Saturday, April 09, 2011

MotoGP riders get Poker-faced in Jerez
With them ladies around, keeping a Poker face would've been tough...!

What do MotoGP riders do when they're not riding 230bhp, 330km/h racing bikes? Er... they play Poker. Or at least they do when Bwin set up a table for them, as they did at Jerez this year. Then, everyone from Loris Capirossi, Randy de Puniet and Hector Barbera to Alex Crivillé, Angel Nieto and Randy Mamola sit down to play. High stakes? Yeah, well, there was a special Ducati Monster 696 to be won... :-)

More pics and videos on the Bwin website here

Valentino Rossi tests the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 at Jerez

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MotoGP goes back to 1000cc engines next year, and Ducati have started work on their 2012 MotoGP bike, with development inputs from The Doctor...

Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi rode the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 for the first time yesterday, in Spain, on the Andalusian circuit in Jerez de la Frontera. ‘I’m happy. I like the GP12. In my opinion, it’s more enjoyable, more fun to ride. It was the first time we had it on the track, so we had some work to do, but the engine is nicer. It’s a lot of fun, and you can do some nice slides. It’s the bike we’ll ride next year, so it was very important, and also very nice, to be among the first to take it on the track,’ said Rossi, who put in 50 laps on the GP12.

‘Our factory riders’ feedback is essential for starting us on the right path for the early development. To be able to work with Vale for a full day is more than any technician could ask. We gathered considerable feedback that we’ll translate into further design and development for next year’s bike. The positive thing is that the technical choices made for the GP12 in the initial planning phase, in 2010 – and I’m referring primarily to the engine, which is still a big-bang, and to the rear end – were endorsed by Valentino,’ said Filippo Preziosi. ‘This gives us great satisfaction, and we’re optimistic about the work that still remains to be done. We know that our competitors are also working hard and developing their 2012 MotoGP bikes, but that just makes the challenge better,’ he added.

Friday, April 08, 2011

2012 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo launched

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The new Ducati Monster 1100 Evo - a bit more of everything...

Ducati have launched the newest, baddest ogre in the family – the 2012 Monster 1100 Evo, which is fitted with a 100bhp, 103Nm version of Ducati’s 1100cc air-cooled ‘Desmodue Evoluzione’ V-twin. New bits include a lighter, less restrictive exhaust system, 43mm Marzocchi front fork (fully adjustable), rising-rate Sachs monoshock and revised styling for the tail section. Ducati also claim that the 1100 Evo benefits from improved ergonomics and that the new ABS brakes and four-level traction control system (DTC) make the bike safer than ever before.

With a dry weight of 169 kilos and its 100-horsepower, two-valves-per-cylinder V-twin engine, the Monster 1100 Evo may not be hardest-edged streetfighter in the world, but it’s definitely a very good-looking, high-tech piece of kit that scores extra points for style. The Brembo-Bosch ABS system is one of the best in the world and four-level traction control provides an extra margin of safety for most riders.

Pricing and availability details for the 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo coming soon.