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New Ducati Diavel. Don't call me a cruiser. - YouTube

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Intoxicating design with an innovative LED headlight, refined rider comfort, 162 hp of the latest generation Testastretta engine and incredible handling: the new Diavel changes the rules of the cruiser concept.

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Ducati Diavel Carbon Unveiled | Ducati.net

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New Ducati Diavel Carbon Unveiled in Geneva
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Italy - Ducati Streetfighter 848 - MotoGeo Adventures - YouTube

For the Italian adventure, MotoGeo's Jamie Robinson rode the awesome Ducati Streetfighter 848 through the picturesque countryside and historic city streets, ...
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Lovely. Like a little Italian vacation....

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A very entertaining video.  Really makes me want to see Italy (of course..I always have).

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Dovizioso: the best Ducati I ever rode

Dovizioso: the best Ducati I ever rode | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati has chosen and Andrea Dovizioso, always sincere, had anticipated it to GPOne the last January. The third best lap time Dovizioso set today at Sepang is the best he has ever done on the Malaysian track , and it brought him less than one tenth off the two front runners, Rossi and Pedrosa. Crutchlow also showed considerable progress over the three days in which he was able to further get to grips with the bike he will be racing in his first season in Ducati.

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Cal Crutchlow talks Open MotoGP move

Cal Crutchlow talks Open MotoGP move | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Having finally secured a MotoGP ride with a manufacturer team, is Cal Crutchlow disappointed by Ducati's decision to go Open class? Not at all.... 

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MotoGP. The Software of discord - Moto.it

MotoGP. The Software of discord - Moto.it | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

From Moto.it (in Italian)

In Sepang controversy erupts on the new Magneti Marelli, which would favor the Ducati.And Carmelo Ezpeleta rubs his hands ... 

SEPANG - Controversy, resentment, accusations more or less direct: we are only at the winter testing, but the MotoGP 2014 is already pretty "hot." The last case (for the moment) relates to the control unit of the single "Open", the same for all also in the software.provide to the system - hardware including the "Factory" - is the Magneti Marelli, at a price of16,000 Euros per unit , dashboard, inertial platform and control panel. 


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The short of the story is that the latest (and really complex) version of the software for the open class is said to have been developed by Ducati and presented to Magneti Marelli for use as the Open spec software. If true:  Magnanimous gesture = a very Italian solution to the ECU disadvantage


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2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S Test Ride

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This fiery Italian may look like it was tapped with an ugly stick, but the third-gen Ducati Monster 1200 is the best naked bike from Bologna yet.
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Ducati: Dovi and Iannone tested the Open

Ducati: Dovi and Iannone tested the Open | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The long awaited moment has finally arrived: today at Sepang Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone have got their first taste of their Ducati under the Open option. And they got different impressions on it. If Dovi’s lap times were almost identical with both configurations, Iannone preferred the Factory option.

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Presenting…My office. This literally IS Vicki’s View | Ducati.net

Presenting…My office. This literally IS Vicki’s View | Ducati.net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

We’ve been collecting Ducati items for years and years with the end game being to set them up in a museum display of some type.  Some of you have seen some of it at the MotoGP’s on Ducati Island. Well, it’s finally found a home.  Still a work in progress (haven’t done the floors yet). And the rest of the move in is still progressing but we are largely done with this room which is where I work. 

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Troy Bayliss to come out of retirement?

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Three-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss may come out of retirement if Ducati allows him his wish to do a wild card race entry 


Some say racing keeps you young and, judging by the looks and manners of Troy Bayliss, they are right. The 44-year-old Australian had been strolling around the WSBK paddock in Phillip Island, officially as Pirelli's ambassador, for something more than just handshakes and pictures.

Read more: http://www.sportrider.com/news/146_1402_is_troy_bayliss_coming_out_of_retirement/#ixzz2uH7ThxWl

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2014 MotoGP Racing Preview: Fuel Consumption

2014 MotoGP Racing Preview: Fuel Consumption | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Source:Kevin Cameron for Cycle World:


Reduced fuel capacity means rougher engine response, just like a two-stroke. 

We’ve all just been reading about developments revealed at the first preseason MotoGP test at Sepang, Malaysia. This is the first public running of the prototype “Factory” Honda and Yamaha engines under the new rule reducing fuel quantity from 21 liters to 20 (“Open” entries get 24 liters). Although most accounts have the Hondas dealing with this better than the Yamahas, engine operation is harsher, and coming on-throttle is now less smooth.


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Ola Lennström (Öhlins suspension) - Q&A

Ola Lennström (Öhlins suspension) - Q&A | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

An interview with Ola Lennström from Ohlins, the dominant suspension brand in both MotoGP and WSBK competition....  


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Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team conclude today's practice in overall third place

Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team conclude today's practice in overall third place | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

From Ducati Superbike Team:


Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 21 February 2014 – Bad weather conditioned the first day of track action for the Ducati Superbike Team today at Phillip Island. The two riders, Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies, were unable to make use of session one due to rain, but in the afternoon session Giugliano powered his 1199 Panigale into third position while Davies closed ninth, victim of a crash, though without physical consequences, towards the session’s end. The first practice session took place this morning in wet conditions (air temperature 19°C, track temperature 18°C) and the Ducati Superbike men, along with most of the other SBK riders, decided to sit out the session and wait for conditions to improve this afternoon. At the close of this first 45-minute session, only six riders had made timed laps. Conditions picked up considerably in time for the afternoon session. On a completely dry track, Davies and Giugliano went straight out, ready to make the most of the 45-minute session, having lost out on valuable track time this morning. Giugliano made some fast laps in the first phase but put in his best lap in the final seconds of the session, moving up into third position thanks to a lap time of 1’31.2, just one tenth of a second from today’s leader Alex Lowes. His team-mate Davies improved towards mid-session but unfortunately his session came to a premature close after a highside at Turn 9 ten minutes before the end of the practice. The British rider, despite the bad crash, fortunately didn’t suffer any serious injury and closed the session in ninth position, with a best time of 1’31.7. Chaz will participate in tomorrow’s sessions. This season a rule change means that times from Friday’s two free practice sessions and Saturday morning’s practice are combined to establish who qualifies for Saturday afternoon’s Superpole 1 and 2.


Davide Giugliano – Ducati Superbike Team #34 “It’s gone quite well this afternoon. We’ve had to try various things, considering how different track conditions were today compared to testing earlier this week. We worked on different bike set-ups and I’d say that we’re at a good point. We also tested the new tyre compound; it was a little difficult to find a good feeling with it but once we went back to the tyres that we had used during testing things improved greatly and everything worked well. For now I’m fairly pleased but there’s more work to do tomorrow of course.”

Chaz Davies – Ducati Superbike Team #7 “It’s been quite a difficult day. We lost time this morning because of the bad weather and so we needed a good session this afternoon. It was a pity about the crash because up until that point I felt that times were coming fairly easily. I hit my head but, after resting up tonight, I’ll be ready to get back on track tomorrow and continue working with my team to find the best set-up for my Panigale at this track.”

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At Audi’s Party, Ducati Unveils a Redesigned Diavel

At Audi’s Party, Ducati Unveils a Redesigned Diavel | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Already a model with no-nonsense looks, the updated Diavel broadcasts a message of “get out of my way.”


GENEVA — When the German carmaker Audi acquired the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati for about $1 billion in 2012, many in the auto industry wondered how Ducati might fit into Audi’s business plans.

Perhaps a first indication of that unfolded here Monday evening when a redesigned Ducati Diavel motorcycle was introduced along with Audi’s new 4-wheel models at a Geneva Motor Show preview.


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Phillip Island Test: Strong start and a few scares for Crutchlow

Phillip Island Test: Strong start and a few scares for Crutchlow | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Cal Crutchlow took the new 'Open' Ducati to second fastest during day one of the Phillip Island MotoGP test - despite nearly going "over the handlebars twelve times in five laps!". 

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Instagram photo by Andrea Dovizioso

Cash ready .. x Australia 

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Ducati Monster 1200S review and video - The Telegraph

Ducati Monster 1200S review and video - The Telegraph | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Ducati shows naked ambition with its slick Monster 1200S, updating a tried and trusted formula


Ducati faced some big decisions when developing the Monster 1200, the latest flagship model of the naked V-twin family whose success has been vital to the firm for the last two decades. The market for sporty naked machines, which was kick-started by the original M900 Monster's launch in 1993, has recently exploded into life.


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Ducati hits new record in motorcycle sales - USA is #1 Market

Ducati hits new record in motorcycle sales - USA is #1 Market | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati broke it's 2012 all time record of 44,102 in 2013, ending the year with 44,287.   The USA was it's #1 market, followed by Italy and Germany.


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MotoGP Rules Primer: Open vs Factory, The Short Version

MotoGP Rules Primer: Open vs Factory, The Short Version | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

With Ducati having elected to switch to racing as an Open entry in the MotoGP class, it is time for a quick refresher course on the rules. Below is a primer on the key differences between racing as an Open entry and racing as a Factory Option entry, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.


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Great explanation. Now if somebody could just explain EVO in WSBK this clearly...

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Ducati Superbike Design by Steven Galpin

Ducati Superbike Design by Steven Galpin | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Recently Ducati.net posted a design study drawn by Steven Galpin, a young UK design school graduate. He approached us with his final year project which he had spent some time working on. He envisioned it as the Ultimate Ducati streetbike, and a tribute to Valentino Rossi to celebrate the end of his career.  His hope was that we might help him get his name out because he is seeking a job. To say it was a popular post would be an understatement. In just a few days the post has had almost 400,000 views and more than 3500 “shares”. In the process there were a lot of great questions posted seeking more information on the design, which once again, is a student drawing, not something penned by the manufacturer.  And while there might be some pretty great leaps of whimsy, it’s hard not to like the way he’s thinking…

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The Marquez affair: Yamaha and Ducati say no

The Marquez affair: Yamaha and Ducati say no | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

The consequences of Marquez’ recent injury, (he has broken his fibula during a dirt-track training session in Lleida one week ago), is causing a controversy that it was difficult to predict.

The facts: Marc is recovering and it would be too risky for him to get back on track the next Monday at Phillip Island for the Bridgestone testing session, and it would be easier for him to take part in the session scheduled on March 7th at Losail, in Qatar.
Honda would like to take this option otherwise Marc would start to the season having missed six testing days. That’s why the Japanese Factory asked the Race Direction to allow Marc to test in Qatar instead than in Australia and they were granted permission.



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Roll Like a VIP with a MotoGP Paddock Pass from Circuit of The Americas

Roll Like a VIP with a MotoGP Paddock Pass from Circuit of The Americas | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) is excited to announce that spectators can now enjoy the once exclusive privilege of hanging out in the MotoGP paddock. 
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More details here on what is included. There seems to be some paddock pass only entertainment besides the usual "better team access" for your $150...

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Sepang MotoGP Test: Testing continues without World Champion Marquez

Sepang MotoGP Test: Testing continues without World Champion Marquez | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Wednesday to Friday will be a critical three days as MotoGP™ pre-season testing continues at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit. This will mark the last time before the opening race that all Factory teams share a track with their rivals, although Marc Marquez will not be attending…
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Open, Open, Open... Four days left to decide...

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Ducati Superbike Team: Phillip Island, Promising Start to 2014 Season

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Davide Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike team made a very promising start to the 2014 Superbike World Championship today at Phillip Island, closing both races inside the top five, a very encouraging result coming at the end of a positive weekend. Chaz Davies closed the races in seventh and eighth position. 


Davide Giugliano - Ducati Superbike Team #34
“In race 1 I was quite relaxed. I managed to lap fast by only riding at about 70%, saving that extra 30% for the end of the race but unfortunately the grip became an issue maybe five or six from the end. In the second race, I immediately realised that conditions were warmer than the first and so I tried to limit the damage by holding back a little. Then later I started to push and was catching those ahead of me – I think I could have battled for the podium if the race had gone full distance but unfortunately they stopped the race after 14 laps. Anyway, overall it’s been a great weekend. We’ve shown that, as far as the chassis and my riding is concerned, that we’ve arrived. We were consistently fast throughout the weekend and this gives us confidence for the next races. Today’s results are very encouraging for me, for the team and for Ducati.”
 
Chaz Davies - Ducati Superbike Team #7
“I am a little disappointed in terms of race results. In race one we had a rear tyre issue and I gradually lost grip from maybe the mid-race point. Race 2 was a little better, I was hanging in there with the front group, managing to edge my way up through the field to about fifth. Then at about lap 10 I felt like I lost power and so I slowed down because I didn’t know what was happening. It was a shame as I think we were in for a better result in race 2. I felt more comfortable, with the team having made some changes between the first and second races. Anyway, there are positives to take away from the weekend. Solid points in each race for example – it’s the first time I’ve scored points in both Superbike races at Phillip Island. I also made the fastest lap of race one. But I know we’re capable of more, everyone’s working hard and the bike is feeling good. Roll on Aragon.” 
 
Ernesto Marinelli - Ducati Superbike Project Director
“As often happens at this track, the stresses on the rear tyre somewhat conditioned our races today, but we nevertheless brought home important points. Davide’s two fourth place finishes, coming at the end of a weekend in which he was consistently among the frontrunners, and Chaz’s lap record in race 1 confirm that their talent combined with the potential of our Panigale allows us to fight for the positions that count. I’m very pleased with the work of our entire team and I want to thank the guys in Ducati Corse in Bologna who, with hard work and determination, are moving the development of this project forward.” 
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Front row start for Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team

Front row start for Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
 Nice job by the Ducati Superbike Team who continue the good pace they established in testing by securing a 2nd place spot for Davide Giugliano yesterday in the WSBK season opener at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. 

Things haven't been quite as smooth for Chaz Davies when an unexpected skid resulted in a qualifying setback, and a forth row start. 
 
Davide Giugliano - Ducati Superbike Team #34
“I’m really pleased with the work I’ve completed with my team over the last two days. Up until now we’ve had a good pace but we need to see what track conditions are like tomorrow and then see what we can do. We’re very pleased to be able to start from the front row tomorrow and second place is an important result for us. I hope to be able to make a solid start – the start is one of strengths usually. I’m also happy with having made a 1’30.2 with the race tyre, it was a nice surprise when I saw that time appear on my dashboard. I’m feeling confident for tomorrow, and I’ll be fighting hard to be part of the leading group.”
 
Chaz Davies - Ducati Superbike Team #7 
“It seemed like we had a few problems with the rear tyre through the last corners and I almost highsided coming out of the final turn, the tyre just seemed to run out of grip. This was disappointing as I was on a fast lap and would have moved up the grid a fair bit if it hadn’t been for that. To be honest I didn’t do a great job on the race tyre which probably hurt me, but then with the qualifier I lost a good half second through that final section. I think we’re in a fairly good position as far as pace is concerned so I hope to be able to make a good start and make some passes early on. Having said that, it won’t be easy starting from the fourth row.”
Due to the time zone difference between AU and the USA, tomorrows SBK races will air live, tonight in the USA on BeIN channel starting at 7:30pm EST
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Worth mentioning is the good job by Niccola Canepa and the Althea Racing EVO 1199 Panigale who qualified in 10th place

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