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Sunday Summary at Mugello: Lorenzo's Persistence, Cruchlow's Fierceness, & Honda's Hidden Weakness

Sunday Summary at Mugello: Lorenzo's Persistence, Cruchlow's Fierceness, & Honda's Hidden Weakness | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Qualifying doesn't tell you the whole story. Which is a good thing, as otherwise they could just hand out the trophies after qualifying and be done with it. A lot of things change in the 24 hours b...
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Great wrap up of the weekend. Not specific Ducati content but it's a good analysis and includes some details about Andrea Dovizioso's race that were not well reported.  

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Ducati's travel kitchen

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Cool behind the scene story on la Repubblica Firenze.it on the elaborate hospitality that Ducati (and many other teams) provide as part of the MotoGP travel weekend.


Here is a rough explanation of what it says:


Bresaola (meat) and white pasta, is the diet of champions seeking a championship. But the chefs here cook for Ducati racing every raceday for over 250 people, team and guests, a buffet that is much richer (see the photo above).  (The riders eat for breakfast toast, then white pasta and bresaola and for dinner meat and vegetables)


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Italian sports-tourer full of tricks

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Ducati's Multistrada S Touring is an ideal do-anything motorcycle.


It was Maserati that first introduced me to the wonders of "Skyhook" semi-active suspension when it launched the 4200 GT way back in 2001.


The term for the technology isn't intended to invoke memories of the 1970s Melbourne glam-rock band of the same name; it refers to the way suspension sensors measure their relationship with each other from an imaginary fixed point above the moving vehicle and adjust damping rates accordingly.


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MOTOGP: Home Track Hero Puts Ducati On Row 1

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Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso turned in an emotional performance during qualifying at Mugello.


Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso turned in an emotional performance during qualifying at Mugello, the Italian manufacturer’s home track, posting an inspired final lap in the Q2 session that put him on the front row for tomorrow’s TIM Italian Grand Prix. Meanwhile, grip problems limited teammate Nicky Hayden to eighth-best, and the American will start from row three.

Making the Italian’s accomplishment even sweeter was the fact that following a hard fall yesterday, he hadn’t been sure if he’d be able to ride, due to a sore neck. However, thanks in part to intensive physiotherapy, he managed to record the third-best time, achieving his second front-row qualifying performance in a row.

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The Grand Prix of Italy from Mugello will air LIVE on SPEED on Sunday, June 2nd in a two-hour programming block that starts at 7:00am ET. #MotoGPonSPEED

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Mugello MotoGP: Ben Spies pulls out of event as injury persists

Ben Spies has withdrawn from the Mugello MotoGP weekend as his persistent shoulder problems proved too severe in practice.

The American has struggled for fitness since the Phillip Island crash that ended his Yamaha stint last year.

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Spies Faces Dilemma.

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Still suffering from a problematic shoulder injury, American Ben Spies is contemplating additional time on the shelf to complete the healing process.
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The Grand Prix of Italy from Mugello will air LIVE on SPEED on Sunday, June 2nd in a two-hour programming block that starts at 7:00am ET. Qualifying will stream LIVE on SPEED2 on Saturday starting at 7:30am ET. #MotoGPonSPEED

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Borile 450 Scrambler | FIRST RIDE | First Ride | Motorcyclenews.com

Borile is an artisan bike-maker from Italy. We checked out their new, 450 Scrambler, based around the Ducati Monster 1100 engine.  
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Hand built Italian version of one of our favorite bikes, what's not to like?

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Ducati Hyperstrada review - Telegraph

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The new Ducati Hyperstrada is supposed to be a tourer, but Ducati dynamism shines through.


The invitation to ride the new Ducati Hyperstrada included a cautionary footnote. This is a touring motorcycle, it said. Riders should wear appropriate clothing, not full leathers with knee-sliders. "Extreme riding" would definitely not be appropriate.

The event and instructions were all part of Ducati's attempt to give the Hyperstrada an air of long-distance practicality. No wonder the company thought that image required reinforcing, given that this new model is essentially a wild Hypermotard kitted out with touring-orientated accessories.

The Italian firm is trying to make a sensible grown-up bike from a naked V-twin that has long revelled in its reputation as a two-wheeled juvenile delinquent....

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 That 150 mile fuel range should go a long way towards pointing out this isn't last years Hyper...

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Valentino Rossi picks best Mugello MotoGP memory | Crash.Net

Valentino Rossi picks best Mugello MotoGP memory  | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Picks battle with Capirossi and the Ducati in 2006

"It is the only time in my career that I don't remember the last lap" - Valentino Rossi..  

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No timescale for Ducati ‘challenge’, says Checa | Crash.Net

No timescale for Ducati ‘challenge’, says Checa | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
WSBK News. Carlos Checa says he is committed to finding the improvements the new Ducati 1199 Panigale needs to get on terms with its rivals following a tough start to its racing life. 


Carlos Checa insists he remains motivated to unlock the full potential of the new Ducati 1199 Panigale, despite a difficult start to its racing tenure during the 2013 World Superbike Championship.

As with its predecessors, the much vaunted Panigale spent a year in development ahead of its racing debut the following season, but while the 999 and 1098 were race winners out of the box, the 1199 has struggled to break out of the mid-field during the opening five rounds.

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2013 Mugello MotoGP Preview: Of Yamaha's Travails, Rossi's Hopes, Ducati's Dreams And Honda's Domination | MotoMatters.com

Mugello is arguably MotoGP's crowning glory. The location is stunning, in the verdant hills of Tuscany, a few miles north of Florence, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world. The track itself is gorgeous, and beautifully laid out, rolling round the valley in which the circuit is set. It is one of the few tracks left at which a MotoGP bike can fully stretch its legs, even a 260+ horsepower fire-breathing 1000cc Honda RC213V. At the end of the front straight, as riders drift right then left for the slight kink of the pit lane exit just before the track drops off for the spectacular first corner at San Donato, the bikes approach the magical barrier of 350 km/h. An obstacle that has not yet been cleared, but one which must surely fall in the near future. A lap of the circuit passes in under 1'48, an average of 175 km/h, or nearly 110 mph. It is verily a temple of speed.

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Mugello: Pirro reverts back to Ducati 'lab bike' | Crash.Net

Mugello: Pirro reverts back to Ducati 'lab bike'  | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro will compete in his third consecutive MotoGP race at Mugello this weekend.

Pirro is making his second wildcard appearance of the season on the Desmosedici GP13 'lab bike' in the wake of his debut at Jerez.

He also stood in for Ignite Pramac Racing's Ben Spies at Le Mans, finishing eight in the wet conditions at the French track on the standard GP13.

Pirro said: “First of all, I'm very happy to be making my second wildcard ride, and I'd like to thank Ducati for this opportunity. 

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2013 Powersports Business Industry Leaders: Cristiano Silei | CEO Ducati North America

2013 Powersports Business Industry Leaders: Cristiano Silei | CEO Ducati North America | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati’s 21 percent growth in the U.S. in 2012 compared to 2011 was a gift of sorts to new owner Audi AG, which acquired Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. in April 2012. In fact, record North American sales of nearly 11,000 units in 2012 helped Ducati post increased sales for the 10th consecutiveor the rest click HERE
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Sunday at Mugello with Scott Jones

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Photos: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved
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MugelloGP - Ducati Corse Team - Sunday Photo Gallery

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Great shots, thanks Ducati Corse...

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MugelloGP Ducati Team Photo Gallery - Saturday

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Great job Team Ducati Corse!

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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi’s 2013 Mugello Helmet

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi’s 2013 Mugello Helmet | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Another Italian GP at Mugello, and another special AGV helmet for Valentino Rossi.
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This helmet belongs to the man i pray too...

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Friday at Mugello with Scott Jones

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Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved
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motogp.com · Dovizioso very frustrated by neck injury

motogp.com · Dovizioso very frustrated by neck injury | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Andrea Dovizioso was highly aggravated to have injured his neck in a fall during the opening practice session for his home Grand Prix. The Ducati Team rider was left in substantial pain, particularly on straight sections of track.
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Ducati Team 2013 presentation video

The 2013 Ducati Team is challenging in the world MotoGP Champioship. Info on http://www.ducati.com/racing/index.do
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Meet the ‘MotoGrapher’: Two wheels, 23,000km and a long way from home

Meet the ‘MotoGrapher’: Two wheels, 23,000km and a long way from home | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Sunny Gajjar loves photography and motorcycling so much he will be spending two months riding 23,000km of Australia’s most picturesque roads happily snapping away. The 32-year-old from New Delhi, India, has ridden around Australia before and estimates that he has clocked up close to 350,000km in 15 other countries pandering to his two great loves.

In 2007  the self-proclaimed ‘MotoGrapher’ rode 22,000km around Australia with another rider from India, but this time around he is solo on his trusty 1200cc Ducati Multistrada, after commencing his journey in Sydney on April 22.

Sunny is enamoured by the photographic opportunities and solitude that the open roads of outback Australia afford....

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EXCLUSIVE Ben Spies - Q&A | Crash.Net

EXCLUSIVE Ben Spies - Q&A |  Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

 "I've got a 2 year deal and it's a factory contract which means I can ride for Pramac, the factory team or any Ducati team that they have" - Ben Spies.

By Christian Tiburtius 

A exclusive interview with Pramac Ducati's Ben Spies, who is returning to action in this weekend's Italian MotoGP at Mugello after missing the last two rounds. 

Spies talks about his shoulder injury, his career progression, the move from Yamaha to Ducati, how to make the racing in MotoGP closer and more... 

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The first question has to be, how are you feeling? 

Ben Spies: 
I think I'm doing, in fact I know I'm doing a lot better than I was in Austin. It's been 30 to 35 days now doing rehab during the day when I've been home and I feel a lot better than I did 4 or 5 weeks ago and I just need to get back on the bike to see how I feel and start building from there. I won't know until Friday or Saturday how things are going, but we can say that we've done everything possible to be fit for the race.

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Pretty candid interview with a guy that really deserves a good weekend. 

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When Ducati SBK came to AMA: VIR Superbike 2004 | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

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Throwback Thursday, Vicki’s View of one of the most unexpected Ducati/AMA weekends ever

This weekend Michele Pirro will compete in the Mugello MotoGP on the “Lab” bike, (seemingly entered for the purposes of gathering data during the race weekend) and Ben Spies will return to competition while still mending from a shoulder injury. It reminded me of a similar situation almost 10 years ago.

It’s been so long since Ducati has had a supported AMA team that some people might not know that for quite a few years, on most AMA weekends Paolo Ciabatti and Davide Tardozi made the 10 hour trip as part of a variety of AMA team efforts over the years, splitting their time and efforts between the SBK team and the AMA one....


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Mixed results, injured riders. MugelloGP? LeMans SBK?  Nope. AMA VIR 2004. A tale of Ducati history repeating itself.

Throwback Thursday on Vicki's View Blog 

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Detour: Stay Off The Shoulder! Ben Spies Gets Ready To Return To The Pavement

Detour: Stay Off The Shoulder! Ben Spies Gets Ready To Return To The Pavement | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The human shoulder: a glorified butter churn.

Look down the MotoGP grid and you'll see two kinds of riders: those that have endured shoulder injuries and those that probably will at some point in their career. A quick off the top of the head list of past and present riders who have suffered a shoulder injury include Dani Pedrosa, Nick Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow, Marco Melandri, Neil Hodgson, Eddie Lawson, Kevin Schwantz, Troy Bayliss, Sete Gibernau, Casey Stoner, Carl Fogarty, Colin Edwards, Nori Haga and Kenny Roberts Jr.

Four-time world champion Lawson raced for the world championship trying his best to avoid sneezing or coughing as each time he did so he risked popping his shoulder due to a damaged rotator cuff.

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Mugello Grandstand Photo by nicky_hayden on Instagram

Have a seat..........#Ducati
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Ahhh Mugello. The Mother of all Ducati Grandstands!

(nice filter Nicky!)

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