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Crutchlow 'so sorry' for Bradl

From www.crash.net

 "I went straight up to Stefan and apologised. He was sore because he's taken two big whacks today so I was sorry for him” – Cal Crutchlow..  

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YouTube | James Toseland - Singer In A Band

From www.youtube.com

Here is the video for Singer In A Band, the next single to be lifted from Renegade. Its made up of on stage and backstage footage from our packed headline show at Birmingham Asylum and the Status Quo support slots.

Taken from the album "Renegade" - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HYY699G  

Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

World champion motorbike racer, singer in a rock band, married to a pop star.  Ridiculous. Sounds like a hero in a bodice ripper novel...


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MugelloGP - Solid efforts by Pramac Racing pair

From www.motogp.com

It was a successful weekend for the Pramac Racing team at their home round, with Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez both registering top ten results at Mugello, after Iannone had briefly led the MotoGP™ race.
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Ducati Grandstand Mugello 2014 | Ducati.net

From www.ducati.net

Ducati Grandstand Mugello, the Mothership of Ducati passion...

A few years back when the Indy MotoGP was first announced, I was working with another Ducati club to organize a Ducati grandstand. We had visions of 300 seats and that’s what we initially asked the speedway staff to discuss but as our confidence in the turnout grew so did the grandstand.

For the rest of the story click HERE

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Twitter image uploaded by @BremboBrakes

From ow.ly

1.6 G of deceleration thanks to the Brembo brakes of @calcrutchlow Ducati at the first corner of @MugelloCircuit http://t.co/7L2DNLRK7O
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Rossi 300 Starts Never Overcook The Pasta Helmet

Today at Mugello, Valentino Rossi wore a helmet dedicated to pasta "The Vale". The graphics with rigatoni highlight that despite in his 20th year racing, Rossi is still competitive and does "not overcook ever!"

Also on the helmet are graphics of the ears and the curve Casanova Savelli - the curve of the left-right Mugello circuit where Rossi usually overcomes his competitors. On the back of the helmet the inevitable Bulldogs Caesar and Cecilia eating rigatoni from the bowl.

The cooking time of "The Vale" pasta are strictly 46 minutes! Helmet, rider and rigatoni are Made in Tavullia and are Italian product certificate.

Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

So clever! More photos HERE on the Ducati.net Facebook Page

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Crutchlow on bad luck thus far with Ducati

From www.motogp.com

Ahead of the important Gran Premio d'Italia TIM weekend for the Ducati Team motogp.com spoke exclusively to Cal Crutchlow about his results to date with the Italian brand.
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MotoGP: “Open” war brewing between Ducati and Honda

From www.sportrider.com

A "Open" war is brewing between Honda and Ducati in MotoGP, with HRC angry at what it deems exploitation of rules loophole by Ducati and Yamaha
Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

You'd have to be blind to not have seen this coming...

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PICS: Guigliano slips off at Donington Park

From www.crash.net

 Davide Giugliano's hopes of securing his first WSBK win at Donington Park come to an abrupt end - view the full crash sequence here....  
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Top 5 results for Ducati Superbike Team in UK

From www.worldsbk.com

A positive race day overall for the Ducati Superbike team and riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano yesterday at Donington Park. Although Davide Giugliano crashed out of race 1 while fighting for the win, he closed race two in fourth place, while Chaz Davies finished both of the day’s races in fifth position.

For the rest click HERE

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Giugliano wins second career Tissot-Superpole

Great Result for Ducati Superbike Team

Donington (Great Britain), Saturday 24 May 2014 - The Tissot-Superpole sessions ahead of tomorrow’s fifth round races for the 2014 eni FIM World Superbike Championship were held in cold and wet conditions at Donington Park. After yesterday’s dry free practices the FP4 session this morning proved to be all important ahead of the two grid deciding sessions this afternoon.

At the second chequered flag it was Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) who claimed his second career pole position, by lapping the Leicester track in 1’44.903. Joining the Italian rider on the front row in both races tomorrow will be Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team).

Row two comprises Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team). In the session Guintoli, Rea and Giugliano all crashed and remounted after posting their fastest times.

Making it through from Superpole 1, Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Ayrton Badovini (Team Bimota Alstare) joined the already seeded riders after the combined Free Practices. Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) both crashed out unhurt at the fast Starkeys section of the track before posting a time. The pair were joined by an unlucky Badovini who also fell spectacularly at the end of the session on the fast uphill left hander, resulting in him not being able to take part in the second session. Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) had a slow speed crash at the Melbourne Hairpin while Fabien Foret (Mahi Team India Kawasaki) elected not to ride in the session.

Times: 1. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'44.903 average 138.059 kph; 2. Haslam (Honda) 1'45.009; 3. Melandri (Aprilia) 1'45.111; 4. Lowes (Suzuki) 1'45.258; 5. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'45.839; 6. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'46.058; 7. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'46.241; 8. Rea (Honda) 1'46.306; 9. Elias (Aprilia) 1'46.326; 10. Laverty(Suzuki) 1'47.963; 11. Davies (Ducati) 1'50.099; 12. Badovini (Bimota); 13. Iddon (Bimota); 14. Corti (MV Agusta); 15. Andreozzi (Kawasaki); 16. Canepa (Ducati); 17. Salom (Kawasaki); 18. Camier (BMW); 19. Foret (Kawasaki); 20. Guarnoni (Kawasaki).

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Michelin to become MotoGP™ Official Tyre supplier

From www.motogp.com

Following French tyre manufacturer Michelin’s official tender, Dorna is pleased to announce that Michelin is to become the Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP™ as of the 2016 World Championship season.
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Bike racing is even cooler with anime effects

From sploid.gizmodo.com

After watching the opening title for Sky Italia's MotoGP 2014 races coverage, I really wish there was a button on my remote to add anime effects to every program out there. It's so cool.


Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

I don't think I could love this more, it's perfect!

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Carlo Pernat: "Andrea Iannone, 50% Ducati, Suzuki 50%."

From www.gp-inside.com

Carlo Pernat, manager for Andrea Iannone has thrown Andrea Iannone's silly season hat into the ring with a quote given to GP-inside.com when asked "Please, Mr. Pernat, you have a small scoop for us? ".

The man, who is also the agent for Alex De Angelis, Loris Capirossi and the late Marco Simoncelli smiles, takes the time to reflect and, after a few seconds silence, replied: "You want a scoop? Andrea Iannone, 50% Ducati, Suzuki 50%."

For the original story click HERE

Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Looks like this season the goal is a full factory ride for 2015

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Ducati Team - Lemans GP Weekend Photo Gallery

From www.facebook.com

Eighth for Dovizioso, eleventh for Crutchlow in French GP at Le Mans
The two Ducati Team riders – Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow – finished the French Grand Prix, round 5 of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, in eighth and eleventh place respectively.
Dovizioso, who started from the front row of the grid in third place, provided some early excitement by leading the first three laps, before losing out during lap 4. Over the next few laps, he then lost a few more places and slipped down to ninth, but six laps from the end regained one position when he won the scrap for eighth with Aleix Espargarò. After the Le Mans race, the Italian rider still lies fourth in the overall championship standings.
Cal Crutchlow finally managed to make it to the chequered flag for the second time this season. After qualifying in twelfth place, the British rider lost some positions in the initial stages and was unable to make much progress during the race, eventually finishing eleventh.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 8th
“At least I tried! I made a great start and tried to pull away as much as possible, but after a few laps I could see that I would never have a chance to fight with the frontrunners. It’s a pity, but for the moment our gap is still too big, and even if we grit our teeth, we can’t make any strategies or push hard in certain moments of the race. Even after my third quickest time in qualifying yesterday I knew that today was going to be difficult. Now we have to think of our home race at Mugello, where we’ll try and get a good result.”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 11th
Today it was important first and foremost to finish a race, and for me that’s good seeing as how my 2014 season has been so far. I got a great start and felt really good on the bike, but there was a crash on the first lap and I got hit really hard by Hernandez by accident, which gave me a dead leg, and I lost a few places. I also made a few mistakes in the race but it’s clear that for the moment it’s difficult for Ducati to aim for anything higher in the results. A big thanks to my team, who are working really hard for us to become competitive, even though the result is not what we hoped for.”
Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
“Both qualifying yesterday with Dovizioso on the front row in third, and his great start and the early laps in the lead today are clearly positive aspects. For sure however the middle part of the race was the most critical for us, and it confirms that we still have a lot of work to do. Now we are going to Mugello, which is Ducati’s home race, and we’ll try our hardest to give all of our fans a good result.”
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Imola SBK - Ducati View Photo Gallery

From www.facebook.com

Double podium for Chaz Davies and the Ducati Superbike Team in today’s Imola SBK races!
Imola (Italy), Sunday 11 May 2014 – The fourth round of the Superbike World Championship, that took place today at the Imola circuit in Italy, proved to be a happy hunting ground for Chaz Davies and the Ducati Superbike Team who powered the 1199 Panigale to a second place finish in both of the day’s hard-fought Superbike races.

To See the photos from the weekend click HERE
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SBK Imola - Giugliano scorches to fastest time in FP1

From www.worldsbk.com

Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) was the fastest rider in the opening Free Practice session at Imola this morning. Riding in the hottest conditions of the season so far, the Italian ended the session marginally quicker than his nearest rival, Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Go Ducati, Gassssssss!

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Superbike Planet | Audi: Deep, Deep Racing DNA

From www.superbikeplanet.com

The purchase of Ducati in 2012 by German auto giant Audi appeared to be an odd match since Audi doesn't produce or race motorcycles, unlike German rival BMW.

But Audi's racing roots run very deep, and they include motorcycle racing...

Vicki Smith for Ducati.net:

Good synoposis of Audi racing history

Dave Shonk's comment, January 10, 2013 11:04 AM
This union...merge...call it what you will...between Audi and Ducati could be a train wreck, or, if done properly, a marriage made in heaven. I hope for the latter as I pull up my bucket of popcorn and watch.

MotorcycleUSA | Backmarker: Racing Inflation

From www.motorcycle-usa.com

Our industry insider gets down to the brass tacks of racing motorcycles in America and its troubling surge in costs over recent years.

I’ve been thinking about inflation in racing for the last few months. Over the winter, my friend Chris Van Andel ran for a second term as President of the American Federation of Motorcyclists race club. When he lost, I figured he might want a chance to speak freely, and I interviewed him about his experiences and his thoughts on the future of club racing.

The AFM might be the healthiest race club in the country. It’s based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the economy is buoyed by the continued strength in the tech sector and the fact that the region’s housing bubble barely even deflated. But Van Andel made it clear that even the AFM was hit by the ’08 economic downturn. In the years leading up to the recession, the club membership flirted with 1,000 riders, and there was a worry about what they’d do when they ran out of three-digit race numbers. Now, about half that number of people are racing....more

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DejaView | Motorcycle.com | Road Racing Series - Part 5 | Building a Supersport Racer - the minimum

From www.motorcycle.com

#5 in a series

Now you’ve got a race license, all you’re lacking is the race bike...

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