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Ducati Racer Paul Smart Dies

Ducati Racer Paul Smart Dies

The man who gave Ducati its first major win killed in motorcycle accident

Paul Smart, famous for winning the Imola 200 for Ducati - the company’s first major win for its new v-twin engine - has died after a road crash.

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Tom Cruise's 'Knight and Day' Ducati spied

Tom Cruise’s ’Knight and Day’ Ducati spied

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are both stars in the new "Knight and Day" movie, released on June 23rd. But next to them there is another star: a Ducati Hypermotard, that is in fact an Aprilia SXV550 in disguise. Wait, what?

Aprilia is being used as a stunt bike, while Ducatti is used for low-speed rides. And how the Hypermotard is just to heavy and too fragile to pull off the stunts, the team opted to an Aprilia. So why hiding an Aprilia under a Ducatti skin? Maybe because Cruise really wanted to drive a Ducatti in the movie, who knows!

Knight and Day trailer after the jump.

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 Does Tom Cruise make the Ducati Desmosedici look better?

Does Tom Cruise make the Ducati Desmosedici look better?

When he’s not filming for the movie Knight and Day or flirting with Cameron Diaz on a Ducati Hypermotard during breaks on the set, Tom Cruise seems to enjoy riding his very own Ducati Desmosedici and make the front page of both tabloids and motorcycle magazines.

Being only 5’ 7” inch tall, the actor and first US owner of a Ducati Desmosedici seems to manage with the big Italian supersport motorcycle very well and still look cool along the way.

Looking at these pictures, we just have to ask: does Tom Cruise make the Ducati Desmosedici look better or is it the other way around?

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Nicky Hayden – the face fronting US Military safety campaign

Nicky Hayden – the face fronting US Military safety campaign

2006 MotoGP World Champion and Ducati’s latest recruit, Nicky Hayden has taken the time during the winter brake to help the Motorcycle Industry Council in the US promote safe riding among the nation’s armed forces.

The American pilot went to the Los Alamitos air base in Southern California to be part of a photo shoot to promote the safety campaign. The pictures (see the photo gallery) and video taken there will be used in all US armed forces bases in the US and across the globe as part of the safety campaign.

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The new Desmosedici RR completes Jay Leno’s motorcycle collection

You’ve seen it racing on the track between 2003 and 2006 and now the time has come for it to be seen on the streets. No, it’s not Jay (although he’s riding), it’s the new Ducati Desmosedici RR that he just bought and has the pleasure of presenting to us today.

Take the short time and go through Jay’s brief history on Ducati bikes and then enjoy CEO’s Michael Lock presentation and the full test run I was talking about earlier. What a great bike! It really does miracles in the right hands of this “58 year old guy”.

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Bono's bike to be auctioned at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show

Bono’s bike to be auctioned at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show

The award winning UK charity, Riders for Health is offering people the chance to own a motorcycle owned by the U2 lead singer and activist, Bono, in an auction to support their lifesaving work in Africa. This once in a lifetime opportunity is set to take place at the International Motorcycle and Scooter Show at the Birmingham NEC which runs from 23rd November – 2nd December.
The red Ducati 916 has a truly star-studded history having belonged to the late INXS front-man Michael Hutchence, and (...)

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Top Gear star Richard Hammond finally gets his dream Ducati 1098

Top Gear star Richard Hammond finally gets his dream Ducati 1098

Top Gear star Richard Hammond finally gets his dream Ducati 1098.
Richard `the Hamster’ Hammond is well known as the bike-lover of the BBC Top Gear team and has enthused about the 1098 ever since he first laid eyes on the stunning new Ducati Superbike.
The Ducati 1098 was launched at the end of 2006 and immediately attracted Hammond’s attention as the bike wooed both press and public alike.
Even Hammond had to wait 6 months for the bike to find it’s way to him due to the unprecedented (...)

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Daniel Day-Lewis lived the MotoGP experience

Daniel Day-Lewis lived the MotoGP experience

Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis got to experience the full force of MotoGP at Estoril sunday afternoon, riding two high-speed laps of the Portuguese circuit aboard the Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici two-seater behind multiple GP winner Randy Mamola.
Day-Lewis, a long-time motorcycling fan, enjoyed the ride hugely, especially because it gave him the ultimate insight into a sport he loves.
"That was radical, I beat my own personal heartbeat record and I think I’ll be talking (...)

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