family at the end of 2010 to form a new company - Umberto Borile & Co....


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Riders for Health - The Ducati two-seat: the ride of your life

Riders for Health - The Ducati two-seat: the ride of your life | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Riders for Health is offering people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get on board a MotoGP™ bike piloted by legendary Grand Prix racer Randy Mamola at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport.

A ride on the Ducati two-seat is an experience like no other. It’s a MotoGP™ riders’ eye-view of the historic Silverstone circuit - one of the fastest in the world, on a Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike. 

Not only will you complete a thrilling lap of Silverstone on the on the same weekend as the stars of MotoGP, but your ride will also be supporting the life-saving work of Riders for Health, the official charity of MotoGP.

And it doesn’t stop there. Each passenger will receive a pair of ‘premium paddock passes’ for the day of their ride and will enjoy lunch in the famous Ducati hospitality suite. It is a chance not to be missed.

Members of the public simply cannot buy the chance to ride on this bike anywhere else in the world.


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"Members of the public simply cannot buy the chance to ride on this bike anywhere else in the world."


Epic, exclusive and for a great cause - doesn't get any better than that.


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Catching Up With Nicky Hayden

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When you look up professional in the dictionary there should be a picture of Nicky Hayden. The guy works hard – both on track and off. He’s always at the top of the list in laps completed at tests; and he does the most public appearances – by far. If Ducati needs him in Indonesia, he’s there. An autograph signing at a Dainese store in Timbuktu, he’s there. And he’s modest enough that if you ask him if he’s the hardest working rider in the paddock, he brushes it off and says that everyone works hard.

So far the season hasn’t been great for Ducati and Hayden, but it has gone better. The steps might be baby steps, but at least they are steps going forward. The problem is the world of MotoGP is one that moves quickly and it’s easy to get left behind. Hayden knows this. And he makes no bones about the fact that the progress is not coming as quickly as he would like, but he doesn’t badmouth and he doesn’t fly off the handle. Instead, at a time when most people would be in a padded room pulling their hair out and throwing tantrums, Hayden continues to do what he does best: He just puts his head down and does more work.

We had a chance to catch up with the 2006 MotoGP World Champion about the upcoming MotoGP race at Catalunya and thoughts on his future.


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Batta with Ducati: A turbulent meeting

Batta with Ducati: A turbulent meeting | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Francesco Batta didn’t take Max Biaggi’s test with the Ducati MotoGP down too well.After having tried hard to make the rider try the Panigale Superbike - "I nearly fell out with Gobmeier" he said 

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A Beginners Guide To Motorcycle Gear - RideApart

A Beginners Guide To Motorcycle Gear - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Just getting started riding motorcycles? Here’s everything you need to know about riding gear — helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and such — in one digestible package.

One of the most frequent enquiries we get here at RideApart isn’t about which motorcycle to buy or how to learn to ride, but what gear to buy and wear once you’ve accomplished all that. Here’s the info you need to make smart decisions, to be more comfortable, safer and, hopefully, save some money in the process.

Why You Need Good Gear
The fastest human in the world is Ussain Bolt. During the 100 meter sprint, he peaks at 27.78mph. If he falls going that speed, he’ll likely sustain serious injury. The human body simply didn’t evolve to go any faster, which is why even falling off a horse (Guinness World Record top speed: 43.97mph) can lead to death.


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Maybe not just for beginners,probably a good idea to read some sobering stats periodically to keep us all on the safer path...

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Not just for beginners, good idea to read some sobering stats periodically to keep us all on the safer path... http://sco.lt/...

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MotoGP star heads up Hunter's honours list

MotoGP star heads up Hunter's honours list | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

One of the world's most famous motorcyclists is among the more than a dozen people from the Hunter receiving Queen's Birthday honours today.

Former Kurri Kurri boy, Casey Stoner was just 21-years-old when he won his first motorcycling world championship.

Today is another day of recognition, as he receives the Member of the Order of Australia.


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Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Sunday, at Portimao

Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Sunday, at Portimao | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Carlos Checa, on his day: “In race 1 I was able to keep pace with those ahead of me for the first six or seven laps. From mid-race on I started to gradually lose some grip and that, combined with a tired left shoulder in the final stages, unfortunately prevented me from maintaining seventh position to the line. We made small changes before race 2 and as a result the bike was much easier to ride, especially when it came to changing direction. It was the first time I was able to maintain a good pace for the entire race and I’m very happy with the result. I want to thank my entire team that has worked so hard every weekend up until now, I appreciate all that they are doing – this sixth position motivates us to continue to improve in the next races.”
 
Ayrton Badovini, on his day: “The DNF in race one was pretty frustrating of course. In race 2 we used the bike in a different configuration but I had more trouble with rear grip. Now we need to start working in preparation for Imola where I hope to be able to score better results. My compliments go to Carlos who completed a very strong second race today.”
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Customized bride and groom on Ducati wedding cake topper

Customized  bride and groom on Ducati wedding cake topper | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Custom bride and groom wedding cake topper. Cake toppers start at $125. It will be created according to your description.
Each detail is personalized: hair styling, colour, posture, bouquet, attire etc.

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 The way we see it this is a test - if your spouse goes for the cake topper the kitchen pass for another Ducati for the garage should be a breeze

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Lovely couple http://ow.ly/mOWmF
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Crash Tested: Stylish Safety Gear - RideApart

Crash Tested: Stylish Safety Gear - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Our friend Scott is what most people would consider a stylish young man. The other day, he had a 70mph get off in the kind of gear that works almost as well on a bike as it does in a bar. Did the skinny jeans and the armor he stitched into a jacket himself actually hold up? — Ed.


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This is a good look at  how stylish gear fares in what we would call a "real world crash"  Interesting.

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Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Friday at Portimao

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Photos Courtesy of Ducati Corse

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MotoGP™13 - Demo Trailer

Valentino Rossi. Marc Márquez. Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya . Quick Race. 3 Laps. This is the special Milestone recipe for the brand new MotoGP™13 Demo. Once downloaded, the demo will offer the chance to select between two amazing riders and sprint for three laps on one of the best designed circuits of the recent era which won the much coveted IRTA 'Best Grand Prix' trophy in 2001. In addition, in order to give the gamers a quick sneak-peek of the game, all the options will be available*

Developed by Milestone studio, MotoGP™13 is scheduled for release on 21st June 2013 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3, Windows PC and PlayStation®Vita.

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Spies May Be Out Until Indy--Or Longer

American Ben Spies has not raced in the last three MotoGP events this season due to chest muscle problems and shoulder weakness caused by reconstructive shoulder surgery last October.

The news might get worse for Elbowz: He may miss the next four races, too. Spies may not return to his Pramac Ducati until the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 16-18.


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Throwback Thursday - Video | TT 1990 - On Bike - With Carl Fogarty Commentary

You are riding with Carl Fogarty for one lap of the Isle of Man TT Circuit on a Ducati 851 in 1990. Carl delivers the commentary making this more a visual tutorial. Excellent historical time capsule

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Carl Fogarty delivers the commentary making this a visual tutorial. Excellent historical time capsule

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First Ride: 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R | Progress Makes Perfect

First Ride: 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R | Progress Makes Perfect | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

In an interview early last year, Ducati Motor Holding General Manager, Claudio Domenicali announced that the company would not immediately homologate its 1199 Panigale for World Superbike competition. “We will homologate the bike for Superstock, because the technical development is much more related to the production, so we are almost ready to go. While the Superbike, it’s far more extreme change in parts and extreme development, so we have taken our time.” In March of this year, I had the opportunity to test the homologation special of the Italian manufacturer’s superbike, the 2013 1199 Panigale R, and will argue that the wait has paid dividends; the Panigale R is a clear-cut evolution of the lineup and among the quickest production bikes to ever sport Ducati badges.

Read more: http://www.sportrider.com/bikes/1306_first_ride_2013_ducati_1199_panigale_r/viewall.html#ixzz2VxnH7xIn

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Ducati Monster - Rive Gauche Kustoms - Pipeburn

Ducati Monster - Rive Gauche Kustoms - Pipeburn | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Not all builds need be the equivalent of a heart transplant. Some are constrained by time, others by budget, and then there are those bikes that simply don’t need a complete overhaul to begin with. The team at Rive Gauche Kustoms faced a combination of the latter two recently when their web designer, Marco, handed them the keys to his perfectly serviceable Ducati Monster 600, and not a whole lot of cash. 

The Parisian crew have a fine record of street trackers, but this time the remit called for something different, a skate-influenced, pure streeter. So, with modest mechanical work and a slew of custom touches, a motorcycle facelift if you will, they turned out this ‘street trasher


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Trackside Tuesday: The Mind-Killer

Trackside Tuesday: The Mind-Killer | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The more time I spend photographing MotoGP, the more fascinating the riders become. In the past few years I’ve come to believe that, while superior physical differences (their reflexes and fine motor skills) are significant, it’s the mental differences that are the most interesting.

I suppose anyone who has ridden a motorcycle even a bit beyond one’s comfort zone can appreciate some part of the physical aspect of riding a racing bike. For most of us, even the speed of racers in local events is impressive compared to our street riding.

By the time we consider Grand Prix riders, their level of performance is so high that I suspect most of us have very little idea how challenging it is to move a motorcycle around a track that deftly.

While the skills with throttle, brakes, and balance are on a level similar to the best athletes in other sports, I think that what really sets motorcycle racers apart is their ability to overcome fear.


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We think this topic, while not Ducati-centric, IS related to our brand, and our sport. Is the difference between a great racer and even the best of the rest, their comfort with fear?

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Neeves on the Hyperstrada launch, broken keys and trackdays | Video Diary | Motorcyclenews.com

This is the second in the series of video reviews for my Ducati Hyperstrada long term test bike. Here I go along to the official launch of the Hyperstrada, get a puncture, bend my ignition key and do a trackday at Anglesey.

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Brickyard 400 still produces revenue for IMS but MotoGP could be on borrowed time

Brickyard 400 still produces revenue for IMS but MotoGP could be on borrowed time | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will continue for years to come. The MotoGP race might not.

That’s the word from first-year Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, whose job it is to deliver the best return on investment for the owners of the company that employs him. Whether that includes the motorcycleevent beyond this year’s Aug. 16-18 event remains to be seen.

Miles said the contract runs through 2014, but IMS has a brief window after this year’s event to opt out.


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Ducati Island 2013 - Share photos of your #ducatiisland experience! (And your Tweets too!)

Ducati Island 2013 - Share photos of your #ducatiisland experience! (And your Tweets too!) | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

TAG your tweets or photos with #ducatiisland, then post your pictures via Instagram, and your tweets via Twitter or, to the Ducati Community App linked with Twitter and watch them post to DucatiUSA.com!

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That good looking crew is some of the Ducati.net group. See you on #ducatiisland !  

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World SBK 2013 Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Photo Gallery

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This is the photo gallery from the circuit itself, and is a full photo recap of the weekend

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Team SBK Ducati Alstare | Saturday's images from Portimao

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MotoGP: Ducati Test Cut Short by Rain, Biaggi Posts 1'52.1

MotoGP: Ducati Test Cut Short by Rain, Biaggi Posts 1'52.1 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Max Biaggi’s brief return to MotoGP is over. After two days of testing Ducati’s MotoGP bike at Mugello, filling in for the injured Ben Spies, Biaggi returns to his day job, as TV commentator for the Italian coverage of World Superbikes.Two short days were not really enough time for Biaggi to get back to grips with a MotoGP bike, especially given that testing stopped early on both days after rain started to fall in the afternoon. Biaggi faced two problems, returning to riding at speed for the first time in eight months, and returning to a MotoGP bike for the first time in over seven years.


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