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video | MotoGP Paddock Girls in Brno 2012 | motogp.com

The glamour of the MotoGP Paddock Girls, at the twelveth race of 2012 in Brno on youtube.com...


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Friday Summary at Brno: Of Red Flags, Fast Ducatis, & Future Ducati Riders | David Emmett | asphaltandrubber

Friday would prove to be an eventful first day of practice at Brno. Thrills, spills, and plenty of flag waving, mostly of the red variety, as crashes played havoc with the day’s schedule. It started in the morning, during FP1 for MotoGP, when Valentino Rossi ran wide in the final corner, and his rear wheel kicked up a couple of sizable rocks. The rocks hit Dani Pedrosa, on the top of his foot and the front of his fairing, destroying the screen. How fast was he going when he was hit by the rocks, one intrepid reporter asked? “I don’t know my speed,” Pedrosa quipped, “but the rocks were going like they were shot out of a gun.”
And they weren’t small rocks either. Asked what size they were, Pedrosa held up both hands, touching thumbs and forefingers together to make a circle. “Like this,” he said. About the size of a grapefruit, then. Pedrosa said he had been worried that the impact had broken a bone in his foot, and the Spaniard was limping visibly as he got off his Repsol Honda, but the pain subsided as the session continued, reassuring him that there was nothing broken, just banged-up and bruised.

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MotoGP Brno: Rossi expects big changes at Ducati for 2013 | BSN

MotoGP Brno: Rossi expects big changes at Ducati for 2013 | BSN | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
By David Miller
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Valentino Rossi has wished his Ducati replacement Andrea Dovizioso the best of luck as he joins the team in 2013 and said he expects big changes in the team with new owner Audi's input.

Rossi warned Dovizioso the Ducati is a very different bike to ride from the Japanese racers he is used to and difficult to ride on the limit of grip.

"Ducati is very different for ride the bike and bring the limit. It is impossible to say for Dovi whether it will be more difficult or less. I think that anyway from next year a lot of things will change in Ducati, so I have to give my good luck to Dovi and especially to Ducati to fix some problem on the bike and be more competitive," said The Doctor, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening.


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Nicky Hayden to miss Brno | Crash.Net

Nicky Hayden to miss Brno |  Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
 Nicky Hayden will miss this weekend's Czech Republic MotoGP due to the hand injuries he sustained in his huge qualifying accident at Indianapolis on Saturday.


"The main thing is all the doctors told me racing was a really bad idea and not smart, and everybody on my team agreed"


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Ducati duo head Brno session | EuroSport.com

Ducati duo head Brno session | EuroSport.com | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
Davide Giugliano held off local hero Jakub Smrz as the Ducati duo set the fastest times of the first free practice session at Brno.

Althea Racing Ducati’s Giugliano set the early fastest time at a dry but cloudy Brno, holding off the late challenge of Liberty Racing-Team Effenbert’s Smrz.

The Aprilia Racing Team duo of Eugene Laverty and Max Biaggi completed the top four, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) fifth.

The top BMW rider so far was Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) in sixth place, one up on reigning World Champion Carlos Checa (Althea Racing).

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Canepa sidelined and replaced by Polita at Brno | worldsbk.com

Canepa sidelined and replaced by Polita at Brno | worldsbk.com | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Red Devils Roma rider Niccolò Canepa will not be present at the Czech Round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship this weekend at Brno, after suffering a temporary facial paralysis called Bell's palsy. In this condition Canepa is clearly unable to race and his place in the team has been taken by Alex Polita.

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MOTOGP: Rossi Fades To Seventh

MOTOGP: Rossi Fades To Seventh | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
After a strong start, Valentino Rossi went backward in Sunday's GP. He explains what happened...

Following a very promising warm-up session on a wet track, Valentino Rossi’s race in the Czech Republic proved to be more difficult than anticipated. An oil leak, which didn’t hurt engine performance, nonetheless certainly affected riding conditions for the Italian. When he also suffered a loss of tire grip, he was forced to slow and eventually finished seventh.

The Ducati Team will now travel to the Misano circuit, where Valentino will participate in a two-day test on Tuesday and Wednesday. His teammate Nicky Hayden will miss the test while he recuperates in the United States, but he is expected to return for the Grand Prix of San Marino.

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Photo Gallery | Czech Republic's Grand Prix in Moto GP | San Francisco Chronicle

Photo Gallery | Czech Republic's Grand Prix in Moto GP | San Francisco Chronicle | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

Moto GP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy rides his Ducati bike during the free practice session at the Czech Republic Grand Prix in Moto GP on August 24, 2012, in Brno ahead of the Grand prix on August 26.
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Bikeracing.it | Valentino Rossi: "Finally competitive Ducati here is fine"

Bikeracing.it | Valentino Rossi: "Finally competitive Ducati here is fine" | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it

translated from Italian:

The best of the season Friday. Automotodrom Brno Valentino Rossi at the end of the second practice session, he finds himself just over 4/10 from the best time signed by Dani Pedrosa, but also able (finally) to take advantage of the soft tire, already thinking about a story to the problems encountered so far ...
" I'm happy because today was quite good , "said Valentino Rossi Speaking to Sport Mediaset during the live broadcast of Italy 1. " There are only four tenths away from Pedrosa, is a detachment that leads us to be quite optimistic.
Today we worked well in two shifts, trying different parts and structures to better adapt the bike to the track. Besides, I finally went faster than usual with the soft tire, there could be time ... 


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Checa satisfied with results at ‘hard’ Brno | Crash.Net

Checa satisfied with results at ‘hard’ Brno | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
  Carlos Checa scores his first double top five finish since Imola with a run to third and fourth at Brno.

Carlos Checa says he cannot complain about finishing third and fourth at Brno as the reigning champion picked up his first double top five finish since Imola.

Determined to keep his flagging title defence alive, Checa qualified well to start on the front row, but while he was never far from the front in either race, he was never able to get embroiled in the lead fight.

Nonetheless, fourth place in race one and a third place in race two signalled a brace of solid finishes for the Althea Ducati rider, the Spaniard insisting he is happy to have scored good points around a circuit that he feels doesn't play to the twin-cylinder machine's strengths.

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Guintoli splits with Liberty Ducati | Crash.Net

Guintoli splits with Liberty Ducati | Crash.Net | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
WSBK News. Sylvain Guintoli decides to quit Liberty Ducati after revealing there is no bike for him to ride at this weekend's World Superbike event at Brno.

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