Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso and the Ducati Corse Team have arrived at Wrooom 2013 (in an Audi of course!) and we will be posting the photos to a gallery as they become available. To see the WROOOM 2013 Gallery click HERE
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Ducati Island returned to Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX for the 2015 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. This year was another great year on 'the Is...
Really good... Be warned, it's going to make you want to head straight for the next Ducati Island!
Quietly, the 821 is bringing radical change to the family of 90-degree V-twins derived from the original 851 8-Valve Desmo, which, in turn, was based on the Pantah 500 that Dr. Fabio Taglioni designed back in the mid-1970s. The Pantah was the result of a crash program to give Ducati a middleweight sportbike after the bad flop of the 350-500 GTV SOHC parallel twin.
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MotoGP - Planes, trains, autocycles... - You'll never forgive yourself if you aren't at Mugello next week – get there any way you can
This is such a great article on Mugello, if you have been there you know it's really truly like this
Never before have Superbikes been closer to the streetbikes they are based on than right now. As worldwide racing rules, such as those in the FIM Superbike World Championship, attempt to keep big-budget manufacturers in check, the very bikes that these Superbikes are based on have been taken to a completely new level of sophistication.…
This page overlaps somewhat with the page titled “ZE. Rollin’ and Tumblin’." That page had a short list of reasons why racers crash, with some of my own crashes used as example...
Some of this is taken from Paul's wonderful book "Racing The Gods" which is a #1 new release in Amazon and for sale HERE
The Ducati Scrambler, built by “customiser” Andrea Radaelli of Radikal Chopper, winner of the EICMA Custom International Bike Show 2014, was presented at Deus Ex Machina in Milan.
Organised in collaboration with LowRide magazine, the Deus Ex Machina contest took place last November during EICMA 2014. The event saw the participation of around ten customisers – the creators of some amazing bikes – who challenged one another for the ultimate victory.
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TB21 Five Miles Tour starts next weekend. Here's how to watch for free from anywhere in the world
Props to FansChoice.TV which has really done a good job getting this working well
A closer look at the Troy Bayliss/Johnny Lewis Ducati Flat Trackers
Benjie’s Cafe Racers is an Italian custom motorcycle workshop run by Benjie Flipprboi, he’s a man who has gained no small amount of respect in recent years by building wildly imaginative custom motorcycles with a strong function-before-form aesthetic. That said, the form side of things is hardly wanting. The custom Ducati you’re looking at here...
Prospects of close racing on Sunday after Ducati and Kawasaki head the opening session.
After the opening 45 minute FP1 that kick started the Acerbis Italian Round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship it’s the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team duo of Chaz Davies and the returning Davide Giugliano that are sitting pretty at the top of the standings ahead of the Kawasaki Racing Team pairing of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.
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Kitchen combat as round 5 begins for a selection of leading riders.
Round 5 of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World championship, the Acerbis Italian round, got under way with a culinary challenge that saw current championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils), Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Honda World Superbike Team), Leon Camier (MV Agusta – Reparto Corse), Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) and Michel Fabrizio, substitute rider for Althea Racing Team Ducati’s Nico Terol go head to head preparing traditional hand-made pasta, led by popular host Chef Valentino Marcattilii and his crew. The venue, the restaurant of the “San Domenico” Museum in downtown Imola is internationally renowned, serving world class food since 1970. Following a short demonstration on how the pasta dish should be prepared by Marcattilii, the riders were judged on their efforts by a jury comprising many well-known paddock personalities.
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Good photo gallery on the link. Looks like these guys can actually cook. Nice!
Alan Cathcart for Cycle News interviews Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali in a multi-part series
Good interview with Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali (This is part 1)
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA – May 4, 2015 –Ducati dealerships repeated as the top ranked brand in the newly released 2015 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index® (PSI®) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchmarking Study. The study measured dealership treatment of motorcycle shoppers, with rankings by brand determined by the patent-pending Pied Piper PSI process, which ties “mystery shopping” measurement and scoring to industry sales success.
2015 marked the ninth consecutive year that Ducati and Harley-Davidson dealerships were ranked either first, second or third. Brands showing the greatest overall improvement from 2014 to 2015 were Aprilia, KTM and BMW. Brands with declines from 2014 to 2015 were Can-Am, Indian and Star. All of the five top-ranked brands for 2015 – Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Victory, Triumph and BMW –improved their performance compared to the previous year. In total, thirteen of the seventeen brands improved their performance, resulting in the highest industry average PSI score of the nine years Pied Piper has been benchmarking the U.S. motorcycle industry.
An example of industrywide improvement is the substantial increase in test rides offered. Five years ago an immediate test ride was offered only 15% of the time, while the possibility of a future test ride was mentioned 19% of the time, for a grand total of test rides of any type mentioned 34% of the time. The 2015 study showed that immediate test rides were offered 35% of the time and future test rides were mentioned 28% of the time, for a grand total of test rides of any type mentioned 63% of the time. Other examples of industrywide improvement include salespeople requesting customer contact information 57% of the time vs 46% of the time five years ago, salespeople asking about trade-ins 39% of the time vs 27% of the time five years ago, and salespeople encouraging customers to sit on a bike 81% of the time vs 70% of the time five years ago.
Pied Piper has found that on average, when motorcycle dealerships are ranked by their PSI score, dealerships in the top quarter sell 22% more motorcycles than dealerships in the bottom quarter. “So much about the motorcycle business is difficult for a dealership to control,” said Fran O’Hagan, President and CEO of Pied Piper Management Co., LLC. “In contrast, dealerships can control the sales process used by their sales team, and the results are clearly worth the effort.”
About Pied Piper PSI® and Pied Piper Management Company, LLC
The 2015 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index U.S. Motorcycle Industry Study was conducted between July 2014 and April 2015 using 1,779 hired anonymous “mystery shoppers” at dealerships located throughout the U.S. Examples of other recent Pied Piper PSI studies are the 2015 Pied Piper PSI® Internet Lead Effectiveness(™) (ILE™) Benchmarking Study, in which the U.S. Lexus dealer network was top ranked, and the 2014 Pied Piper PSI (In-Person) U.S. Auto Industry Study, in which the Mercedes-Benz dealer network was ranked first.
Complete Pied Piper PSI industry study results are provided to vehicle manufacturers and national dealer groups. Manufacturers, national dealer groups and individual dealerships also order PSI “mystery shop” evaluations—in-person, internet or telephone—as tools to improve the sales effectiveness of their dealerships. For more information about the Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index, and the patent-pending PSI process, go to www.piedpiperpsi.com.