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Ducati Team - Barcelona MotoGP 2013 | Sunday's Photos From Catalonia

Ducati Team - Barcelona MotoGP 2013 | Sunday's Photos From Catalonia | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
In a Catalan Grand Prix that was marked by sweltering, slippery conditions that contributed to no fewer than ten riders failing to finish and several others taking off-track excursions, Ducati Team racer Andrea Dovizioso was forced to ride in defence mode on his way to seventh place aboard his Desmosedici GP13. Teammate Nicky Hayden, meanwhile, experienced a premature end to what had otherwise been a promising weekend, as he crashed out on the sixth lap.
 
Having started from the ninth slot on the grid, Dovizioso was mired in the pack early on, and although he had some nice battles with Stefan Bradl and Bradley Smith, his bike lost grip as the race went on, forcing him to settle for seventh place. His American teammate lost a few positions just off the start but rode well as he made the passes to regain his fifth-place starting position. Unfortunately, a lap-six mistake on corner entry resulted in a race-ending fall.
 
The Ducati Team will remain in Barcelona tomorrow for the post-race IRTA test.
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The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel

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The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel is a highly acclaimed motorcycle touring guide book by Dale Coyner, it comes widely recommended and I’d strongly suggest grabbing a copy if you have any plans to spend some of your summer going cross country on two wheels.

The book is divided into four main sections:


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motogp.com · Hayden equals top speed record in Barcelona

motogp.com · Hayden equals top speed record in Barcelona | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Nicky Hayden matched the MotoGP™ top speed record during Friday’s opening practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya.


Crossing the speed trap located towards the end of the start/finish straight, Hayden was clocked at 339.4km/h (210.8mph) which corresponded with the record set by Brazilian Alex Barros on a Repsol Honda Team bike in 2004.


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Dovi: the 'lab' GP13? Maybe it is useless

Dovi: the 'lab' GP13? Maybe it is useless | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Italian "miracle" didn’t happen: after having tried in every way to equip Dovizioso and Hayden with the 'lab' GP13 in time for the Barcelona GP, the official Ducati team had to give up for logistical problems (not enough time). Oddly enough, both racers don’t seem to be too disappointed.

" The lap time at Mugello was similar, basically the same – Andrea Dovizioso said – The new bike has positives and negatives, but we can definitely say that it isn’t yet the step we need. We rode in 1'48 high constantly, which is a good pace, but without direct comparison with our rivals we may not know. We could take it to the Assen track but, if in the tests on Monday we go worse, this frame will be discarded".



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Ben Spies vows to repay Ducati faithful - BenSpies.com

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Ben Spies has vowed to reward Ducati’s faith in him by returning to the form that at one time seemed destined to see him challenge for the MotoGP world championship.

The injury-ravaged Texan is unlikely to return to action until the Indianapolis round in mid-August while he continues the long and gruelling process of recovering from a severe right shoulder injury he suffered in a crash during a rain-hit Malaysian Grand Prix last October.


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Ducati Dealer Carlin Dunne Sets Outright Best Motorcycle Time at Pikes Peak Tire Test on a Lightning Motorcycle

Ducati Dealer Carlin Dunne Sets Outright Best Motorcycle Time at Pikes Peak Tire Test on a Lightning Motorcycle | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The competitors for the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have just concluded a two-day tire test at the Colorado road course, and it should perhaps come as no surprise that our boy Carlin Dunne has posted the outright fastest lap for a motorcycle during the tire test (the Santa Barbara native set the outright two-wheeled course record last year on his Ducati Multistrada 1200 S).

What is surprising about Carlin’s result at the tire test is that he was on the Lightning Motorcycles electric superbike. That’s right, the fastest bike so far for 2013′s Race to the Clouds is a 200+ hp electric superbike that is refueled with solar energy. Petrol heads, eat your heart out.


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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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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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Bologna the perfect destination for sports car enthusiasts

First-class side trip from quiet Italian city takes visitors to see fast, shiny and expensive rides, including Ferraris and Lamborghinis

An area of Italy near Bologna is the birthplace of both Ferrari and Lamborghini sports cars, as well as the home of other high-end car and motorcycle makers like Pagani, Ducati and Maserati.

The region Emilia-Romagna is also the home of tortellini, Bolognese sauce and Parmesan cheese, but that wasn't the purpose of this visit, which was all about cars - fast, shiny and expensive cars.

On a recent trip to Italy, my son and I decided to take a tour of some of these facilities as a way to take a break from the churches and art, which I loved, but he only tolerated. I tried to research the logistics of visiting a couple of these factories and museums from home before we left, but found the idea of driving the unfamiliar Italian roads somewhat overwhelming. Thankfully, I came across the Motorstars Tours' website (motorstars.org), which offers day trips to a variety of these sites, with pickup in Bologna.


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We get asked all the time how to tour the various factories when visiting the Motor Valley region.  This tour seems like a good option.

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Barcelona MotoGP Ducati Team | Saturday Photos

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Dainese Presents: The TT Trilogy - Part 3: The Legend

The TT Trilogy Part Three: The Legend is here.
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Getty Images Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

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Barcelona MotoGP 2013 | Friday's Action

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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...


For more of this editorial click HERE (or, just go right to page 126 of the Cycle News Digital edition HERE )

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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

Catching Up With Nicky Hayden | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

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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