The Ducati Team’s scheduled three-day off-season test at the Spanish Jerez circuit certainly wasn’t without its hurdles, but the team took them in stride and heads into MotoGP’s winter test ban with information that will be helpful as engineers do their development work on the 2013 Desmosedici.
Sunny-but-cold conditions marked the first two days, allowing Nicky [...]
World Superbike contender Marco Melandri believes he punched above his weight on the factory BMW this year.
Melandri finished third overall but was right in the title hunt until a crash at Portimao in Portugal ruled him out of both races and blew the championship race open.
He won more races than other rider, taking six victories [...]
A video preview from xBhp’s ride on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 to the world’s highest village in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh. You can read the entire travelogue coupled with some breathtaking pictures from this ride in the Dec12-Jan13 issue of the xBhp magazine. The magazine is available on all the newsstands across the country, including [...]
The 2013 MotoGP World Championship schedule continues to fall into place, with confirmation of a contest in Spain at Jerez de la Frontera on May 5, 2013 and a change of date for the Sachsenring round from July 7th to the 14th. In the update issued in October, the start of the season would have been March [...]
2013 World Superbike
For the 2013 World Superbike Championship, Marco Melandri will be spearheading BMW’s efforts with the all-new BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK team.
This effort is based out of Melandri’s native Italy and not Germany like the 2012 BMW Motorrad team. Whereas the GoldBet team was a privateer effort in 2012 (BMW Italia GoldBet), for 2013 [...]
I ride my motorcycle to work nearly every day. I have two main reasons for doing so: I can ride in the HOV lane (a major convenience here in the ATL) and because it’s just fun. Turns out I also may be turning into an evil genius with a dangerous amount of mental processing power. [...]
Written by: Kevin Ash
BMW’s G650GS machines are among only a handful of bigger bikes available as an option to holders of the new A2 licence, a product of licensing regulations due to begin on January 19 next year.
The new system is explained more fully in the panel below, but the rules allow A2 licence holders [...]
Three years ago you could find a 2-valve, air-cooled power plant in four distinct Ducati model ranges. Next year it will be just one. And the year after that? We say none.
If you want to buy an old school Ducati Hypermotard from next year on, you’re out of luck. At the 2012 EICMA show in [...]
GS Trophy day 7
First, the big news… Team Germany has won the GS Trophy 2012, with France coming second and Italy rounding out the top three. Here’s what happened on the final day of what has been a truly memorable Trophy…
Even though today (Saturday) was the last competition day of the GS Trophy 2012, the [...]
Day three — time to get serious! Starting from Saint Martin de los Andes as early as 6 a.m., the riders left the asphalt and headed south, venturing off-road deeper and deeper into Patagonia. To this hard 450 km Marathon day under a blazing Argentinian sun a couple of ‘extra’ specials as a deep and [...]
Written by Evan Williams
Ducati’s MotoGP program has suffered through a tough couple of years, and the team saw a shakeup last week when Filippo Preziosi was moved to another position within Ducati and German Bernhard Gobmeier was brought onboard to head Ducati Corse. Paolo Ciabatti, the man who ran World Superbike’s operations side in recent [...]
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