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EICMA 2012 International Motorcycle Show
New Ducati 1199R and Hypermotard 821
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Ducati Corse World Superbike Book by Cathcart and Gianatsis
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World Superbike Changes to Pirelli 17-Inch Wheel / Tires for 2013
World Ducati Week 2012 65,000 of the faithful merge on Misano
Ducati 1199RS 2013 World Superbike Part One & Part Two Revealed!
2012 Honda CBR1000RR Features New Updates
Editorial: World Championship Roadracing in America - Will it Survive?
Fast Dates Calendar Shoot at Miller 2012 USA World Superbike
Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2012 Classic Bikes on the Grass
Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa - World Superbike Tires for the Street!
Ducati 1199S Panigale World Press First Track Ride
2012 World Superbike Season PreviewPhillip Island Race
Verona Italy Bike Show - Cool Customs and Sporbikes
Pro Italia Cafe Desmo 2011 Event Coverage
Ducati's Monocoque Design Dilemma - To Frame or Not?
Manuela Raffaeta - Marco Melandri's Girlfriend rocks our world!
Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike Feature Report
EICMA 2011 International Motorcycle Show
Pirelli Supercorsa street and track tire
Elena Myers - Teenage Dream Girl Roadracer
New 2012 World Superbike Regulations
New Ducati Superquadro 1199 Engine - 195 hp for the Street!
New 2012 Superbikes! Yamaha, Honda, Ducati 1199
NCR Factory / Poggopolini Ducati Racing Bikes and Parts

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Edelweiss Ducati Imola World Superbike Tour Across Italy
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Calendar Kitten and Playboy Playmate Heather Rae Young knows just how to accessorize Luca Scassa's Supersonic Racing Ducati 1198RS World Superbike. Heather also served as the offical Ducati Corse World Suerbike team umbrella girl for Michelle Fabrizio at the Miller USA round. You'll find bikes like this with the beautiful Kittens featured in the Calendar Bike Garage with full specifications and screensaver size pictures.

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• Hi Jim, I just got the book and calendar and I would like to say thanks for the great service. I have had a quick look through it and the photography is amazing. I look forward to many an evening reading about those beatiful bikes. From one Ducatisti to another MILLE GRAZIE!
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EICMA 2012 Motorccyle Show covergae photos

Milan, Italy November 13-18th, 2012 - MVAgusta's reply to the Ducati's Streetfighter / Hypermotard premiering at EICMA this year is their new Rivale 800cc which uses the F3 Supersport's 675cc 3-cylinder motor that has been bored and stroked to the maximum.
The Rivale was voted 'Most Beautiful Bike' at this year's EICMA Show....

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Carols Checca Ducati 1199R EICMADucati World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa helped introduce the new 1199R at EICMA.

Ducati Unleashes the 1199R Panigale Superbike
Nov 15th 2012 - The 2013 Ducati Superbike family line-up is now completed with the highly-anticipated arrival of the 1199 Panigale R, the absolute flagship of the range and the machine specially developed with enhanced technical specification by Ducati Corse for World Superbike homologation. The exciting “R” model stands alongside the 1199 Panigale and 1199 Panigale S in the new-for-2013 arctic white colour scheme and
signature Ducati red, in addition to the exclusive 1199 Panigale S Tricolore.

All 2013 year 1199 models are updated with latest generation engine management mapping and Ride-by-Wire calibration, stated to increase low and mid-rage power significantly over the 2012 Superquadro engine, further enhancing the Ducati Superbike riding experience. This ECU software upgrade is also available now to all 2012 model 1199 Panigale owners free of charge through their Ducati dealers, both for standard exhaust system bikes and those upgraded with the DP Termigoni Silencer Kite, and the Complete Race System as now come standard on the 1199R.

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Fast Dates Ducati 1199 Panigale Performance Upgrades - from "S" to "RS"
Dec 1st, 2012 - Our 1199RS project bike has had the finishing touches put to it and we're really excited. Actually it's my personal 2012 year 1199S model which I've upgraded with Ducati Performance and Ducati Corse RS race parts. With the addition of the DP Termignoni Full Race Exhaust System we've got esentially the new 2013 model 1199R sans the Titanium Rods which let the R-model rev 500 rpm higher. The additional RPM will only be an advantage on a factory race bike where hotter cam changes and higher compression pistons can take advantage of the higher RPM to find more peak power. But then, it's almost a moot point a present in World Superbike as the Ducati 1199 Superquadro engines still must run a 52mm intake restrictor on their 58mm throttle bodies to keep the horsepower down to 195hp as on the stock 1199 street bike. More Here

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Edelweiss Ducati Best of Italy Tour with a World Superbike or MotoGP Race 2013/2014

Ever wonder why Italian motorcycle racers win almost twice as many world championship titles as any other nation? Well, there are probably many reasons, but looking at an Italian map you will see one particular reason: beautiful Italian roads weaving through a patchwork of mountains and mountain chains. That, and a passion for buildoing incredible high performance machinery, like Ducati which has won more World Superbike Championships than all the other bike manufacturers combined. Take that Championship winning Desmoquatro motor and place it in one of the world's premier sport touring bikes, the Multistrada 1200, and you've now got an incredible motorcycle to tour central Italy with its beautiful Tuscany region.

Edelweiss Ducati Italy World Superbike MotoGP Tour Website editor and photographer Jim Gianatsis has experienced the Edelweiss Ducati Best of Italy Tour first hand and recomends it highly, particularly for roadracing enthusiasts, and if you've never been riding or attended a World Championship round in Europe. For any Ducatista the trip to the Ducati factory is just icing on the cake. This tour begins in the birthplace of the most infamous of Italian motorcycles, the Ducati Factory in Bologna where you will tour the Ducati Museum and New Motorcycle Production Line before picking up your bike and heading out across the wine country of Tuscany with your newest friends.

Once underway, you will be busy all day, every day, to make it to places which are, on average, 60 miles apart as the crow flies. Why does it take so long? You'll spend a night in the beautiful cities of Florence, Sienna, Assisi and San Marino. But there's lunch and coffee stops in small villages along the way, plus you'll want to get to your destination city early to take in the sights, then end the day with a glorious dinner. You'll find your luggage waiting for you in your hotel room, having been transported there earlier by the chase van, so you can enjoy the day riding and enjoying the sights, not worrying about anything else. The Multistrada 1200 transforms mobility into art, rendering time and distance irrelevant, that’s why. Art needs freedom, therefore our flight pattern is not necessarily bound to any particular road surface either.

You'll devote a week of your lives to create a team masterpiece of motorised motion, consider yourself part of the Ducati team, and do not expect anything short of Ducati VIP treatment at the World Superbike or Moto Grand Prix round that completes the tour on the following weekend. At the legendary tracks of Imola or Mugello you'll get VIP Parking in the Ducati Village just behind the Ducati Grandstands where you'll have the best seat in the house to watch the races. Then its a short ride back to Bologna that evening for a final evening banquet party with your new closest freinds before leaving for home the next day. For complete information go to: Edelweiss Ducati Italy Race Tour

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Dec 7th, 2012 - The largest consumer motorcycle show tour launches its first Indianapolis event during Dealer Expo weekend in February 2013. The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows will make a weekend stop at the Indiana Convention Center Feb. 15-17, co-locating with the 2013 Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo being held that same weekend in a separate area of the facility.
“Our goal in developing one, single powersports weekend was to make sure we listened carefully to our customers, so that we created the right format, in the right city, at the right price and built the combined trade and consumer industry event they wanted,” said Advanstar Executive Vice President Danny Phillips.

Dealers attending the 2013 Dealer Expo will be able to visit the motorcycle show for free on Sunday afternoon. Show management encourages dealers to schedule meetings with their OEMs during this time. Dealers also will have the opportunity to view the 2013 models from a number of vehicle manufacturers.

Consumers will not be granted access to the Dealer Expo, nor any of its features and events, until Sunday afternoon, when the entire facility will be open to all trade and consumer attendees. The Dealer Expo will remain a secured, trade-only event from Friday morning to noon on Sunday, according to show management.

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Team Althea Racing with APRILIA FOR THE 2013 SBK SEASON.
Davide Giugliano will race with an Aprilia RSV4

 Noale,Italy, 3 December  2012 – Genesio Bevilacqua's Althea Racing, one of the top teams in World Superbike, has chosen Aprilia as their partner for the 2013 season.
The Aprilia RSV4 Factory, extraordinary winner of the Rider and Manufacturer titles in the season which just ended as well as in 2010, will be ridden in the next WSBK season races under the team Althea colours by Roman rider Davide Giugliano.
Born in 1989, Davide Giugliano had an excellent WSBK rookie season in 2012 with one second and one third place, and in 2011 he won the Superstock 1000 title with team Althea.
With the contract between Aprilia and Althea Racing, there will now be 4 Aprilia RSV4 bikes starting in the 2013 World Superbike season. In fact, Giugliano's Aprilia will be riding alongside the two official Aprilia Racing Team RSV4s ridden by Northern Irishman Eugene Laverty and Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli, as well as the Red Devils Roma team bike ridden by Michel Fabrizio.
Gigi Dall'Igna, technical and sport director of Aprilia Racing had this to say: “We are truly pleased to announce the cooperation with Althea Racing, unquestionably one of the top teams in World SBK. This is a structure with great technical skills that has our complete confidence. With the bike provided to Althea, and after the agreement reached with the Red Devils Roma team, we now have four RSV4 bikes lined up for the next World SBK season. This is a great challenge for Aprilia Racing and, at the same time, a reason for us to be proud since even in the season which just ended the RSV4 has shown itself to be a winning project”.
Aprilia is the reigning brand champion in WSBK and boasts a collection of 51 world titles: 4 in Superbike, won in 2010 and 2012, 9 championships in off-road disciplines and an incredible 38 championship titles in MotoGP where it is the most victorious Italian and European brand of those active in racing.

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Team Althea Racing together with Aprilia in 2013 World Superbike Championship

Dec 3rd - Althea Racing partners with Aprilia and prepares to compete at the top level in the 2013 World Superbike Championship. Davide Giugliano will be tasked with riding the RSV4 Factory machine, the bike that won theRider’s and Manufacturer’s titles in both the recently concluded 2012 championship and the
2010 season.

The two winning companies have decided to work together to consolidate their position as
frontrunners and give Davide Giugliano the chance to prove himself as a top rider in the
category. The young Italian rider can count on the tried and tested structure of the Civita
Castellana-based team and on the expertise of technicians who have clearly demonstrated their
ability in recent years.

Genesio Bevilacqua: “I am very pleased to have reached such an important agreement with
Aprilia. We will race with the championship winning bike next year and this will only encourage
us to push even harder and live up to the potential of the bike that we are entrusted with. As
everybody knows, Althea Racing is used to facing important challenges and counts on a
structure that works in perfect harmony to achieve great goals.

Our strength is our team and
its components; our team members, who have worked together for many years with no secrets between them, remain the same. We believe that we have sufficient experience with which to confront the challenge of the 2013 championship. Davide Giugliano is our secret weapon. He is a young and aggressive rider who has amazing talent and together with him we will fight for
success in the 2013 SBK championship standings. I would like to thank the entire Aprilia staff and particularly Engineer Dall’Igna for their willingness and professionalism.”

MV Agusta to Compete in World Supersport Beginning 2013 ßwith Team Park & Go
Varese, Italy, Nov 22nd 2012 - The Italian motorcycle manufacturer who is currently the sales leader of the middle weight supersport class has decided to return to racing on the world stage and is convinced that they have joined forces with the ideal partner: ParkinGO.

The two companies will be joined together in a three year contract.

The program will debut the MV Agusta F3 675 in the 2013 world Supersport class together with additional racing activity development.

The project will place the three cylinder bike from Varese in the able hands of the race technicians whom have already won the World Supersport Championship in 2011 and were contenders in the 2012 World Superbike Championship.

The ParkinGO Team have helped bring about this dream project building a long term link to the historic Italian motorcycle manufacturer whom have in the past accumulated 37 world championship titles, a number of which together with Giacomo Agostini.

The signature of the contract arrived on the day of Claudio Castiglioni's birthday, whom would be 65 years old today. This is clearly a sign that goes beyond mere coincidence and continues to convey the passion for racing that has always been synonymous with the motorcycle icon.

Giovanni Castiglioni - Presidente MV Agusta: "To be able to reach this agreement with ParkinGO is personally very satisfying. Taking into account the passion for racing that I have inherited from my father, this is a very emotional decision and I am looking forward to the challenges that will inevitably need to be overcome. Together with Engineer Bordi's experience, who personally plays a very important role in this project, I am convinced that there are all the elements needed to achieve our goals."

Giuliano Rovelli - Presidente ParkinGO: " Together with my brother Paolo we recognize the importance of MV Agusta's return to World Championship Racing and are extremely satisfied to be able to join forces and conclude this accord. From our very first encounter with MV there has been a tremendous feeling and understanding between our management teams, our common vision with regards to this project has been an important element that allowed us to join together in this partnership."

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In a more that shows the current state of AMA roadracng under Daytona Motorsports leadership offers no future for the few young emerging new riders in America, we were issued the following press release today...

Team Suzuki Press Office - November 22 - Tyco Suzuki has completed its 2013 British Superbike line-up having today signed 19-year-old American PJ Jacobsen to join Australian Josh Brookes next year on the GSX-R1000.

The New Yorker rode to success at Donington and Assen on the team's GSX-R1000 and 600cc machinery during ad hoc appearances this season, and with further podiums at Silverstone and the Brands Hatch finale in the Superstock class, the former American National Dirt Track champion was a big favourite amongst fans, sponsors and Tyco Suzuki personnel.

His transition to the British Superbike Championship - regarded as agruably the world's toughest domestic national tarmac series - is the next step in his fast moving career with Jacobsen and his New York Mets' cheerleader girlfriend Danielle now looking forward to setting up home in Northern Ireland prior to next season's BSB season which commences in April.

Jacobsen said: "It's great to finally sign the deal to ride for Tyco Suzuki and I'd like to thank team boss Philip Neill and Phil Dashey from Tyco for their support. The team stood by me this season and gave me an opportunity in British Superstock and Supersport and put my career on the map. I just can't wait to get out there now and test the Superbike, and I know my experienced Australian team-mate Josh Brookes will help me a lot. I like his determination and attitude to racing and already knowing the Tyco Suzuki guys is also a big help."

Team Manager Philip Neill added: "After agreeing terms with Josh during September it feels like it has taken a long time to finalise our British Superbike line-up. However now that it's done I am really looking forward to next season with a very exciting line up. PJ has been groomed as a motorcycle racer from a very young age and his unique all American style, of enjoying a bike sliding underneath him, will be a major factor in his future success in the Superbike category.
"As we have done with many of our riders, we will now start to put everything in place to create the correct environment for both PJ and his girlfriend Danielle, so they can be as comfortable as possible during their stay with us in Northern Ireland for 2013.

"With time spent riding our GSX-R1000 Superstock bike this year, we have secured some valuable information, so our technicians have already started fitting PJ around a GSX-R1000 Superbike, ready for his first test opportunity early next year. This really is the overall package we wanted, with Josh being a proven championship contender with years of experience and PJ being the young up and coming star. I have no doubt that the support of the Tyco Suzuki team and indeed Josh Brookes will be a significant factor in the eventual rise to the very top for this young man."


Team Suzuki Press Office - November 28. - Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes will make his Isle of Man TT debut next year with International road racer Guy Martin in the Northern Ireland-based team - although his main focus will remain on winning next season's BSB title.

Brookes fell in love with the TT on his first visit in 2009, but having sampled the atmosphere around the TAS Racing-run Tyco Suzuki camp during 'Race Week' in 2011 and 2012 where Martin was a strong contender - and having participated in parade laps on the Mountain Course - the Australian now feels the time is right to put his name on the entry list.

Brookes, who is currently at his New South Wales home, said: "I'm glad it's out in the open now as all the questions about whether I was going to ride or not - and not being able to say anything - was getting a bit tiring. Since making the decision, I've taken in some reconnaissance trips and spoken to a number of influential people. I fell in love with the place on my first visit back in 2009 and now that I'm with what I regard as the best team to be competing at the event with, it gives me peace of mind. It's too early to be setting any goals. It's the beginning of a new project and we'll just see how it goes."

Team Manager Philip Neill added: "As a team with a strong background in pure road racing I suppose it was inevitable that Josh would like to have a go at the TT. He will be one of the highest-profile newcomers to come to the TT in recent years, but I know it's not a spare-of-the-moment idea; he has given it careful consideration. We won't be expecting any miracle results and there is certainly no pressure on him. Our job is to use our experience and guide him to our best ability, but Josh is a sensible lad and BSB will remain his number one focus.





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Feb 24      Phillip Island AUS
Mar 10      India, Buddh
April 7       Spain, Aragon
April 28     Netherlands, Assen
May 12     Italy, Monza
May 26     GB, Donnington
June 9      Portugal Portimao
June 23    TBA
June 30    Italy, Imola
July 21     Russia, Moscow
Aug 4       GB, Silverstone
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Sept 29    USA, Laguna Seca
Oct 6        France, Magny Cours
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April 1       Italy Imola
April 22     Assen Netherlands
May 6       Italy Monza
May 13     Donnington, GB
May 28     Miller USA
June 10   Misano San Marino
July 1       Motorland Aragon SP
July 22     Brno Czech Republic
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Aug 26     Moscow Raceway RF
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Sept 23    Portimao Portugal
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June 16 -  Catalunya,Catalunya
June 29 -  Netherlands,AssenTT
July 7 -     Germany,Sachsenring
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Aug 25 -  Czech Rep, Brno
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Magneti Marelli ECU available to all MotoGP™ teams from 2013

Wed, 26 Sept 2012 -Magneti Marelli will give all competitors in the MotoGP™ premier-class the option to utilise the Italian company’s Electronic Control System on their racing machines from 2013. This landmark four-year agreement will give all teams access to Magneti Marelli’s electronic control system, which includes an engine and chassis control unit with inboard datalogger, as well as the relevant tuning and data analysis tools, dashboard, handlebar toggle switch and inertial platform.

This system, representing the highest technological option in Magneti Marelli’s portfolio, will be backed up by a permanent presence of its technicians on track, as well as continual development and evolution at its MotoGP-specific R&D centre as its Bologna headquarters, which will be set up specifically in light of this agreement.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO, is thrilled with this latest cooperation: “I cannot hide the fact that I am very happy with this new cooperation with Magneti Marelli. The agreement reached we have reached with the Italian company merely validates MotoGP as a competition that incorporates and encourages the latest and most innovative technology. The experience of this company, which has spent many years at the highest level of competition in motor sport, represents a major step in the premier-class of two-wheel racing.”

Roberto Dalla, Magneti Marelli Motorsport Managing Director, added: “We are very glad to share our know-how and experience in the motorsport field with MotoGP, in order to jointly achieve new objectives in terms of performance and technology development. The main aim is to provide top technology at affordable costs, which is Magneti Marelli’s mission firstly in racing and also in the field of series production. Magneti Marelli has been developing solutions in the electronics and electro-mechanics area for MotoGP teams for the last decade: this new initiative with Dorna represents a further strategic opportunity to enhance the development of our technology.”

Editor's Note" There was no inference to it in this press release, but Dorna has been wanting all the MotogGP Factory and CRT Teams to run the same ECU unit so Dorna can control all bikes power and RPM limits in the future, as a way of making the lower cost production engine based CRT bikes on equal performance to the factroy machines, and return to more exciting racing in the MotoGP class were the entires are down because of the economy, and the CRT bikes are consistantly 2-3 seconds a lap slower than the factory bikes, keeping the racing fairly unexciting.

Dorna needs to see how all the MotoGP temas fare with the Magneti Marelli ECU before the mandate tat all the teams must use them, and then start mandating power output so all the bikes are equal and can race together. Honda has already statd it will withdraw from MotoGP racing and return to World Superbike if the ECU units are regulated. Pit Lane News