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Laguna Seca SBK 2014 | Friday Photo Gallery

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Vicki's View - A few photos from the weekend so far....

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Ducati Grandstands and Ducati Island at Laguna Seca WSBK

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Share your Ducati Passion in the Ducati Grandstand during the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!

Nearly two decades ago, a group of avid Ducatisti rolled into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the World Superbike Championship and staked their claim on what would later become known to all as Ducati Island. In these humble beginnings, the Island was void of fashion shows, DJs and rock bands, but rich with passionate Ducatista, their motorcycles and great racing. 

For 2014, we will honor this great tradition as we return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the Tribuna Ducati ticket package. The 3-day weekend experience includes your spot in the Ducati Grandstand, a unique opportunity to ride your Ducati on this legendary track, a guided track walk, a commemorative Ducati gift package, gear check and of course… your parking spot on Ducati Island. 

Make sure you ride your Ducati this year as we will be hosting “Ducati Concorso,” a bike show where anyone who has parked on the Island is invited to join in on the fun. The categories for the competition will include the following:

• Best Modified
• Best Monster
• Best Superbike
• Best Road Warrior
• Best Retro
• Passion Award
• Bella Award
• Best in Show

We can’t wait to see you there as we come together to cheer on Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies in their quest to victory! Forza Ducati!

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Ducati Superbike Team - Misano Race Day Photo Gallery

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Photo Gallery - Ducati Superbike Team - Misano Friday

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The Ducati Superbike Team made an extremely positive start to its ‘home’ race weekend at the Misano World Circuit today; thanks to a very fast final lap at the session’s end, Davide Giugliano projected himself into overall first place, with teammate Chaz Davies concluding the first day of action in fourth position.

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Giugliano: It’s not the first time Baz has done this…

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Davide Giugliano sounds his frustration at Loris Baz too for ruining his first race as he also battles with flu and fever.  


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Tweet from @DucatiMotor

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And after a successful session on track at Sepang, @DavideGiugliano heads straight for the 'pool'! #forzaducati

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Chaz Davies Helmet Photo | Instagram

Check it out... Sepang special helmet paint scheme. Incredible job by @robertomarchion & the Starline team. Love it! 

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Ducati Chaz Davies gains his Motorcycle Licence on Monster 696

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However this was something that Chaz had always wanted to do but never seemed to be able to fit into his busy racing schedule.

So Chaz found time between racing and testing,  teaming up with Ducati UK and booking on the Ducati Learn to Ride Programme to gain the road licence he had always wanted...

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Top 5 results for Ducati Superbike Team in UK

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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.


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Mugello Circuit | Facebook

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Ready to go on track again.... Pronto per tornare in pista....

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SBK Imola - Giugliano scorches to fastest time in FP1

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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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Who's cheating now?

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So that’s the 2014 MotoGP championship dusted, best talk about something else…

We’re going to talk about rules, not MotoGP rules, World Superbike rules, and not so much the rules themselves, but the breaking of those rules. There’s been quite a lot of that going on in WSB during recent years, if paddock whispers are to be believed.


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Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team score first podium of the season

Assen (The Netherlands), Sunday 27 April 2014 – At the end of a day conditioned by bad weather, Ducati Superbike rider Davide Giugliano scored his first podium of the season in race 2 at Assen today, while Chaz Davies concluded the day’s races in seventh and eighth position.  


Source: Ducati.com


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Congrats to the Ducati Superbike Team for a great job this weekend in difficult conditions...

For photos from the weekend go HERE: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152375877895985.1073741896.79447555984&type=3&uploaded=8

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Ducati Superbike Team - Portimao 2014 Weekend Gallery

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Double Podium! 
Team Quotes - 
Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team #34) – 7th, 2nd
“I’m really pleased. After race one I was confident that I could make a strong second race, also if it were dry, inside the top five at least. After a few problems in warm-up this morning, in race 1 we worked out what we needed to do for race 2 and although that race then turned out to be wet, that turned out to be ok too. You always have to be a bit careful in the wet of course, so I took it easy through the opening laps, it was tough because visibility wasn’t great. Then I started to get into a rhythm and pass a couple of riders. In the final stages I eased off a little, as I didn’t want to make any mistakes. I’m really happy to have closed second, and also very pleased for Ducati, my technicians here at the track but also everyone working back in Borgo Panigale, thanks everyone!”
 
Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 18th, 3rd
“It really means a lot to get a podium in the wet, something I’ve not achieved before, not in Superbike nor Supersport, and for Davide to be there too is really an important result for Ducati today. Race 1 wasn’t easy, I didn’t feel that the bike was quite right. Things were beginning to improve though, and got interesting right when the incident with Leon took place. It was simply a racing incident, I was slightly wider than usual and he saw the gap and went for it… We’d planned to make changes for race 2 if it had been dry, but in the end those changes worked in the wet. It was going ok in the early stages, I struggled a little before starting to build my pace. After the Aprilias went down,  I just put my head down and went after the podium. I really enjoyed the final lap, though I was truly on the limit - it also turned out to be the fastest lap of the race. We will definitely go to Laguna Seca in high spirits now.”
 
Ernesto Marinelli (Ducati Superbike Project Director)
“We’re extremely pleased with this double podium, something we’ve not seen since 2012. I think it’s a nice gift to the Ducatisti who never stopped believing in us, even when things were not going so well. This is another sign of our growth, and crowns the hard work of all of our guys in Ducati, the team and riders who always give their all. This weekend we’ve introduced several components, including new ECU software. All of the material has worked well and both Chaz and Davide are pleased, a sign that the work carried out by our development team and test rider Matteo Baiocco at home is going in the right direction. The result helps and we’ve collated a lot of data that means we will be even more determined when we arrive in Laguna Seca next week.”
 
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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

By Vicki Smith

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 Superbike Team - Misano | Superpole!

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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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Ducati Superbike Team - Misano!

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The Ducati Superbike Team returns to it's home track for racing action from Italy this weekend.

Photos - Ducati

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MotoGP gives Superbike a hand

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The Sepang circuit in Malaysia might be a brand-new venue for World Superbike, but for Aprilia and Ducati it’s as if they have already raced there. The two Italian teams have both got off to a good start, benefitting from the cross-over of experience and know-how provided by their respective MotoGP programmes, which include a fair amount of winter testing here. Let’s have a look at the areas where the transfer of data is decisive.


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Ducati Superbike Team: Sepang Front Row Start

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Impressive performance for Davide Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team in Sepang Superpole


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Photo Gallery | Ducati Team - SBK - Sepang Malaysia |

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The Ducati Superbike Team are off to a great start to the race weekend at Sepang...

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PICS: Guigliano slips off at Donington Park

PICS: Guigliano slips off at Donington Park | Ductalk Ducati News | Scoop.it
 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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Giugliano wins second career Tissot-Superpole

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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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Imola SBK - Ducati View Photo Gallery

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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.

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Davies hoping for Ducati home support

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 Chaz Davies is hoping the influx of the 'Ducatisti' in his first World Superbike race for Ducati on Italian soil will spur him onto good results as he looks for his first podium of the season. 


The Welshman has endured a modest start to the 2014 WSBK season on the 1199 Panigale, particularly compared with team-mate Davide Giugliano, and admits there is still some 'refining' to do in order to bring himself up to speed. 


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Troy Bayliss | Assen Impressions

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"I will be at Mugello May 13 to test the new Ducati 1199 and I can not wait!"


Assen holds a place in my heart , winning my first World championship there in 2001 but also over the years it grew on me and even after the highs and lows it is one of my favorite places to race .


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