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The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took its sixth win of the season in Magny-Cours (France), home of the third-to-last round of the WorldSBK championship, thanks to Chaz Davies’ triumph in Race 1. Davide Giugliano was declared unfit to race after a crash during Superpole 1, whic
Not every project is a smooth one, they can start and be halted for months at a time, life gets in the way, parts can be hard to find and when you finish you can still be left with doubts as to whether you've achieved your goal. So after years of preparation there could be no more intimidating place on the planet to debut your custom Ducati than at the annual World Ducati Week amongst the fanatical Ducatisti. But Marco Graziani needn't have worried as his CC Racing Garage custom cafe racer took out the top prize in the Ducati Garage Contest at the 2016 WDW and also took home the trophy from the riders' jury, consisting of Davide Giugliano, Danilo Petrucci and Eugene Laverty, who presented him with the sought-after Ducati riders' award. It might have started life as a 2001 Ducati 900SSie, but plenty of other Bologna bombshells have donated their parts to bring this trophy winner to life.
Alex Earle is a full time professional car designer, a very good, very well-known one, with a portfolio that includes being on the team that graced the world with the incredible Porsche Carrera GT. But his soul is stirred by two wheels, and those wheels are most often powered by Ducati. You might have seen his Earle Motors Designs on Ducati Island at Laguna Seca and COTA, or in the Handbuilt Show during MotoGP weekend. Beautifully rendered ambitious designs, they stand out from the crowd. Recently we had a chance to talk to Alex about his career, his designs and how he brings them to life…
MotoGP, Aerodynamic testing continues: Pirro was using a lenticular wheel in practice. Does this bring benefits only in terms of aerodynamics or also for the tyres?
For those asking about this during the weekend...
Weighing in at just 157kg with over 270bhp on tap, MotoGP machines are the finest motorcycles the human race can produce, capable of mind-boggling lap times, 63-degree lean angles and top speeds well in excess of 200mph. But while they might be the most capable bikes in the world, what are they actually like to ride?
End-of-season tests for the world motorcycle press used to be an annual occurrence after the final round of the season at Valencia, but the global have-a-go sessions were brought to a halt way back in 2007 following a run of expensive crashes.
Nine years later and MCN’s guest road tester and BT Sport MotoGP presenter Neil Hodgson is about to leave pit lane on the very Ducati Desmosedici GP16 on which Andrea
Iannone secured his first victory since 2010 at the Red Bull Ring this summer.
It’s taken close to a decade for any manufacturer to let a civilian out on their priceless machine and even then it’s not a ‘normal’ rider, it’s Hodgson, a man that still has a place in Ducati’s heart having won the World Superbike championship for them back in 2003.
After taking a few minutes to calm down, Hodgson spoke to MCN about the once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is what he said…
Sunday's MotoAmerica race at New Jersey Motorsports Park falls on the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, an event Westchester, NY's #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team is honoring with an FDNY Engine 23 tribute paint job.The team's Superstock 1,000 cc race bike's unforgettable paint job should help remind racing fans of the country's—and FDNY's—losses that day. The Millville, N.J. race is the nearest the series has to a home race for the team as well as the closest to New York City, making this effort especially meaningful for lead rider Corey Alexander.
Ducati's Andrea Iannone could still take part in the San Marino Grand Prix despite sustaining injuries in a high-speed crash in first practice.
Iannone could race at Misano despite fracture
Intended for marketing reasons as a look-a-like to Mike Hailwood's 900SS that he raced after his 11-year absence from racing, the Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica shot out of dealerships and was one of Ducati's top sellers of the time and is now considered a collectible.
While most would consider Sid Biberman a highly skilled motorcycle technician, a tuner and drag bike builder and racer, he was also a savvy motorcycle design analyst. He could look at a motorcycle design and deduce whether it was something special or just another motorcycle.
When the Italians decide to invent a cruiser to fight for a wedge of Harley pie you know it’s going to be at the very least worthy of your attention and at most an exercise in soul-pleasing psychotic overkill. In the case of the 2016 Ducati XDiavel, it is both. And much more. But in two words, this machine is, as its name unsubtly implies, evil perfected.
WorldSBK.com speaks with Ducati’s Superbike Project Director
Marco Melandri has made his debut aboard the Ducati 1199 Panigale R this week, testing for three days at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy.
As proceedings continued on-track, WorldSBK.com sat down with Ernesto Marinelli, the Superbike Project Director of Ducati, to hear his feelings on recent events.