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Ducati's Fores Captures IDM/German Superbike Championship At Hockenheim

From www.roadracingworld.com

Ducati's Fores Captures IDM/German Superbike Championship At Hockenheim

The Ducati 1199 Panigale R triumphs in the German Superbike championship


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

11 wins out of 15 races.  Ducati Domination! 

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Q&A - Chaz Davies | WSBK Interview

From www.crash.net

Crash.net catches up with Ducati WSBK rider Chaz Davies to discuss his season so far, the future and his opinions on the Circuit of Wales. 


Q&A Chaz Davies


Crash.net 
This is your first season on the Ducati, how do you view it so far? 

Chaz Davies 
It's gone about as expected. It's been up and down with podiums here and there. The podium at Imola came a bit out of the blue, I didn't expect to be quite that competitive there, and then in six races I had three DNFs in Portugal, Misano and at Laguna Seca I barely started. We had some DNFs there but I felt that the pace was there with a front row at Portimao and Laguna and then getting on the podium last weekend at Jerez. It's been about what was expected and a little bit up and down but it's a development year and we've gone from strength to strength in a few areas of the bike but as we've improved in some areas we've had to change the way that the bike works in others. We've made it a lot lighter, its lost 5kg compared to last year, and the engine is a lot more powerful so we're playing around and getting closer to the limit of the bike. 

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Very intelligent interview, worth a read

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Ducati Test Rider Michele Pirro to Aprilia? | Ducati.net

From www.ducati.net

Key Ducati Corse MotoGP Development Ingredient Pirro in Play???

In a move that potentially could severely undercut the Ducati Corse development program, Italian media is reporting that Aprilia has contacted Ducati test pilot Michele Pirro regarding a full time position on the Aprilia factory GP entry that deploys in 2015. 


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Is this Aprilia just plain playing dirty? Hard to see it any other way...

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MotoGP Silly Season State Of Play Post Misano In A Nutshell - Updated

From www.motomatters.com

Misano was the stage for a flurry of negotiating among riders, though much of it was dependent on the fate of Scott Redding. As was previously the case with Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow, Redding was proving pivotal in which seats would be available. With Redding now firmly ensconced in the Marc VDS Racing team for the next two years, the other seats can start to fill up.

Below is a list of all of the seats currently filled and available in MotoGP, with notes on individual contracts and speculation on who could fill the empty seats.

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Officially right now there are still three open Ducati seats on the 2015 grid...

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Cal Crutchlow worried by slow Ducati pace

From www.motorcyclenews.com

Cal Crutchlow says he is not worried that his nightmare experience at Ducati will have an impact on his switch to the LCR Honda squad...
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Scrambler Ducati to premiere at Intermot 2014 on September 30th

The Scrambler Ducati will be unveiled at Intermot 2014 (aka the Cologne motorshow) Tuesday, 30 September, 2014. Meanwhile, the unfolding of the Scrambler launch campaign can be followed via the dedicated website at www.scramblerducati.comEvery day, up to September 30, an image with a protagonist and a detail of the bike will be posted, all in perfect Scrambler style.
 
The Scrambler will be on sale in Ducati Dealerships starting from early 2015. 
 
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Ducati Diavel Carbon reviewed: The Diavel is in the detail

From www.mirror.co.uk

Hard to believe, but the Italian muscle cruiser just got even better
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Like the way this guy writes.  His descriptions are like the old Fast Bikes mag style of writing which never failed to make me laugh out loud.

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New Ducati 1299 Panigale confirmed - albeit by accident

From www.visordown.com

Look closely at this picture. What do you see?
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Extending the LONG tradition of bike unveiling's at EICMA that have previously been outed on the internet in endlessly various ways

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11,000mi: Riding a motorcycle to the end of the world.

From imgur.com

A motorcycle ride of a lifetime from San Francisco, California

to Anchorage, Alaska on a Ducati SportClassic and a KLR – captured by two photographer friends with the end goal of making a book called The Ride North. 

Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Photos so spectacular it'll send you bucket list planning (that's a SportClassic under all that luggage)

spesialtips's comment, September 17, 4:12 AM
coooolllll... damn I realllyyy like it... u r rock man ............................................http://www.spesialtps.com

Ducati 1199 Streetfighter Concepts by Shantau Jog

From www.asphaltandrubber.com

One of the reason we show concept sketches here on Asphalt & Rubber is to help churn the imagination of our more creative two-wheeled brethren, so it warms my soul a little bit when a reader sends me something they’ve produced, which is due in part to their daily A&R patronage.


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Ducati Team Rider Cal Crutchlow's Problems Analyzed by Kevin Cameron

From www.cycleworld.com

Five possible explanations for some of the trouble that the Ducati rider has encountered this season. Technical Editor Kevin Cameron breaks it down  

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I took on the fastest man on the Dragon with a 458 Speciale

From www.roadandtrack.com

One man discreetly rules Tennessee's Route 129, the deadly two-lane known as the Tail of the Dragon. We brought a Ferrari, a little courage, and a hint of stupidity to chase him down.
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

This road is legendary to Ducati riders. Thought this story, though mostly car based, was still really worth sharing (and yes, the guy on the right IS wearing a Ducati shirt)

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What Makes the Ducati 1199 Superleggera So Light?

From www.cycleworld.com

A technical look at Ducati’s street-legal 1199 Superleggera sportbike.  

Ducati’s 1199 Superleggera was awarded the Best Superbike title by Cycle World this year. No additional words are needed, right? Wrong. needed! Its 390-lb. “ready to ride” weight is fantastic for a fully dressed superbike with 200-plus horsepower. It really is the closest there is to a pure SBK racer in terms of power to weight. It’s the ultimate version of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, which, even in its base form, is a benchmark with regard to weight containment

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Renard Speed Shop's Ducati cafe racer

From www.bikeexif.com

The custom world is dominated by studiously monochrome bikes, so this bright and breezy little Ducati Vento café racer is a welcome splash of color.
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MotoGP Misano: Bridgestone at fault for crashes - Rossi

From www.bikesportnews.com

The hard front wasn't getting up to temperature, he believes

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi says Bridgestone’s hard compound wet tyres were at fault for the MotoGP free practice crash-fest at Misano today with the accident tally going into double figures and The Doctor himself going down this morning. Rossi crashed on the brakes with zero degress of lean angle and it was an accident replicated throughout the field. Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro had the same crash in turn one within second of each other, and Rossi said it is down to the tyres. - See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=MotoGP-Misano:-Bridgestone-at-fault-for-crashes---Rossi&newsid=12983#sthash.oihGY2UD.dpuf

Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Tough day, both sessions were crash fests...

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Ducati and Avintia Racing join forces

From www.motogp.com

Avintia Racing will run Ducati machinery in MotoGP™ for the next two years, further to an agreement announced on Friday at Misano.


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

It's official, Ducati's on the grid in 2015!

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Rossi: I don’t regret joining Ducati

From www.crash.net

MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi insists he doesn’t regret his decision to join Ducati..  

Rossi, who had won seven titles with Honda and Yamaha, saw an all-Italian dream turn into a nightmare with just three podiums during two seasons on the Desmosedici. 

In an interview with the official MotoGP website Rossi is quoted as saying it was a mistake to go to Ducati, but felt his words have been misunderstood. 

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2014 Misano MotoGP Preview: On Honda At A Yamaha Track, Ducati's Test Bonus, And The Redding And Crew Chief Merry-go-round

From www.motomatters.com

With Marc Marquez back to winning ways at Silverstone, the Misano round of MotoGP (or to give it its full name, the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini) is the next venue to host the Marquez MotoGP record demolition steamroller. At Misano, Marquez can equal Mick Doohan's record of twelve wins in a single season, clearing the way for him to break that record at a following round.

What are the odds of him actually achieving that? Misano is a circuit where he has had a great deal of success, having won in 125s and both the Moto2 races he contested here. A mistake during last year's MotoGP race meant he lost ground on the leaders, though he recovered to finish in fourth. Going by his past record, Marquez is once again favorite to win.

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

"Fast and Motivated" he call's Dovi and Iannone.  Looking forward to the weekend...

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Hypermotard SP : Hyper Adrenaline - YouTube

From www.youtube.com

A raised set-up, forged Marchesini rims, fully adjustable suspensions with an ultralight Marzocchi aluminium front forks and Öhlins rear shock absorber for an extraordinary dry weight of 171 kg. ABS and Ducati Traction Control as standard, so you can concentrate on having a good time. And the incredible Ducati Corse livery underlines the fact that the Hypermotard SP is an uncompromisingly sporty bike, ready to face any challenge.

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Win Andrea Dovizioso’s race suit worn during the Indianapolis GP!

From www.charitystars.com

Win the jumpsuit worn by Andrea Dovizioso for the Indianapolis MotoGP on Augyst 10th 2014, autographed by Andrea himself and Valentino Rossi!

The jumpsuit worn by Andrea Dovizioso for the Indianapolis MotoGP on Augyst 10th 2014, autographed by Andrea himself and Valentino Rossi!

About the suit:

During the first laps of the race there was a jostle between Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, because he surpassed Andrea a little too aggressively, and the wheel of the bike left a mark on the jumpsuit! Valentino immediately apologized and Andrea passed it off as a simple moment of contact during the race.

His statements following the heated race

“I can’t complain about the first fifteen laps” says the Forli racer “the first six were even exciting I was in front of Vale at some points, although I think that he wasn’t pushing his limits at that time, but I couldn’t overtake him because if I did we would’ve touched, however the Yamaha is able complete better curves. We would’ve touched. No, more like: I would’ve been in him”.

He did it in his place…

"Yes, first I felt a hit on my left knee, then the pressure continued on my thigh, until the point where the wheel reached my shoulder. You can say I kept him on the track, but I don’t want polemics: it was a simple contact during the race. I haven’t spoken to Valentino yet, but Ive been told he apologized on TV”.

Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Your chance to own "the" suit with Rossi's tire track on it. What a great conversation piece for a great cause.

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SBK, Carlos Checa, what remains of the day

From www.gpone.com

After twenty years experiences in running precariously looking for an elusive limit, stop does not necessarily mean to cut ties with the past. Simply, it is an opportunity to interpret it in a different perspective. Like when you browse a photo album forgotten on a dusty shelf for some time. The colors of the images seem different, perhaps emerge details of which had not been noticed, but the outlines remain unchanged and well defined.

Read more: SBK, Carlos Checa, quel che resta del giorno http://www.gpone.com/en/2014090714699/Carlos-Checa-quel-che-resta-del-giorno.html#ixzz3Cr6DQxda 

 
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Best interview with Carlos Checa I have seen in ages.  In Italian but Google goes a pretty good job with just an auto translate

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Ducati Sport Classic GT1000- Best Used Standard Motorcycles Review

From www.cycleworld.com

Ducati’s Sport Classic GT1000 was slightly ahead of its time and became an instant classic. 

For the rest on why this is a great used bike pick click HERE

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Davies and the Ducati Superbike Team back on the podium in SBK race 1

From www.worldsbk.com

Yesterday’s first SBK race at Jerez saw the Ducati Superbike Team celebrate a return to the podium with Chaz Davies. The British rider crossed the line in third place in race one, fourth in race two. Two DNFs for Davide Giugliano, who crashed unhurt in the first encounter and was forced to an early retirement in race 2 due to a technical problem.


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