In a slightly bizzare manner, Nicky Hayden is responsible for the latest bit of news and photo leak from the MotoGP paddock. Making a stop in Bologna to celebrate the holidays with the Ducati Corse crew, in route to India to help open a Ducati store, Hayden got a chance to see the new Ducati GP10 race bike up-close. Armed with a cell phone, and a little indiscretion, the American rider snapped a photo of the new bike, posted the photo to his personal website, and there you have it.
Ducati North America has announced that the Hypermotard 796 will be in dealerships before the New Year, and some dealerships will have the new motard as early as this weekend (that’s tomorrow, or today if you work in the A&R office!).
If you’re having a hard time finding the right gift for that special motorcyclist in your life, this might be the chance to get them what they really want this year. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a $9,995 lightweight red Ducati Hypermotard 796 with a bow on it. Press release after the jump.
The final round of the AMA Pro SunTrust MotoGT championship ends with a formidable 8-hour endurance race at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, and the Touring Sport Ducshop Ducati hopes to be an equally formidable force with three bikes, nine riders and a championship crown within their grasp.
The two-time national champions head to Daytona with a 14-point championship advantage with their #77 Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE and need only finish on the podium to claim their third consecutive crown. They will also run the team’s #38 PS1000LE as well as an 848 in the premier GT1 race.
Pete Friedland, Corey Rech and Brad Phillips will team up for the #77 bike whilst Brian Stokes, Dario Marchetti and Franks Shockley will run the #38 bike. In the premier GT1 class Ryan Elleby, Matt Lynn and Hawk Mazzotta will pilot the Ducati 848.
Rumors have persisted for years that Valentino Rossi will eventually end up on a Ducati in MotoGP putting the ultimate Italian champion on the quintessential Italian race bike. Now the Italian press is reporting that Rossi and Jeremy Burgess have been spotted entering the Ducati factory for secret talks.
ducatinewstoday has already laid out the argument for why Rossi will ultimately end up at Ducati. The short story is that he has a shot at ending his career by succeeding his hero Giacomo Agostini as numerically the best racer of all time.
Ducati and FreedomRoad Financial are announcing a “last call” for the FORZA DUCATI financing program, which concludes at the end of October. Running July 10 through October 31, the FORZA DUCATI program is significant in that it incorporates the entire Ducati lineup. This means all models and all years are eligible for 6.75% financing at terms up to 48 months, providing they are brand new and being registered for the first time.
In addition to a low finance rate on the model of the customer’s choice, Ducati is offering two exciting programs as an additional benefit to those purchasing a new motorcycle. During the program period new Ducati owners may choose between generous trade-in allowances, or a year of “Full Factory Support” on select models.
MCN has posted some new spy photos of the 2010 Ducati Strada Aperta, the adventure tourer bike that will effectively replace the Multistrada and the older ST range in one swoop, undergoing off-road testing.
Cagiva owned Ducati for a time so that is my excuse for including the pretty Italian V4, 500cc 2-stroke Grand Prix racer. The bike was never extremely successful although it did win 3 GP’s with Eddie Lawson and John Kocinski at the controls.
Finally it has happened, photos of the Ducati Strada Aperta have been leaked, and they show the bike’s true form. With the bevy of camofloged photos that we’ve seen already, there aren’t too many surprises here, but we do get to see a clear view of the “beak” of the new adventure-tourer, as well as the front fairings. Photos after the jump.
Similar to the Hypermotard, which seems to share a lot of inspiration with the Stradaperta, the front mudguard has an integrated ram-air intake. Interestingly enough from these photos, we see no mirrors. Gone are the gaudy add-on mirrors we’ve seen before, but also absent are the bar-end mirrors we expected to see in the final version. This leaves us wondering what Ducati has up their sleeve for the BMW GS killer.
5 months after a horrific crash during practice for the Kyalami, South Africa round of the World Superbike Championship, Régis Laconi was back on a Ducati once again for a couple of demonstration laps at last weekend’s Magny Cours round in France.
The DFX Ducati 1098R Superbike completed 3 laps of the circuit and received a standing ovation from his home crowd. He expressed his thanks to the team and those who went through the terrible experience with him in South Africa. At one point it was thought he might retire from road racing but Laconi may be allowed to return to the race track in time for the Portimao official tests on October 27th and 28th.
Ducati is recalling 753 Streetfighters, 1098R’s, and 1198S’s Superbikes because of a potential fuel hose clamp issue. The recall affects only 2010 Streetfighters and 2009 Superbikes, and if left unresolved could result in the bike stalling from the lack of fuel, and potentially starting a fire.
Unless that’s your sort of thing, we suggest taking your bike down to your local Ducati dealership. Dealers will inspect, and if required replace and reposition the fuel hose retaining clamp free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during October 2009. Owners may contact Ducati at 800-231-6696.
As always, you can call the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236, and reference campaign #09V381000.