Ducati
Apr 15

MotoGP: Dovizioso defends Ducati’s decision

Andrea Dovizioso defends Ducati's decision to go to open bikes, scoring the team's first podium finish since 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Andrea Dovizioso defends Ducati’s decision to go to open bikes, scoring the team’s first podium finish since 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

On Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas, Andrea Dovizioso overcame the effects of the flu and a fourth-row starting position to battle his way to Ducati’s first MotoGP podium position since Valentino Rossi finished as runner-up at Misano in 2012.

Dovizioso’s heroic effort continued the general feeling that Ducati’s fortunes in motorcycling’s premier category are finally on the rise following several embarrassing seasons that tainted multiple legacies and resulted in a complete overhaul of the program.

Mar 2

MotoGP: Ducati Confirms 2014 ‘Open’ Class Participation

Ducati has switched to the 'Open' class for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati has switched to the ‘Open’ class for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso will compete in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship on ‘Open’ class configured Desmosedici machines.

Ducati believe the ‘Open’ option gives them more freedom for evolution during 2014 and state that they will keep developing their bikes during the championship to improve competitiveness.

Feb 11

MotoGP: Ducati Still Pondering Switch To ‘Open’ Spec Bikes

Ducati Team's Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso steers his bike during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ducati Team’s Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso steers his bike during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

One of the significant topics of discussion during MotoGP testing last week was whether or not Ducati will be switching all of its premier class bikes to Open specification for the upcoming 2014 campaign.

The label ‘Open’ is new this year and is given to those bikes running the spec ECU software (as provided by Dorna Sports and Magneti Marelli) as well as the ECU hardware, which from this season onwards is compulsory for all bikes in the field.

Feb 7

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden Says ‘Lack Of Power Is Demoralizing’

Nicky Hayden of USA and Drive M7 Aspar rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden of USA and Drive M7 Aspar rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden was somewhat outspoken following the third and final day of this week’s Sepang test, having finished proceedings in 13th position.

For 2014, the 2006 World Champion switches from Ducati Team to Drive M7 Aspar, riding the all-new Honda RCV1000R motorcycle. However, the American admitted to feeling rather dissatisfied on Thursday.

Nov 3

MotoGP: Hayden Opens Up In Candid Interview

Nicky Hayden will move from Ducati to Aspar next season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden will move from Ducati to Aspar next season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden admits that he is not happy with the results he has had during his stint with Ducati, and is ready for a fresh start with Power Electronics Aspar next season.

Since his move to Ducati in 2009, the American has only scored three podium finishes and has failed to finish better than seventh in the championship standings.

“If I’m completely honest, I look back and don’t say it with regrets, but I can’t really be happy about the five years,” Hayden said in a sit-down interview with Gavin Emmett. “Results wise, it just wasn’t enough. That’s bitter. There will definitely be a little bitter taste in my mouth that we couldn’t accomplish more, especially in the last year or two.”