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Mechanic Spotlight: Mark Elder- Ducati MotoGP Racing Mechanic

Mechanic Spotlight: Mark Elder- Ducati MotoGP Racing Mechanic | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

American MotoGP technician shares his two favorite tools.

He's one of four people responsible for the daily on-track function of Andrea Dovizioso’s factory Desmosedici GP14.  


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Sergio Robbiano, the heir of Tamburini, dies in a road accident

Sergio Robbiano, the heir of Tamburini, dies in a road accident | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Italian motorcycling mourns one of its most appreciated and famous designers, Sergio Robbiano, 48, who lost his life in a fatal collision between a motorcycle and a truck in the municipality of Torriglia in Trebbia. 

HEIR - Sergio Robbiano, born in Palermo, but long resident in Genoa, was one of the favorite students of Massimo Tamburini, one of the greatest Italian architects of motion, who passed away recently after a long illness. Robbiano had worked at the CRC, the research center Castiglioni, where they designed the Ducati 916. During that time he had followed the whole project Cagiva Mito Ev 125 and edited the lines of Husqvarna models, as well. He then worked at the Bimota (where he signed the 500 V2 and the DB5) and the manufacturer of AGV helmets. 
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Ducati Wins Middleweight Division and Takes Two Open Division Podium Positions at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Ducati Wins Middleweight Division and Takes Two Open Division Podium Positions at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati riders achieved the Middleweight Division victory and four of the five top motorcycle times of the day at the 92nd running of the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year's introduction of new rules and new motorcycle racing divisions, including the "Motorcycle Middleweight Division" and "Motorcycle Open Division," brought with it a field of strong competitors challenging for top times


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Ben Spies Blog: Life after Racing

Ben Spies Blog: Life after Racing | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Former MotoGP racer and World Superbike champion Ben Spies blogs for BT Sport and tells us about his life after racing.
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Video - How Ducati makes you hyper -- HYPE Experience

Subscribe for more exciting videos from Ducati Thailand : http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=ThailandDucati Ducati Thailand Youtube Channel:...
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Best.Demo ride. EVER.  Seriously, watch the video, it's amazing.

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Pikes Peak - Spider Grips Ducati Team Back to Defend Record

Pikes Peak - Spider Grips Ducati Team Back to Defend Record | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Micky Dymond and Don Canet, and two Multistrada 1200 S models will race the clock to the summit of Pikes Peak in the quest to defend the all-time fastest motorcycle record time of 9:52.819 set on a Spider Grips Ducati Multistrada in 2012. and extend the winning streak of four-consecutive years of victories for Ducati and the Multistrada at Pikes. 

Cheer for the Ducati team and receive race updates by visiting the Ducati Twitter (@DucatiUSA), Instagram (DucatiUSA) and Facebook pages (Ducati). You can also view the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb live online atwww.ppihc.com.

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A Celebration of Timely Celebrations. George Barber and the AMA Hall of Fame

A Celebration of Timely Celebrations. George Barber and the AMA Hall of Fame | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
George Barber gets nominated into the AMA Hall of Fame

I often see updates from my friends that say things like Mary is “feeling happy today at (fill in the blank)” which I guess is Facebook’s way of helping us out with the hard things but right now I am going to steal a page from their playbook because I can honestly say “Vicki Smith is feeling happy today reading her email”. Why? Well, the one I just opened say’s George Barber got nominated to the AMA Hall of Fame on the first ballet and that, well, that makes me very happy.


Here’s why....

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A little paying it back for the guy that has been paying it forward for a long time

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Iannone secures top Ducati spot at Assen

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Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone secured fourth on the grid ahead of both Ducati Team riders at the Iveco Daily TT Assen on Friday.


Mixed weather made for a tricky Q2 at the historic Assen track. ‘Open’ equipped Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) was able to claim pole ahead of factory riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda).

Iannone put in an impressive performance, fighting through a group of riders to achieve a 1’40.786s, good enough for fourth. Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) was fifth, with fellow factory rider Andrea Dovizoso in seventh.

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5th. And Cal Crutchlow finally catches a break!

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Ducati 900SS custom by Atom Bomb

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With the new-wave custom scene continually evolving and diversifying, it’s becoming progressively more difficult to classify custom motorcycles. Even the mere mention of the term “café racer” is enough to send purists into a frenzy these days. It gets even more complicated when the donors are ’90s-model Ducatis—an emerging trend that we’re loving.

Who better to blur the lines than Clay Rathburn of Atom Bomb Custom Motorcycles? Clay’s a master craftsman whose work we’ve featured multiple times, and who seems to be able to turn his hand to any style of bike. His latest creation is this breathtaking Ducati 900SS-based café-racer-cum-streetfighter.

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The amazing race Ducati collection of Tony O'Neill - YouTube

British man Tony O'Neill has and incredible collection of works Ducati race bikes ranging from 1993 Falappa 888 to a 2007 Desmosedici 800. Take a tour with u...
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This is the same collection that we posted the Bikesocial on yesterday. This is from 2007, as you can see the collection just keeps getting more important by the year.

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Ducati Monster 821 & 2501. Street Art. - YouTube

 For over two decades, Monster has inspired not just motorcycling enthusiasts, but engineers, designers, artists. An intangible quality that surrounds the Monster has achieved something quite rare: a cult following even in the realm of visual and creative arts. To celebrate the iconic value of the new Monster 821, the Italian mural artist "2501" was inspired to free his creative spirit and incorporate the motorcycle into an original creation which would accentuate the style and dynamism of the shapes in a new dimension.

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Ducati Superbike Team - Misano Race Day Photo Gallery

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Images from Sunday's races...

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Ducati Superbike Team - Misano | Superpole!

Ducati Superbike Team - Misano | Superpole! | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Comments after today's Superpole:


Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 2nd (1’35.079)
“I’m really enjoying riding here at Misano this weekend and am very pleased with the second place finish today because the lap time came relatively easily compared with my ‘normal’ Superpole laps. We still need to make a little improvement, especially through the section leading to the long turn, but we’ve already made some progress in that regard during today’s sessions. I’m very happy anyway and will be doing my best to score two strong results tomorrow in front of the home crowd.”

Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 7th (1’35.602)
“I didn’t do a bad lap on the qualifier but it wasn’t great either. I had a little vibration at the rear while braking which didn’t allow me to hold the line the line that I wanted, affecting the grip, and then I also made a small mistake in sector 1. I wasn’t able to get the best out of the qualifier, and am a little frustrated to be on the third row to be honest. Saying that, I’ve come through before and I think we have good pace so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.  I hope it’s not too hot though as that was a problem for us in Malaysia.”
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Photo Gallery - Ducati Teams, Pikes Peak 2014

Photo Gallery - Ducati Teams, Pikes Peak 2014 | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Ducati's race to the clouds! Thanks Ducati USA for these spectacular photos...

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Ducati Winchester IndyGP Private Gasoline Alley Suite Offer

Ducati Winchester IndyGP Private Gasoline Alley Suite Offer | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

What are you waiting for? Only 8 days until 2014 Indy MotoGP!!!!

 

  Ducati Winchester/Duc Pond Motosports for the second year have a Gasoline Alley Suite and Hotel for the 2014 Indy MotoGP. This offer is open to any MotoGP fan that prefers to enjoy The 2014 Indy MotoGP in style and comfort.

 

  Your ticket buys three days in the Ducati Winchester paddock suite directly above the MotoGP team garage "boxes" with paddock passes, breakfast, lunch, snacks & drinks…

Then, relax with us for two nights in our hotel with a wonderful restaurant and bar….less than ten minutes from the Speedway.

 

Just a few spots left…reserve today…call Ducati Winchester/Duc Pond Motosports @ 540-667-3498 or email ducpondmoto@verizon.net

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2015 Ducati Monster 821 | First Ride

2015 Ducati Monster 821 | First Ride | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

They say: “The essential Monster”
We say: “Who needs 1,200cc?”


The mighty Monster is evolving. Earlier this year we pitted the new Monster 1200 against a bright crop of new-for-2014 naked bikes for our July cover story, and it acted more refined and mature than ever. A standard liquid-cooled engine, along with a longer wheelbase and more room for a passenger highlighted the flagship Monster's lean toward sensibility.

Read more: http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/firstrides/2015_ducati_monster_821_first_ride/#ixzz36EizqiJk


 

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Dall'Igna on efforts to take Ducati back to top

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In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Luigi Dall'Igna - the General Manager of Ducati Corse – has given an insight into how the Italian manufacturer are working towards the next phase of their MotoGP™ project.
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Race Day! Ducati Team - Assen MotoGP Photo Gallery

Race Day! Ducati Team - Assen MotoGP Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Andrea Dovizioso today ran an almost perfect race on the Dutch TT circuit at Assen, where the eighth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship was held. With an intelligent strategy, the Ducati Team rider perfectly interpreted the difficult weather conditions to take home a well-deserved second place, behind winner Marquez. With this result, the second podium of the season after a third at Austin, Dovizioso moves up one place in the world championship and is now fourth on 91 points

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Anytime Marc Marquez say's he thought he was going to have to settle for second and that he was ok with that as a good result, you have had a damn fine day at the races...

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Ductalk: Follow Ducati rider @CW1Canet on Twitter for Pikes Peak news and views

Ductalk: Follow Ducati rider @CW1Canet on Twitter for Pikes Peak  news and views | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
CW1Canet @CW1Canet · I attended the mandatory rookie riders meeting today. Posing here with another Pikes Peak newbie, Guy Martin.



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Don Canet is the team mate of Micky Diamond on the Pikes Peak Spider Grips Ducati Team and he is providing simply excellent coverage of the event via his Twitter feed Here

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Ducati Team - Assen GP Friday | Photo Gallery

Ducati Team - Assen GP Friday | Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

In an incredible Q2 session, marked by light rain that increased in intensity, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso managed to make the best of the conditions to set fifth and seventh quickest times respectively. As a result the two Ducati Team riders will start tomorrow’s TT Assen, round 8 of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, from rows 2 and 3 of the grid.


Photos courtesy of Ducati  

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Ducati Team - Assen MotoGP | Thursday | Photo Gallery

Ducati Team - Assen MotoGP | Thursday | Photo Gallery | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Don't forget, this weekend the race is on Saturday!

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Ducati Monster 821 . Essentially Monster. Action video. - YouTube

Dynamic video filmed in the beautiful hills around Bologna & Ducati factory. A bold and essential form shaped by a unique history, combined with the unmistakable Ducati roar released from the 112hp Testastretta 11° engine, are hallmarks of the Monster 821. Trellis frame, Riding Modes, and the Ducati Safety Pack are the elements that bring you unprecedented riding pleasure. Monster 821. Designed according to your desires, to be even more Monster.

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One man's £50 million Ducati Collection

One man's £50 million Ducati Collection | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
In a heavily secured workshop in Southern England is one man’s multi-million pound personal motorcycle collection. It includes more MotoGP bikes and World Superbikes than even the Ducati factory itself owns. Rumoured to be worth in the region of £50,000,000. We were let in to the secret location for a quick look round, and still can’t quite believe what we saw.
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This collection is legendary...

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Ducati Island, Laguna Seca SBK 1995

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When Ducati's Were Red. Laguna Seca Ducati Island Turns 19

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Near as I can figure, Ducati Island Laguna Seca turns 19 this year so when I found these old photos I thought they were worth sharing. There is, of course, a back story:

That little piece of land now known world wide as Ducati Island was originally under contract to another company. We heard a rumor the space might come available so my business partners and I made a deal with the track and rented it on a multi-year contract. The inspiration? ...


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Working on the Ducati Bike show and sound contest for this years Island now. For a look at last years Laguna Seca Ducati Island on www.Ducatiphotos.com, click HERE


Have an entry/questions? contact me directly.


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Ducati Multistrada D-air first test (well, kind of)

Ducati Multistrada D-air first test (well, kind of) | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Keys, wallet, helmet, gloves, mobile phone, air bag jacket. Check. Air bag jacket? Yes. It might seem like some form of science fiction but Ducati and Dainese have finally made a motorcycle with integrated airbag safety system available. We've ridden it.
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