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From backstage at World Ducati Week.
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Novegro is one of the largest Italian motorcycle swap meets held every year AND it's the same week as the Milan motorcycle show. I hadn't been in a couple of years so I headed over with some friends to check it out. Biggest difference? The Ducati stuff we never used to see was here in droves. That's a good thing. I have included a ton of photos this gallery because, well, it's acres and acres and you almost never see the same thing twice. So go get a beverage and join me for a walk around one of the coolest places a motorcycle lover could ever want to visit.
Photos and captions: Vicki Smith/Ducati.net
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!
Devonne Duerbaum, 22, a college student from Hollywood, Fla., on her 2009 Ducati Monster 696, as told to A.J. Baime.
My father has been taking me to motorcycle races since I was young, so I grew up around bikes. He always had Ducatis—which are beautifully designed Italian motorcycles. When I turned 16, I wanted one, but he wanted me to wait. Two years later, I graduated high school, took a motorcycle class and got my license. I came home one day and he said, "Hey, let me show you something."
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This little vintage Ducati will win your heart
About ten years ago I went on a buying spree, and no shopping malls were involved. At that time a lot of old Ducati memorabilia, electronics, early motorcycles and Cucciolos (the first Ducati “motorcycle” was actually a bicycle with a clip on motor, the design sourced from Siata, an Italian car company). It was pretty clear that the pipeline for these items was seriously limited, so whenever we came across an item of interest we bought it, or made certain someone like minded (by which I mean, willing to show it to the public on occasion) had a chance to....
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Ducati riders achieved the Middleweight Division victory and four of the five top motorcycle times of the day at the 92nd running of the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year's introduction of new rules and new motorcycle racing divisions, including the "Motorcycle Middleweight Division" and "Motorcycle Open Division," brought with it a field of strong competitors challenging for top times
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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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VALENTINO'S #THISFORSIC58 SUIT IS NOW OFFICIALLY UP FOR AUCTION!
I received an email recently from Dorna Sports/WorldSBK.com with an offer to “pre-order” the SBK 14 Official Mobile Game. Everything about it looks like business as usual, a completed game that is coming soon, except when you click on PRE-ORDER NOW it takes you straight to a crowd funding site called FansFlock. Right now FansFlock has one project and one project only, the SBK 14 game, but possible project categories are Music, Film/TV shows, Celebrities, Video Games, Arts, Books & Literature, Sports & Recreation, Popular Brands, Fashion & Design and Schools. To be honest, I would have bet good money that you could not approach Dorna with a completely unfunded project and gotten then to send an email to thousands of people for money. So that happened.
I was also contacted by a group of college guys crowd funding a motorcycle safety project that seems to me to be what I would describe as “worthy”. For the rest of this article click HERE
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.”