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BeIn Sports TV and Web Streaming Coverage Schedule for Donington

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Tom Sykes took provisional pole in Friday's first qualifying session for round five of theSuperbike World Championship at Donington Park . The SuperPole will be LIVE on beIN SPORT and streaming on beIN SPORT PLAY on Saturday, May 24th at 9:45 AM ET and the race on Sunday, May 25th starting at 6:45 AM ET. 

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RideApart Comparison: Ducati 1199 Panigale S v R - RideApart

RideApart Comparison: Ducati 1199 Panigale S v R - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
We’ve spent the last two weeks living with the fastest motorcycle in the world, the Ducati 1199 Panigale R, also riding it alongside the less exotic Ducati 1199 Panigale S. How do the two stack up in the real world?
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Dream Chasers | Moto Fantasy Lets You Ride A Classic

Dream Chasers | Moto Fantasy Lets You Ride A Classic | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Dreamers take a lot of flak in this world. “Real life” is meant to be one big bowl of broccoli, steamed into properly ascetic green mush. Don’t tell the hall monitors that somewhere, out on the high plains, a couple of dedicated riders are doing what motorcyclists do best: cheating life.

“My idea was always that we’d buy expensive motorcycles and people would come and ride them,” Doug Watt explains. “I just made the assumption that it wouldn’t pencil unless I could do it 12 months a year. Then I saw all those riders go by on the 97.”

String straight and deadly dull, the four lanes of Highway 97 are nonetheless a golden ticket to the glories of central Oregon, a rider’s paradise every day that it isn’t a snowboarder’s paradise.



Read more: http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/122_1306_moto_fantasy_dream_chasers/viewall.html#ixzz2U8e4LeWZ

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Yes, they have Ducati's as well.  Check out the current stable HERE

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Valentino Rossi, from Doctor to patient

Valentino Rossi, from Doctor to patient | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Perhaps we deluded ourselves, two months ago, when in Qatar he played a race in his usual style. But it was justifiable, Rossi had brought the sun under the artificial lights, it wasn’t the final second place to make us think he was finally back, but how he achieved it. A remounting race, made of overtakings, the struggle with Marc Marquez. While riding the Doctor was lissom, he didn’t fight against the motorcycle like in the previous two years but finally he rode it. Austin had tempered attitutes, as we expected . As Crutchlow also noted, the boy from Pesaro needs time to assimilate the new circuits and Texas should have remained an isolated event. Because Europe was arriving.

Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013052110266/Valentino-Rossi-from-Doctor-to-patient.html#ixzz2U7dDGb8s

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Stats so far - Rossi and Dovizioso compete on the Ducati

Stats so far - Rossi and Dovizioso compete on the Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

When last year the Ducati has decided to bet on Dovizioso to start a new path in MotoGP, after Rossi's goodbye, many wondered if that was the best choice. The rider from Forlì seemed a to similar rider to his predecessor, grown up on the Japanese bikes, like Rossi first with Honda, then with Yamaha and with a style too clean for Desmodieci. In few words, not someone like Stoner,able to ride in a totally opposite way and, teorically, more suitable to the Red. Besides, he didn't have the curriculum of his predecessor, only a victory in the premier class but on his side he had a widely recognised high sensibility and ability as a tester .

Dovi surprised, he threw himself headlong into the new adventure, he didn't let himself to be demoralized by the news that he would have started the season with the 'old' material , which is something that would have discouraged more than one of his collegues. He has been able to stand out in the garage, as a leader should do, without arguing but not surrending or complaining too much. We saw the results and he would deserved without any doubt the podium at Le Mans.



Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013052210273/Rossi-and-Dovizioso-compete-on-the-Ducati.html#ixzz2U5Nv7qxD

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2013/2014 season end MotoGP test in Australia? Or CotA?

2013/2014 season end MotoGP test in Australia? Or CotA? | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

MotoGP could be set for a winter testing restricting this off-season after weather hampered this offseason’s testing. Dorna and IRTA had originally planned to moved the now infamous test that traditionally takes place in the week after the final round of the season from Valencia to Jerez or Aragon.

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IRTA secretary Mike Trimby has revealed that both Qatar are Texas will be considered as potential Jerez replacements, but also Philip Island.

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The Grand Australian Roadtrip : Motographing 23,000 kms on a Ducati

The Grand Australian Roadtrip : Motographing 23,000 kms on a Ducati | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The Grand Australian Roadtrip, put very simply and honestly, is a ride celebrating the innate desire that we riders have to ride a motorcycle on open highways under a blue sky. About having that freedom to stop when we want, where we want. The feeling of opening the helmet lid to let the cool wind hit your face and the scent of the pines invigorate you. That’s what it is, this road-trip. That and because it is cool to think you are MadMax for 23,000 kms! If you dont know who that is, read here!

For Charity? No sir. I believe that charity is a personal thing; I will do good to feel good. I will not to do good to be judged as a good person by my audience. I also do not believe in casting what my underlining objective of the trip is within an altruistic cocoon. And this is not to demean the plethora of good motorcyclists who ride for charity. My best wishes to them, and Godspeed.

But then there’s much more to this road-trip beyond the basic instinct of riding and taking corners on a motorcycle. It is a personal challenge, like all my previous road-trips have been, only tougher. The challenge is to be on the road for days at end. The challenge is to find my breaking point as I ride, take photos, take videos, blog, update social media, meet the expectations of sponsors, of my audience, of friends and family, and to manage my ‘office’ back home in Delhi (the xBhp HQ), which by itself is one of its kind in India where many a motorcycling ideas, events and motives have taken birth.

I will try to produce the best photos I can, posting them regularly on the blogs of this website. And posting them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and 500px. I will also be hopefully Instagraming a bit....

For the rest of "About The Grand Australian Road Trip, click HERE

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We like this adventure because it's real, one guy, and a camera. And, the photos are good 

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Adventure on two-wheelers | Charley Boorman films Freedom Riders TV Show in Asia

Adventure on two-wheelers | Charley Boorman films Freedom Riders TV Show in Asia | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

RIDING a Ducati into the press conference venue, Charley Boorman later sheepishly confessed to those in attendance that while waiting outside for his grand entrance wearing a jacket, he started sweating profusely. He forgot how warm Malaysia can be.

This travel adventurer, writer and sometimes-actor was in Kuala Lumpur to promote his six-part series called Freedom Riders Asia which celebrates the people and their motorcycles across Asia.

Boorman loves motorbikes and it’s that love and his passion for travel that compelled him to do this series....

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We don't know when (or if) this series will air in the USA but we will admit a long time fascination for the way 2 wheeled vechicles are used in Asian Countries and can easily see the potential of this sort of lifestyle show. We hope Fox brings it to the USA

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Airick Chia's comment, May 22, 2013 5:50 AM
Watched the first episode last Sunday. It was shown right after the French GP.
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's comment, May 22, 2013 10:40 AM
In the USA?
Airick Chia's comment, May 22, 2013 11:17 AM
In Singapore. I will try to get a recording of the episodes and get them online.
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Interview with Ziggy And Robbie Marley On Their Africa Road Trip - RideApart

Interview with Ziggy And Robbie Marley On Their Africa Road Trip - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Bob’s sons Ziggy and Robbie Marley travelled to South Africa during the World Cup, riding Ducati Multistradas around that country, performing charity concerts and then watching some Soccer. In the process, they made a documentary.
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Most unexpected reveal by Robbie Marley "I live in Miami and do stunts" 

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Twitter / texastornado5: Check out the pic @BenSpies11 just forwarded to me. Us 20 years ago

Twitter / texastornado5: Check out the pic @BenSpies11 just forwarded to me. Us 20 years ago | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
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DUCATI 750 SUPER SPORT

DUCATI 750 SUPER SPORT | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

There’s nothing like a barn find to get the motorcycling juices flowing, and this Ducati 750 Super Sport is one of the best. The bike was discovered in Belgium in 2009, after sitting in a shed for 15 years. It’s now been resurrected by Harné Heuvelman of the Dutch specialist Back To Classics, and it’s as close to vintage perfection as you can get...

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Respect. | Vicki's View Blog, Ducati.net

Respect. | Vicki's View Blog, Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

This morning I got up at 3:30 am to watch the warmup of the MotoGP race from France live.  To be honest, as passionate as I am about the sport and the Ducati brand I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the last couple of seasons have been hard to watch.  And that’s from the outside which is, lets be honest, nothing like being on the inside and taking it on the chin every day.  So the 3:30 am ritual for the Euro rounds has been less and less appealing, in the battle of sleep vs race fan, sleep has been winning....


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Le Mans: 'A beautiful feeling' - Dovizioso front row for Ducati | Crash.Net

Le Mans: 'A beautiful feeling' - Dovizioso front row for Ducati |  Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
MotoGP News. “I was surprised to do a 1:33.6, as I didn't think I'd be able to do that, but it was a beautiful feeling” - Andrea Dovizioso..  


Andrea Dovizioso claimed Ducati's first front row start of the 2013 MotoGP season with a brilliant final lap in qualifying at Le Mans.

The Italian jumped from seventh to third, 0.4s from pole, and will line-up alongside Marc Marquez andJorge Lorenzo on Sunday's grid.

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Ducati Monster 20th Anniversary Ride -- Quail Motorcycle Gathering

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Monster, a group of monster owners made the pilgrimage to the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering which had a dedicated Ducati Monster showcase in 2013. Their journey took them from Newport Beach, CA up the incredible California coastline to Carmel, CA along some of the most beautiful roads the world around. An incredible time was had by all. This short video chronicles their journey up the coast.

Stay tuned for the next Monster journey!

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Truly great adventure. We did this ride on a 696 Monster and enjoyed every mile....

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Free Download - Red Motorcycle by Blues Counsel

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"Red Motorcycle was inspired by my first ride on a Ducati Multistrada" 

Rick Cua

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Unique Maserati Quattroporte "Shooting Brake" model built for Ducati Company Owner Up for Auction

Unique Maserati Quattroporte "Shooting Brake" model built for Ducati Company Owner Up for Auction | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

As far as fast and expensive estate cars are concerned, there are many which fit in the €80,000 to €120,000 price bracket, but most are German, all-wheel drive and usually a tad soulless, as fans of Italian car brands like to say.

If you are looking for a fancy estate with a lot of punch, costing about that much, then you are in luck, because something very Italian and exclusive has cropped up, and it’s set to go under the hammer on May 25.


More on what this car is and why it's special HERE

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Here's something you don't see everyday - a classic estate car (you probably are more familier with the term station wagon, which is the same thing) Traditionally they were for picking up people at the train station, designed to carry luggage. This one set up for hunting, built to carry dogs and gear around an estate. One of 4 built.

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How To Prevent Your Motorcycle Being Stolen - RideApart

How To Prevent Your Motorcycle Being Stolen - RideApart | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
You know what sucks? Getting your pride and joy stolen. You know what’s easy? Keeping your bike safe.
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2013 Ducati Hyperstrada Gallery

2013 Ducati Hyperstrada Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The introduction of the next generation Hypermotard has now further broadened the character of the model
family with a stylish and accessible mid-range tourer with everyday practicality – The Hyperstrada. While the
new range delivers a thrilling and fun filled experience, the Hyperstrada goes that extra mile to deliver long
distance adventure and enable practical, everyday motorcycling in absolute Ducati style.
Brand new from the ground up, the family introduces the new 110hp Ducati 821cc Testastretta 11° engine
in a new Trellis frame equipped with top-of-the range chassis components. While sharing the Hypermotard’s
sharp and sleek styling to maintain that essential Supermotard look, the Hyperstrada is factory-accessorised
with a full touring-oriented specification. It successfully combines performance with excellent ergonomics
and the Ducati Safety Pack of latest generation ABS, Ducati Traction Control and integrated Riding Modes.
Ample ground-clearance combined with a narrow waistline and commanding riding position gives the rider a
confidence-inspiring stance, ideal for dominating the every-day urban commute or long distance journey.
The new Hyperstrada takes the Hypermotard concept into the future with refined design and user-friendly
technologies that will enhance its appeal to a wider range of riders.

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video | Ducati Hyperstrada - Hyper performance, extreme versatility

More info: www.ducati.com The Hyperstrada extends the hypermotard concept to fascinating new horizons. ABS, DTC, windshield, side bags, dedicated ergonomics ...
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Nicky Hayden Wrist Injury Update- MotoGP Racing News

Nicky Hayden Wrist Injury Update- MotoGP Racing News | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Just four rounds into the 18-race 2013 MotoGP World Championship, Ducati factory rider Nicky Hayden is already talking about having surgery at the end of the season to remove a screw from his right wrist.

Hayden has complained about pain in that joint for some time. After the Spanish GP in Jerez, the 31-year-old Kentuckian posted a photo on his Twitter feed showing both arms side-by-side. The right arm was visibly misshapen....


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Effenbert Ducati quit World Superbikes again

Effenbert Ducati quit World Superbikes again | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Effenberty Liberty Ducati have announced they will take no further part in the World Superbike Championship, leaving Aussie Mark Aitchison without a ride.
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Sorry to see this - worse, will anybody take these guys seriously ever again?

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Podium finish for Lee Johnson onboard the Ducati 1199 Panigale at the North West 200

Podium finish for Lee Johnson onboard the Ducati 1199 Panigale at the North West 200 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Johnston had had little time to familiarize himself with the Ducati 1199 Panigale leading up to the North West 200, but an eighth place qualifying position had given him confidence going into the race.
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Abandoned Ducati Prototype Engines - Motorcyclist Magazine

Abandoned Ducati Prototype Engines  - Motorcyclist Magazine | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Much like Harley-Davidson and Moto Guzzi, Ducati is associated with a single engine design—its signature 90 degree “L-twin.” Save for the V-four-powered MotoGP racebikes, it’s been since the ultra-rare, race-only Supermono single was discontinued in 1995 that the Italian firm has produced anything other than desmodromic-valved V-twins. But this wasn’t always the case. For the three decades prior to 1985, the year Cagiva bought Ducati and decided to focus almost exclusively on the V-twin layout, the company also produced a variety of singles and parallel twins, while the testing department experimented with a wild diversity of engine configurations and designs—most of which have been lost to history and not even displayed in Ducati’s factory museum.

Read more: http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/122_1306_abandoned_ducati_prototype_engines/viewall.html#ixzz2TqxAqZLJ

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Some of the cool motors on display inside the Ducati Corse entrance atrium

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15 Motorcycles To Make You A Man

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There is something about a motorcycle that is fundamentally manly. Even if there’s a woman on the bike (for the picture obviously) the beast beneath always shines through. If you don’t own a motorcycle, you want one. If you do own a motorcycle, you want more. No amount of crashes, kids, or horror stories will dissuade men from their love of an engine strapped to two wheels. These bikes don’t just put the wind in your hair and a hottie in your lap, they’re a direct line to your testosterone and adrenaline.

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Interesting read. This list is so eclectic we haven't even heard of some of them. Honestly have to wonder how the Streetfihter even made the list 

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'MotoGP needs new Countries'

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The MotoGP World Championship found itself “hostage” of the Spanish riders, something obvious for a long time, but yesterday to raise the issue was the number one of Dorna. “Maybe it is the time to put a limit on the maximum number of riders of the same nationality in each category” he suggested, worried about the chance that an Iberian championship could have little appeal in the rest of the world. “It is a difficult problem, so the solution can't be easy” thinks Paolo Ciabatti, this year Ducati MotoGP Project Director, but until the last year “on the other side of the fence” as the Superbike Director .

Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013051810247/La-MotoGP-ha-bisogno-di-nuovi-Paesi.html#ixzz2TkYxSwvM

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Interesting problem. So how would this work? Spain would train and turn out the world's GP Racers?  (Stoner came thru the Spanish training system) 

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