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The Impressive Numbers Of EICMA 2014

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The astonishing spectacle that is the Milan Motorcycle Show and why it's the mac daddy of shows...

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Ducati Team at Aragon MotoGP Photo Gallery

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Cal has a good day in the rain...

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video - Ducati Mark3 450cm³

Video Report on the complete renovation of a Ducati Mark3 450cm ³.  

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, August 21, 5:48 PM

It starts out as a Mark3 and ends as a Scrambler but it's a cool video set in a great old shop, even if it's movie magic...

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Bike of the Week: Fuller's Scrambler

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What’s the best thing you can do with a vintage Ducati Scrambler? We say, ride the crap out of it. That’s what fabricator, TV-show host and hot rod builder, Bryan Fuller did with this Ducati Scrambler. He built a vintage bike with a modern twist and took it out in the mud.


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Ducati Grandstands and Ducati Island at Laguna Seca WSBK

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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!

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, July 3, 3:46 PM

I am trying to get some extra Island parking passes.  If you need one contact me directly...

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Ducati Island, Laguna Seca SBK 1995

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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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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, June 23, 6:08 PM

Working on the Ducati Bike show and sound contest for this years Island now. For a look at last years Laguna Seca Ducati Island on www.Ducatiphotos.com, click HERE


Have an entry/questions? contact me directly.


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Video | Scrambler Ducati - Stay Tuned

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It's Official - Can't wait! #ScramblerDucati

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Ducati Team - Lemans GP Weekend Photo Gallery

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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.”
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Ernesto Marinelli - Q&A | WSBK Interview

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 “For sure the rider that I had the most great memories with was Troy. Actually I still miss him!”.  


For Ernesto Marinelli, a man who joined Ducati at the tail end of 1995, the 2013 World Superbike season was hard to stomach. 

A new bike and a succession of injuries contributed to both of Ducati's riders finishing outside the championship top ten for the first time in World Superbike history. 

However a winter of internal reorganisation has given the new 'Ducati Superbike Team' some much needed momentum for 2014. Recent testing results and the pace shown at both the Phillip Island and Aragon rounds by new riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano has led Marinelli to believe Ducati will be back at the front in the not too distant future. 


For the rest click HERE: http://www.crash.net/wsbk/interview/203559/1/ernesto-marinelli-ducati-qa.html

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, April 25, 3:56 PM

This is a great look into the career of a man highly responsible for many many Ducati podiums

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Tomorrow: Monster Challenge 2014

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Just a reminder, tomorrow is the dealership Monster Challenge events nationwide.  We really love this poster from Ducati Winchester (really Donnie, it's suitable for framing!) but regardless where you are in the USA if you have a Monster, check your local dealer for details of how to enter and win.

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, April 4, 11:16 AM

Is this the best Ducati event poster ever? I was partial to the first Superbike Concorso graphics but this is pretty bad ass...

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Ducati hits new record in motorcycle sales - USA is #1 Market

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Ducati broke it's 2012 all time record of 44,102 in 2013, ending the year with 44,287.   The USA was it's #1 market, followed by Italy and Germany.


Source: Ansa.it


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Virtual Tour of the Ducati Museum Available on Google Maps

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Even fancied a visit in Bologna, Italy at the Ducati Museum, but you're simply too far away and the trip would be too expensive? Well, you can still take a virtual tour of the museum, as long as you're connected to the Internet and can access Google Maps.
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Really cool, you can tour the side rooms too...

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, February 18, 12:34 PM

This is very cool, you literally can tour the museum...

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MOTOGP: HAYDEN OPENS UP IN CANDID INTERVIEW

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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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Ducati Scrambler Unveiled

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Ducati Scrambler - The most partially unveiled new bike in history, finally fully revealed

All the details, tech specs and photos HERE on Ducati.net

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FoodBev.com | News | Cartils limited edition design for S.Pellegrino and Ducati

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Every year, S.Pellegrino launches a limited edition following the theme 'Live in Italian'. This year, S.Pellegrino co-brands with Ducati.
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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, August 22, 11:49 AM

For those wondering what the deal is with the Ducati branded S.Pellegrino that's turned up at Costco...

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College student bonds with her dad on a Ducati Monster 696 | Wall Street Journal

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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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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, August 12, 9:19 PM

Nice story on my friends Devy and Guido, and the Desmodonne International womens Ducati club.

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The Magic of Mechanical Contraptions, The Ducati 48

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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 Wins Middleweight Division and Takes Two Open Division Podium Positions at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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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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Ducati Scrambler - Another Spy Picture

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Translated by Google: 


Ducati motorcycles - the sightings continue the highly anticipated Ducati Scrambler, this time it was paparazzi with the colors and details that made immortal the original model of the years 60/70: superstructures yellow tank with chrome inserts, high handlebars, the line seems successful and as required by the decidedly retro fashion now -


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#sunrise beauties this morning for @caferacertv at the crack! It's pretty inspiring to wake to the sound and feel of this rolling museum piece

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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, May 28, 9:54 AM

Repost of my friend Bryan Fuller's shot of our bike at the beach this morning for a Cafe Racer TV shoot...

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CW Tech: Why Ducati is Committed to Desmodromic Valve Operation

CW Tech: Why Ducati is Committed to Desmodromic Valve Operation | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
A short history of valve control and why Ducati sticks with desmodromics.  


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's curator insight, April 25, 6:10 PM

 “Because it is the system we know best.”  Now that's a great answer....

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Massimo Tamburini, Motorcycle Designer – 1943- 2014 | Ducati.net

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Italian icon dies of lung cancer at 71.

If you are a lover of Italian motorcycles then it’s really possible you can remember right where you were standing the first time you saw a 916 Ducati.  For me it was in Milan at the Milan Motorcycle show, right there in the front row when Claudio Castiglioni pulled the cover off it and the rowdy Italian crowd went from noisy to hushed whispers of “Bella, bella, bella”. Thus was the effect this man had on machines and on motorcycle companies.

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Ian Pronto's curator insight, April 8, 11:33 AM

The first time i saw this bike was in the movie "The Italian Job" and i  loved it instantly. when i was i kid i had a model of this bike in my room. This designer was really just a visionary. R.I.P.

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Ducati Diavel 2014 - Ride Like The Devil | First Ride | Motorcyclenews.com - YouTube

Ducati created something special in 2011 when it crossed a cruiser with a superbike and called it the Diavel. It changed the way we think about cruisers and now there's an updated version powered by a dual-spark engine. We rode it at its launch in the south of France. Our test bike is the £16,995 Carbon model.

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Ducati Superbike Design by Steven Galpin

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Recently Ducati.net posted a design study drawn by Steven Galpin, a young UK design school graduate. He approached us with his final year project which he had spent some time working on. He envisioned it as the Ultimate Ducati streetbike, and a tribute to Valentino Rossi to celebrate the end of his career.  His hope was that we might help him get his name out because he is seeking a job. To say it was a popular post would be an understatement. In just a few days the post has had almost 400,000 views and more than 3500 “shares”. In the process there were a lot of great questions posted seeking more information on the design, which once again, is a student drawing, not something penned by the manufacturer.  And while there might be some pretty great leaps of whimsy, it’s hard not to like the way he’s thinking…

To see the original post and comments click HERE


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IndySS by Analog Motorcycles: Ducati Indiana Custom | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net

IndySS by Analog Motorcycles: Ducati Indiana Custom | Vicki's View Blog on Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
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