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MOTOGP: HAYDEN OPENS UP IN CANDID INTERVIEW

MOTOGP: HAYDEN OPENS UP IN CANDID INTERVIEW | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Nicky Hayden admits that he is not happy with the results he has had during his stint with Ducati, and is ready for a fresh start with Power Electronics Aspar next season.
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 3, 2013 7:27 PM

Still not throwing dirt. This is a what a professional looks like...

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The Breakup is Official – Now What? | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

After weeks of rumors, Ducati and Alstare have terminated the partnership.  Factors cited include the global economic downturn, standard code for loss of a main sponsor and lack of money momentum going into 2014.  But the relationship with Francis Batta has been rocky for some time. The 2013 SBK season was the worst in Ducati’s history – Ducati for the first time failing to win a race. The team was riddled with rider injuries and and the fundamental issues of where to lay the blame – was it the bike or was it the riders – reported to be an ongoing disagreement with Ducati management.  Despite reported efforts to reconcile, the relationship was terminated early by “common agreement”.
So what happens now?  
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:33 AM

My view, maybe 2014 is brighter than you think...

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Pierobon’s Trellis Frame for the Ducati 1199 Panigale – Ducatisti Purists, Your Prayers Have Been Answered

Pierobon’s Trellis Frame for the Ducati 1199 Panigale – Ducatisti Purists, Your Prayers Have Been Answered | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
We have featured the work of Peirobon on Asphalt & Rubber before, as the boutique firm from Bologna makes some intriguing air-cooled Ducati-powered sport bikes for discerning buyers, among other things.

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It’s Official – Luigi Dall’Igna is the new Ducati Corse General Manager | Ducati.net

Ducati announces the appointment of Mr. Luigi Dall’Igna as the new General Manager of Ducati Corse. Having played key roles for many years in both MotoGP and World Superbike championships, 47-year-old Mr. Dall’Igna has acquired significant experience in the world of motor sport. His expertise will enable the Bologna-based manufacturer to increase its focus on the technical aspects of its racing activity, continuing to lay the foundations for a new phase of development and improving its competitive results. 


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Chaz Davies to Ducati for 2014?

Chaz Davies to Ducati for 2014? | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Chaz Davies is linked with a possible move to Ducati for the 2014 World Superbike Championship.. 

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More here on the status of Alstare as well...

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:05 AM

More in this article on Alstare retaining the Ducati team as well. Makes me suspect the public announcement of  "I'm leaving and there is nothing in my contract to stop me" is perhaps a time honored way to get the support and structure you need for 2014...

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Indianapolis confirms 'new-look' MotoGP layout

Indianapolis confirms 'new-look' MotoGP layout | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has confirmed that a 'new-look' circuit layout will be used for its MotoGP event..  

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Behind the Scenes: High Plains Drifitin' Video

Behind the Scenes: High Plains Drifitin' Video | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
An inside look at the making of the Ducati-Diavel-meets-a-dry-lake-bed stunt video.  
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Hard not to love a Flying Diavel!

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Dovizioso speaks on Ducati’s MotoGP troubles

Dovizioso speaks on Ducati’s MotoGP troubles | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso finally can’t hold back anymore about his frustrations with the manufacturer’s MotoGP program and gives a scathing commentary 
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Ducati-engined VW XL1 under consideration | Autocar

Ducati-engined VW XL1 under consideration | Autocar | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
187bhp Volkwagen XL Sport to offer lightweight, powerful racing with a possible entry into motorsport
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Carlos Checa out for the rest of the SBK season | Ducati.net

Carlos Checa out for the rest of the SBK season | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Team SBK Ducati Alstare has announced that further complications from the serious crash Carlos Checa suffered last weekend in Turkey have revealed a pelvis fracture at the femoral head, an injury that requires surgery and a minimum 10 week recovery time. This effectively removes him from participating in the remaining three rounds.

Earlier today via twitter Carlos Checa posted: 


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, September 17, 2013 4:10 PM

Has Carlos Checa ridden his last race for Ducati? 

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Patrick Dempsey's Top Drives: A Vespa in Rome

Patrick Dempsey's Top Drives: A Vespa in Rome | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Patrick Dempsey's Top Drives: A Vespa in Rome
Men's Journal
Patrick Dempsey may be a cager when it comes to racing, but that doesn't mean he's above two-wheeled action if the city calls for it. "You'd have to have a Vespa in Rome," he says.

Via Massimo Piccotto
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Oh yea, this is absolutely the way to see Rome. And Florence. Not Milan though...

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JvB-Moto Ducati Monster 1100

JvB-Moto Ducati Monster 1100 | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, Ducati caused a flurry of interest in the custom world with its International Design Contest.
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Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso to appear at Ducati Indy tomorrow (Thursday)

Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso to appear at Ducati Indy tomorrow (Thursday) | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Scheduled for Thursday (tomorrow) August 15th at 7pm                                             

 Ducati Indianapolis                                                                                                                      

629 Northwestern Dr  Zionsville, IN 4607

(317) 337-10984

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This is, as far as I know, the only Ducati team rider appearance scheduled for the Ducati Community. See you there!

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:28 PM

This is, as far as I have heard, the only appearance organized specifically for the Ducati Community at Indy this year . See you there! 


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MotoGP Tech: Kevin Cameron Analyzes 10 Photos of Modern MotoGP Bikes

MotoGP Tech: Kevin Cameron Analyzes 10 Photos of Modern MotoGP Bikes | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Nothing on two wheels is more pleasing to the eye than a modern MotoGP bike.  
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, November 2, 2013 3:32 PM

Really excellent article if you like the technical side of the highest form of the sport...

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Let's praise MotoGP for finding a solution

Let's praise MotoGP for finding a solution | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Mandatory pitstops came to MotoGP in Australia as tyre wear concerns on the resurfaced Phillip Island track led to an emergency one-off format change.
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As a keen observer of the obvious it really is a miracle tires that literally cooked themselves to death internally didn't produce a much worse.  I tend to agree with Toby Moody in full.  This was, at the end of the day, a very good call.

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First Glimpse of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera

First Glimpse of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Asphalt & Rubber broke the news about the upcoming Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera. An ultra-exclusive limited edition model of the Panigale R superbike, our sources spoke of jaw-dropping figures: 220hp at the crank, and 40 lbs shed from what was already Ducati’s lightest superbike ever.

With only 500 models to be produced, this halo bike from Bologna will be available only to the upper-echelon of Ducati customers, with the Italian brand setting up an online ordering form for the chosen Ducatisti.

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Duc Soup Ducati Monster Custom

Duc Soup Ducati Monster Custom | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

 Another bike built as a final year engineering project, this time from Manuel Ayllón in Madrid, Spain.


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 9, 2013 7:33 PM

I'm looking forward to the comments on this one.  It's a pretty interesting build regardless if it's your cup of tea or not...

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BeIn Sport Poll - Vote for Superbikes!

BeIn Sport Poll - Vote for Superbikes! | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
We at beIN SPORT USA celebrate one year of bringing you the most prestigious international sporting events. Check out the highlights.


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:53 AM

Let's help the channel that cared enough to pick up the sport we love AND give us Euro quality coverage, understand how much this means to us - If you agree -  take a moment to do the poll.....


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Symposium to celebrate Ducati’s TT and F1 models

Symposium to celebrate Ducati’s TT and F1 models | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
New Hampshire Motor Speedway will come alive to the sounds of vintage Ducati racing bikes this weekend when the fifth Ducati TT & F1 Symposium takes place
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:19 PM

If you are in the area of NHMS this weekend, this is a don't miss oppertunity to hear these rare machines at full song. Really something special.

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Ducati USA Store to Feature Factory Parts and Accessories On-Line via New eBay Motors Store

Ducati USA Store to Feature Factory Parts and Accessories On-Line via New eBay Motors Store | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

eBay Motors, one of the largest online marketplaces for buying and selling all things automotive, today announced the launch of the brand new Ducati USA eBay Store, bringing a wide variety of genuine, authentic Ducati parts, accessories and apparel to fans of the iconic bike.

On the Ducati USA eBay Store, fans will find everything from vintage-style Ducati t-shirts to aluminum gas tanks for the 1199 Panigale. All new products purchased through the Ducati USA store are backed by a two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

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Carbon Ducati Leggero by Walt Siegl

Carbon Ducati Leggero by Walt Siegl | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
The Leggero is a limited edition series of custom Ducatis produced by world renowned motorcycle builder, Walt Siegl.
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:57 AM

Really love this Carbon version

Dave Shonk's comment, October 2, 2013 11:59 AM
Good Lord, that's an awesome build.
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‘67 350 Ducati Scrambler AKA The “Tree Fiddy” AKA “The Ducrapi” AKA “The
Duchti”

‘67 350 Ducati Scrambler AKA The “Tree Fiddy” AKA “The Ducrapi” AKA “The <br/>Duchti” | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

67 350 widecase scrambler motor (non desmo) and frame, stock motor, frame delugged and rear loop pulled in. Yamaha R5b forks up front and 13” shrouded shocks from a BSA out back. Akront rims (21” and 18”) laced to Ducati hub in rear and Yamaha 175 hub up front. Mystery tires that I sanded all the lettering off of. Battery is tiny, coil is from a Yamaha. The giant handlebars are from the ‘60s. Seat is a chopper pillion pad and the gas tank is a narrowed Yamaha tank with Italian petcocks. Megaphone is short, thick and loud (just how I like my women).


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Phil Hitchcock's comment, October 2, 2013 12:55 AM
good job of stuffing up a decent bike - hope the Honda carb sucks his brains out cause we all know where it is located -;)
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Tudor Introduces Auto-Inspired Watches

Tudor Introduces Auto-Inspired Watches | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

At ATimelyPerspective.com, we heralded the coming of this sister brand to Rolex since March. Well now, the eagerly anticipated Tudor is here. Last week, the launch event for Tudor was held in New York at the ultra-modern, Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building in Chelsea. The evening witnessed a gathering of who’s who in the watch world, from collectors and retailers to watch writers and VIP friends of the brand—along with some amazing timepieces and strong announcements.
Read more at http://oceandrive.com/the-latest/watches/postings/tudor-introduces-auto-racing-inspired-watches#IEtmR4WUrP2JyeWK.99 

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It's Official - Bimota Sold

It's Official - Bimota Sold | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

After Ducati and Husqavarna, anothe Italian manufacturer has gone into the hands of a foreigner buyer, this time its the turn of Bimota.

The manufacturer whose name was based on its founders, Bianchi, Morri and Tamburini celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and been bought by a Swiss group - the name of the company has yet to be revealed - and apparently the owner has a passion for motorcycles.

For the moment it seems that Bimota will remain in Italy (Rimini), with just fresh capital flowing into the company’s coffers, and that the marque will continue their longtime collaboration with Ducati and BMW for their engines.


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, September 12, 2013 9:03 AM

We watch this with interest.  Bimota is a brand that has a long history of it's fortunes tied tightly to Ducati.

Thierry's comment, September 12, 2013 2:03 PM
Bimota is an amazing brand. So bold and innovative. But Husqvarna was not Italian. Thanks for sharing the article anyway. Important move indeed.
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899 Panigale Revealed!

899 Panigale Revealed! | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
The 2014 Ducati Superbike 899 Panigale unveiled in Frankfurt
  • Highly anticipated 899 Panigale unveiled by Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, at VW Group Night on the eve of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt
  • The stunning “Supermid”model offers a new way to access the world of Ducati Superbikes
  • 899 Panigale continues monocoque concept, Superquadro engine and benchmark electronics
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 09 September 2013 – The highly-anticipated Ducati 899 Panigale has been unveiled at the VW Group Night in Frankfurt, Germany, on the eve of the IAA International Motor Show, which runs from the 12-22 September. The presentation made by Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali,  represents a preview of the Italian Manufacturer’s exciting 2014 model range.

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, September 9, 2013 6:17 PM

This might be equally notable for the fact that it was unveiled in Germany...