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Filippo Preziosi Resigns from Ducati

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Former General Manager of Ducati Corse Filippo Preziosi has resigned from the company, ending his 19-year career with the Italian manufacturer. Preziosi led Ducati‘s racing program for the last decade including its lone MotoGP championship in 2007, but the 44-year-old engineer also carries a lot of the blame for Ducati’s recent struggles including the doomed Valentino Rossi era. Preziosi held the position of GM of Ducati Corse until last November when he was replaced with former BMW Superbike manager Bernhard Gobmeier.

WSBK 2013: Phillip Island Race Report

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Max Biaggi who? The Roman Emperor’s retirement after winning the 2012 World Superbike Championship marked the end of an era for Aprilia, with the 2013 campaign marking the first without Biaggi since the Italian manufacturer came back to the WSBK scene with the RSV4. If Aprilia misses its two-time WSBK Champion, it sure didn’t show it with a dominating display at the 2013 season opener in Australia.

Former World Champion Franco Uncini Named Grand Prix Safety Officer

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

The International Motorcycling Federation has named Franco Uncini the FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer and circuit inspector. The 1982 500cc Grand Prix World Champion (pictured on the left above) takes over for the retired Claude Danis (right in the photo) to oversee safety in MotoGP. The now 58-year-old Uncini won the 1982 World Championship for Roberto Gallina‘s factory-backed Suzuki.

FIM Updates Superbike Racing Homologation Lists for 2013

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has released an updated list of motorcycles homologated for the 2013 Superbike, Supersport, and Superstock racing season. Notable additions include the new BMW S1000RR HP4, the MV Agusta F3 and the Superbike-spec Ducati 1199 Panigale R. To qualify a production-based racebike for FIM homologations, manufacturers have to meet certain production thresholds.

Ducati 1199 Panigale RS13 unwrapped

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Maybe I'm wired up wrong but these pictures of the Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale are, to me, more exciting than the latest Sports Illustrated cover. Just look at that tight chassis, the flowing curves and those cans tucked just out of sight and then compare that to the model on the right. I know what I'd rather spend the day with.

Ducati Releases 2013 Hypermotard “License To Thrill” Video

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Next week, I’ll be headed to the Ascari Circuit in Southern Spain, as Ducati is set to launch the all new 2013 Hypermotard to the world’s motorcycle press. To get everyone excited about the event, the boys from Bologna decided to have a little fun. Together with its factory MotoGP pilot, Nicky Hayden, and a cameo by Ruben Xaus, Ducati has filmed an exciting video to showcase what the bike can do.

Ducati 848 bits and bobs for sale

Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

Calling all 848, 1098 and 1198 owners: I'm havig a garage clearout and these are a few parts I'm selling. They came off a standard 2009 848 during the process of converting it into an 848 Challenge bike. I'm on 07889 091 239 and based in SW London, UK.

Alstare Reveals 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R WSBK Livery

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

The Ducati Alstare team revealed the livery for its Ducati 1199 Panigale R superbike which will make its racing debut in the 2013 World Superbike Championship. The Panigale R replaces the highly successful 1098R as Ducati‘s premiere production-based racebike. Riding the 1199 for Ducati Alstare are Ayrton Badovini and Carlos Checa who won the 2011 WSBK title on the 1098R.

2012 US Motorcycle Sales Results – Industry Reports 2.6% Increase

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800

The Motorcycle Industry Council reported a 2.6% increase in motorcycle sales in the U.S. market for 2012. According to the industry group’s figures, American consumers purchased 452,386 motorcycles in 2012 compared to 440,899 motorcycles in 2011.

Natural Habitats

Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0800

SAM Christmas has been a professional photographer for the last 3 years and is the man behind Natural Habitats, a collection of photos covering the growing UK custom scene, showing bikes and their builders at home.    Sam's clients include the likes of Honda, Dainese, Google, Polo Jeans and Edwin denim but Natural Habitats is a personal project that took one and a half years to complete. I got to meet Sam when the exhibition opened in Shoreditch on Thursday evening.