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video | Bridgestone MotoGP animation: Dynamics of Grip

'Dynamics of Grip' is an animated feature that explains the extreme forces Bridgestone's MotoGP tyres are subjected to when keeping the world's fastest riders in control of the world's most advanced motorcycles. A MotoGP motorcycle produces over 240 horsepower and is capable of mind-blowing acceleration, braking and cornering and in its role as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP, Bridgestone develops the very latest advances in tyre technology to tame these fire-breathing machines.

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Ducati pushes Chevy pickup to a gas station

Ducati pushes Chevy pickup to a gas station | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Most people have probably been stranded on the side of the road at one point in their life or another,…
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Superbikeplanet.com Interview: Ben Spies

Superbikeplanet.com Interview: Ben Spies | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

We saw former AMA and WSBK champion Ben Spies at Laguna Seca last weekend. We interviewed him in AlpineStars hospitality.

Q How's your health?


A My health's really good. It's been a rough year, as we know, and a lot of people really didn't realize how bad it was, because obviously a lot of people aren't doctors. Neither was I. I thought I could get back a lot quicker than I could. If you talk to anybody that knows anything, or a doctor, and they know the injury I had, it's a very, very, very big injury, and I kind of just always played it off, "yeah, I'll come back quick," and stuff like that. So that's what I told people, too, but it was - it's been the hardest eight months that I've ever had. Mentally, physically - at first it was physical, and then now, the last couple months that I'm starting to feel good, it's more mentally I want to be back, when in the beginning, it was hard to mentally be there when physically you're so down. So it's been kind of a transitional phase. But now, I feel physically very good. So now I'm starting to, being back at the track, I want to be back on the bike....

 

 

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Justin Theroux channels Marlon Brando as he speeds through the streets of Manhattan on his Ducati

Justin Theroux channels Marlon Brando as he speeds through the streets of Manhattan on his Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
He certainly looks the part in jeans, white T-shirt and aviator shades.



He certainly looks the part in jeans, white T-shirt and aviator shades but this is not a scene from a remake of the classic Brando movie for Justin Theroux.

The actor, who is engaged to Jennifer Aniston, is well known for his love of two wheels - in particular his favorite Ducati motorbike seen here.

And on Monday he took a spin through New York's East Village after spending the weekend romancing his fiancee.



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Ben Spies confident of '100%' fitness for Indy | Crash.Net

Ben Spies confident of '100%' fitness for Indy | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ben Spies was back in the MotoGPpaddock at Laguna Seca on Saturday, where the Pramac Ducati rider gave an update on his recovery.

Spies has only raced twice this season due to shoulder injuries originally sustained at last October's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Texan is targeting a return to action next time out at Indianapolis, in mid-August.




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Laguna Seca MotoGP Ducati Island | Friday, Vicki's View

Laguna Seca MotoGP Ducati Island | Friday, Vicki's View | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

A few shots from Friday at the track and the Ducati.net DOC dinner

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Hayden departure leaves MotoGP with a big problem

Hayden departure leaves MotoGP with a big problem | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
No American star, no dollar...

Nicky Hayden's exit from the factory Ducati MotoGP team leaves series owners Dorna will a big problem. They have no native star for their American audience. No disrespect to Colin Edwards or Ben Spies, but Hayden as a former world champion will have put bums on seats at Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and Austin. Of course Rossi will do his part but with no real, bone fide going-fast American, what will draw Americans to MotoGP now? - See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=Hayden-departure-leaves-MotoGP-with-a-big-problem&newsid=9883#sthash.WVPsx94r.dpuf

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Only 2 U.S. riders in Red Bull Grand Prix

Any semblance of American exceptionalism on the international Grand Prix motorcycle racing circuit has evaporated over the past 20 years, and the only two U.S. riders in the lineup for this week's star-studded race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca — Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards — are clinging to their careers by a fingernail. Another, Ben Spies, has been replaced due to injury.

The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix — featuring the fastest bikes and best riders on the planet — will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the historic Monterey track, preceded by three practice sessions (10:25 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. Friday, and 10:25 a.m. Saturday) and two qualifying heats (2:10 and 2:35 p.m. Saturday).

Favorites to win the showcase event of the weekend will include 20-year-old rookie sensation Marc Marquez, who holds a narrow lead over fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (both injured and questionable starters) in the current points standings, British star Cal Crutchlow, and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi of Italy.

And despite a possible home-track advantage (Hayden and Edwards finished first and second at Mazda Raceway in '05, and Hayden won again in Monterey in '06), the two Americans must be considered long shots at best.

U.S. riders have a rich legacy in Moto Grand Prix, dating back to three consecutive world championships Kenny Roberts won for Yamaha from 1978-1980. Americans Freddie Spencer (two world championships for Honda), Eddie Lawson (for titles for Yamaha), Wayne Rainey of Monterey (three for Yamaha) and Kevin Schwantz (one for Suzuki) dominated the sport from 1983-93, but the Yanks have been mostly chasing the competition ever since. In the past 20 years, only Kenny Roberts Jr. (aboard a Suzuki in 2000) and Hayden (2006 for Honda) have been on top of the points standings at a season's end.


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MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Confirms He's Out Of Work

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Confirms He's Out Of Work | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati says it wont rehire the former World Champion

MONTEREY, CA - JULY 18 - Nicky Hayden confirmed today in the pre-race press conference for this weekend’s Red Bull United States Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that he’s been “sacked” by Ducati and doesn’t have a job in MotoGP for next year.

But the always-classy Hayden ended what was likely a difficult press conference for him with what we’ve come to expect. More class.


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Turbine-powered motorcycle aiming for 400 mph land speed record with Ducati Champion James Toseland at the controls

Turbine-powered motorcycle aiming for 400 mph land speed record with Ducati Champion James Toseland at the controls | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Streamlined two-wheeler almost ready to roll.

A turbine-powered two-wheeler built to break the motorcycle land speed record made its public debut this past weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K.

The “52 Express” will be driven by two-time Superbike World Champion James Toseland when it goes for the mark next year.

The record currently stands at 376.363 mph, set by Rocky Robinson in 2010, but Toseland and company have their eyes on breaking 400 mph.



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2013 Ducati Diavel Strada First Ride

2013 Ducati Diavel Strada First Ride | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
There maybe not be a more unique touring machine than the 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada but is it worthy of the Strada moniker Read on to find out.
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The Lean may be the greatest skill in all of sport.

The Lean may be the greatest skill in all of sport. | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
If you don't rank The Lean among the most incredible aptitudes in sports, then your ranking must be ignorant. Meet the hellishly rugged, strong, fearless, sturdy, sinewy jockeys of MotoGP, who regard their skeletons differently than we do.
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Andrea Iannone: Too risky to race in Laguna Seca

Andrea Iannone: Too risky to race in Laguna Seca | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Andrea Iannone could have wrecked his rookie MotoGP campaign had he gambled on riding in Laguna Seca last weekend just a week after dislocating his right shoulder.The Italian damaged his right shoulder when he crashed in final practice for the Sachsenring round in Germany and was ruled out of US Grand Prix after late medical checks in Italy.Iannone has endured a torrid debut season in MotoGP on the Pramac Ducati and he hasn’t scored a top 10 finish since the second round in Austin


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Video | Dainese Presents: Rossi's Ranch

Dainese are releasing a brand new film starring three motorcycle legends and a very exclusive race circuit in Tavullia, Italy.
On a sunny summer day, Supermoto World Champion Thomas Chareyre and road racing icon Guy Martin visited nine-times World Champion Valentino Rossi on his private Motor Ranch near Tavullia.
Despite coming from different disciplines, the trio battled on their bikes and bonded off them, exchanging styles and ideas, and ultimately uniting by a simple love of two wheels.

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MotoGP™ Laguna Seca 2013 -- Best slow motion

The best super slow motion footage from the 2013 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, round 9 of the season at the superb Laguna Seca circuit.
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Soup :: Desperate Times Call For ...

Soup :: Desperate Times Call For ... | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

An interesting wave rolled over the Laguna Seca paddock last weekend. It was a wave of desperation, or of clarity or maybe it was simply reality. For many people at Laguna Seca they were told or it was suggested to them that their lives may soon change.

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Stephen Hay's comment, July 23, 2013 3:36 AM
seriously don't know why Ducati bother, they give the only real decent rider they had the flick, employ a show pony who think he is bigger than the sport and now sack their journeyman who was doubling a development rider for the show pony, I have been riding Ducati for the last 38 years and can honestly say I am now embarrassed. They should pack up until they can develop a bike that works
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Dovizioso admits fault for incident with Hayden | Crash.Net

Dovizioso admits fault for incident with Hayden | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

. "Dovi obviously races pretty aggressive so I've just got to be prepared for that in future" - Nicky Hayden..  


Ducati came dangerously close to having both of its riders involved in a very costly accident during the United States MotoGPat Laguna Seca.

Home star Nicky Hayden and team-mateAndrea Dovizioso battled throughout the 32 lap race, having lost touch with the leading group but able to pull away from the CRT bikes. 

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World Superbike Moscow Friday Results 2013

Dry, warm conditions prevailed the entire day at the circuit, allowing competitors to make the most of the morning’s practice session as they worked to dial-in their machines to suit the Russian track. Melandri was fastest during practice, moving past Giugliano in the final minutes. Giugliano, though, had been the dominant rider for nearly the entire session and only fell short of the fastest time by 0.071 seconds.

Giugliano pushed for the top-spot again in the afternoon, but had Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty, Sykes and Team Ducati Alstare’s Carlos Checa to contend with as the three riders upped their pace for qualifying. Laverty, Giugliano and Checa swapped the top-spot on the timesheet during the initial stages of the session, with Sykes moving to the lead midway through. The British rider was first to drop into the 1’35s and though Giugliano was able to snatch the lead back in the final minutes, Sykes’ last lap of the day proved his best, under the current Lap Record set by Melandri in 2012 but still over one second short of the Best Lap posted by Checa the same year.

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Dovizioso 'happy to see name almost at the top' |Crash.Net

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 Andrea Dovizioso was third fastest after the opening day of practice for the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca.... 


Andrea Dovizioso was third fastest after the opening day of practice for the US MotoGPat Laguna Seca and the Italian has set his sights on a top five finish this weekend. 

The Ducati rider ended the day just under 0.25s off the pace of Marc Marquez and was clearly pleased with his performance and the balance of the bike:

"I am happy to see my name almost at the top and I made a good lap time in the last three laps. I had some help from Marquez in the first two splits but he was quite far ahead. 


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video | Laguna Seca 2013 -- Nicky Hayden interview

Ducati's American superstar and former World Champion rider Nicky Hayden gives us some of his valuable time ahead of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
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Excellent look at Nicky Hayden at home with his family, not the usual video interview at all

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Checa identifies 'good base setup' for Moscow WSBK round

Checa identifies 'good base setup' for Moscow WSBK round | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Alstare Ducati's Carlos Checa has said that the base setup he found during testing should translate well to racing.
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