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Pikes Peak, Friday. Vicki's View

Pikes Peak, Friday. Vicki's View | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

I’m a keen observer of the obvious, so let me start by saying, WOW, it’s beautiful here. This, and I haven’t even been on “the mountain” yet. Friday’s weather is clear, sunny and some scattered showers up in the mountains and our plan is to group ride to lunch and end the day at FanFest, which is in downtown Colorado Springs. The ride group is small, about 20 and consists of mainly Multistrada’s, many of which have come to Pikes from far, far away. Conversations often go something like this – “We may stop by North Carolina on our way home from Pikes” “Really? Where do you live?” “Texas”.


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It's Official - Ducati and Rossi to part ways at end of this season | Ducati.net

It's Official - Ducati and Rossi to part ways at end of this season | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

“As the MotoGP series awaits its return to action for the August 19 Indianapolis Grand Prix, Ducati announces that its working relationship with Valentino Rossi will conclude at the end of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship”

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Closed for inventory ENG VERS | manziana.motocourse.com

Closed for inventory ENG VERS | manziana.motocourse.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

 This article has been written yesterday. Today have been evolutions refering Rossi's contract.
This article will highlight some facts that occurred between 2011 and 2012, relating to the negotiation of the purchase of Ducati by Audi.
A lot has already written about this, but some elements appear to be inconsistent, so I thought it was worth exploring it in more detail. So what are we investigating? Mainly we are trying to understand why Ducati seems not to have been able to follow the development program and steps envisioned for 2012 with the new GP12.
Obviously the argument rests on assumptions, but based on facts that give sense to this article, also considering the financial reasons we will touch (the property switch of Ducati), I turned to a more experienced friend in this area: an economics teacher who teaches in a school in Switzerland.
Has the transfer of ownership of Ducati caused lags in the GP program? This is what I will try to demonstrate, quoting as usual the links that support my statements, in order to bring coherence to my hypothesis.

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Here is the Scrambler with the Ducati Motor | Motociclismo.it

Here is the Scrambler with the Ducati Motor | Motociclismo.it | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

(translated from Italian)

First Official Photo of the New Scrambler Borile with Single Cylinder Motor Derived From Ducati

Borile and Co shows the first pictures of the Scrambler, the single cylinder engine designed and manufactured by Borile MOTORCYCLES in collaboration with Ducati. In particular, the House Bolognese provides the thermal unit (bore and stroke of 98 mm to 60 mm), while the Borile produces the base. The gearbox is removed, the fuel injection and electric start. The Scrambler, which will conclude in the coming weeks all the tests in the street, trying to print will be made ​​by September to enter immediately into production.

It will cost 12,700 euros

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video | Valentino Rossi gets a lift from team-mate Nicky Hayden | MotoGP.com

After an unfortunate crash at the Red Bull US Grand Prix, Ducati Team rider Valentino Rossi gets a lift from his team-mate Nicky Hayden to get back to the pits after the chequered flag is waved.


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Bikers Classics 2012 | Spa Francorchamps Circuit |

Bikers Classics 2012 | Spa Francorchamps Circuit | | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

This year Ducati was the featured marque and the theme was F1's and the derivitives from the F1 - Montjuich, Laguna Seca, Santamonica and the TT2 and TT1. The text is in Dutch but the photos speak for the depth and quality of the event and the Ducati display. 

The Ducati museum in Bologna was also present with a large tent where a dozen bikes in the race history of the brand were exhibited. All V-twins, starting with a replica of the 750 racer (#16) which Paul Smart in 1972 the 200 miles from Imola won. Next up was the winner of the 24 Hours of Montjuich of 1975 (# 9) with its narrowed lower crankcase for extra ground clearance, and equipped with lights for night stages. The list of racers was closed by a team of 750SS Spaggiari and an NCR endurance racer. On the other side of the tent stood the TT1 and TT2 F1 which Marco Lucchinelli won the Battle Of The Twins race at Daytona in 1986. The four models were represented by 888, 916 and 999


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Nicky Hayden: Things are looking good for next year | Ducati.net

Nicky Hayden: Things are looking good for next year | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Nicky Hayden on Sunday night’s edition of SpeedTV’s Wind Tunnel, when asked by Dave Despain what his plan was for next year:

“For me personally, uh, things are looking good. You know I love it at Ducati, it’s really uh, I really enjoy my team, I’ve got a good group of guys, so we don’t have anything final yet but we’re quite far in uh, some negotiations and really there’s not, uh, we’re not too far apart so I’m hoping that uh, you know, during the summer break after Laguna we have two weeks off before Indy and uh, I hope that we can have an agreement there.... For the rest of what Nicky Hayden had to say click HERE

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Audi AG appoint new Ducati Board of Directors and Executive Committee | Ducati.net

Audi AG appoint new Ducati Board of Directors and Executive Committee | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Gabriele Del Torchio as CEO, Claudio Domenicali appointed to Ducati Board of Directors


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Morbidelli Museum - Petrol in the Veins | en.paperblog.com

Morbidelli Museum - Petrol in the Veins | en.paperblog.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

I thought my visit to the Museo Morbidelli in Pesaro, Italy would be the usual motor-museum thing; bored receptionist to greet you, a wander around looking between bike and the corresponding information card stuck on wall, bike, card, bike, card, bike, card.
This visit however, was going to be a little bit different...
Instead of a bored receptionist, the first person I met was the man himself, Giancarlo Morbidelli, and he wasn't bored at all, he was attempting to mow the front lawn with an uncooperative electric mower. I suggested he give up on the mower and try a pair of scissors but the joke didn't translate very well into Italian and he looked at me like I was 'special'. We soon hit it off though when he discovered I was an Australian with a girlfriend from Pesaro; later in the afternoon, when his friends dropped by for a chat (including Marco Benelli of Motobi) he had great fun in introducing me as the Australian who’d come to steal their women!

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Images - Saturday at Mugello with Jules Cisek | asphaltandrubber.com

Images - Saturday at Mugello with Jules Cisek | asphaltandrubber.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Ductalk editor's note - A beautiful, "worth a look" gallery from Jules Cisek, one of Ducati.net's favorite shooter's. We count Jules as a longtime friend and mentor....

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1979 Ducati 900 GTS Photo Gallery | Facebook | Moto Aktuel

1979 Ducati 900 GTS Photo Gallery | Facebook | Moto Aktuel | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
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Performance, News From The World Of Ohlins, Issue 1

Performance, News From The World Of Ohlins, Issue 1 | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Welcome to the exciting first issue of Performance, our new online magazine that we hope will entertain and inform you about the wide world of Öhlins and the people that have made it the company it is today.

Öhlins is in an exciting time today with an unprecedented amount of racing activities around the world, new technological breakthroughs in many areas and expansion and growth into many different parts of the world. A lot has happened since we started this journey back in the 70's.

In fact we have so many stories to tell from around the world, inside the factory, on two and four wheels (and skis!) that the first job has been to try and decide what will make this first edition!

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Valentino Rossi, Scatto 1,2,3,4 – The Photographer Challenge | Ducati.net

Valentino Rossi, Scatto 1,2,3,4 – The Photographer Challenge | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Periodically, (and every race weekend lately) Valentino Rossi has tweeted a selection of photographs that he likes from a group his preferred photographers. These are photos that portray him in the light he chooses and tend to be beautiful and we think often somewhat romantic – small dreamy images at a distance, pensive shots in the garage, happy shots, clowning around shots – he posts whatever appeals to him. Having recently experienced the frenzy of photographers that happens whenever Valentino Rossi shows his face we can appreciate the level of skill a photographer must have to shoot in these conditions and earn this sort of access. These photographers – Stefano Taglioni, Callo Albanese, Gigi Soldano and Tino Martino are at the top of the game.


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Pencil Portrait of Valentino Rossi by Stormfogel

Pencil Portrait of Valentino Rossi by Stormfogel | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Portrait of Valentino Rossi by Stormfogel on Stars Portraits, the biggest online gallery for celebrity portraits.

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - an old fashioned good time event | Vicki's View

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - an old fashioned good time event | Vicki's View | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

We’ve been to Pikes Peak, many years ago but never for the Hill Climb, an event, much like the Isle of Man TT that seems, well, kind of crazy. This year the mountain is fully paved, a progression that has taken years to finish and has resulted in a lot of different records from the old dirt days to the current paved one. This year’s records set will start a new era, and with a fully paved course – address new challenges, so it’s a great year to attend and here we are....


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Nicky Hayden's photo | Instagram | Air fence is your friend

Nicky Hayden's photo | Instagram | Air fence is your friend | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
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Custom Ducati 600 SuperSport | Gadgetfeast.com

Custom Ducati 600 SuperSport | Gadgetfeast.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
We don't know a lot about this bike, but here is what we do know.  It is based on a 1995 Ducati 600 SuperSport, it has been modified a lot, and it is freakin' awesome!

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More photos from Laguna Seca Ducati Island… | Ducati.net

More photos from Laguna Seca Ducati Island… | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Saturday on Ducati Island….It took the sun a while to find it’s way out but the Ducati fans were on the Island in record numbers. Check out Saturday’s action starting HERE

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Experiencing Italy via Ducati Multistrada | UltimateMotorcycling.com

Experiencing Italy via Ducati Multistrada | UltimateMotorcycling.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

The odometer spins easily through everyday life, accumulating tens of thousands of clicks on workaday commutes and grocery store runs. In contrast, motorcycle journeys are personal mileage, forging more intimate connections between man, machine, and road. They remind us of who we are, and during the best of rides, who we will become.

This particular thousand-mile ride unfolded in Tuscany aboard a definitively Italian motorcycle over the course of a week. The excursion was organized and executed by Edelweiss Bike Travel, the Austrian outfit whose 30 years in the touring business has previously focused on BMWs and Harley-Davidsons.

The inaugural run for the Ducati/Edelweiss collaboration kicked off in Bologna. Known as The Red City for its crimson-hued roofs, Bologna is also a metaphorically apt place to begin a motorcycle adventure. Its labyrinthine colonnades radiate from a central wheel, a hub - not to mention it is also home to the manufacturer's global headquarters, where every Ducati is born before being shipped to dealerships around the world.

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2009 1064 Imola Replica | Phil Aynsley Photography

2009 1064 Imola Replica | Phil Aynsley Photography | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

 Ductalk editors note: Can also be seen here in this video we featured earlier ths year

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Ducati Island Laguna Seca Schedule Is Out! | Ducati.net

Ducati Island Laguna Seca Schedule Is Out! | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Ducati Island – Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix 2012 – Laguna Seca

Provisional Schedule – Subject to Change

Friday, July 27
8:00 AM Ducati Island Opens
8:00 AM Ducati Make-A-Wish Silent Auctions Begin Ducati Island
8:30 AM AMA SuperSport Practice Track
10:10 AM MotoGP World Championship Practice Track
10:30 AM 1199 Panigale – Superquadro Engine Discovery Ducati Island / 1199 Tech Area
10:30 AM PUMA Social Tournament & Challenge Ducati Island
11:00 AM Ducati Trivia Powered by Öhlins USA * Ducati Island / Main Stage
11:45 AM Ducati Parade Lap – Track Access at Turn 5 ** Track
12:00 PM DJ HAPA Rocks the Island Ducati Island / Main Stage
12:20 PM AMA Daytona SportBike Practice Track
1:30 PM FIM E-Power & TTX Championship Practice Track
2:00 PM 1199 Panigale – EBC, DTC, DES, DQS, ABS, DDA: Demystified Ducati Island / 1199 Tech Area
2:00 PM PUMA Social Tournament & Challenge Ducati Island

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video | Mugello - Ducati OnBoard | MotoGP.com

Discover the Mugello Circuit OnBoard the factory Ducati.


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Video | World Ducati Week 2012 | Diavel Drag Races! | Ducati Motor Holding

The full video shot by WDW TV of the Drag Race that took place in Misano June 23rd 2012, during the world Ducati Week. Challengers: Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Carlos Checa, Jakub Smirz, Silvayn Guintoli, Troy Bayliss, Niccolò Canepa, Lorenzo Zanetti

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Barberá storms to first premier-class front row at Italian GP | motogp.com ·

Barberá storms to first premier-class front row at Italian GP | motogp.com · | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá put in a great effort during qualifying for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello today, as he put his satellite Desmosedici third on the grid for the first time in his premier-class career.

The Spanish rider was ecstatic with his performance at the Tuscan track: "It's the first time I’m on the front row and I'm very happy because this year we have four Yamahas and four Hondas on the grid that are very difficult to beat. And our bike is not official; it’s a satellite machine. But the team is at a very high level and has worked very well this weekend. I am very satisfied."

The Valencian rider did his best lap today without sticking to the rear wheel of another rider, and has taken the opportunity to silence some of his rivals, who accuse him of always looking to benefit from the slipstream of others. "The riders that have spoken out have winning bikes, yet I have a bike that has had no changes since I got it last November. It has never evolved," Barberá pointed out.

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Faster and Faster | Battle of the Ages: Ducati 851 vs Ducati 1199 Panigale

Faster and Faster | Battle of the Ages: Ducati 851 vs Ducati 1199 Panigale | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Remember the Ducati 851? It came out in 1987 and blitzed the world of sportsbikes like few other machines have ever managed to. Desmoquattro V-Twin, liquid-cooling, fuel-injection, four-valve cylinder heads, 95bhp and a top speed of about 240km/h made the bike a bit special 25 years ago and that’s the way it remains today, despite the fact that it probably requires motorcycle breakdown cover more than the Panigale does!

The 851 and its various avatars (851 SP, 888 and 888 SP) were produced from 1987 to 1993 and the bike won three World Superbikes championships – with Raymond Roche in 1990 and with Doug Polen in 1991 and 1992. By 1993, the Ducati 888 had twin fuel injectors per cylinder, power was up to 125bhp and the bike had the best bits that companies like Termignoni, Brembo and Ohlins were making back then.

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