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MAVTV, DirecTV ch. #214 has been airing a lot of Motorcycle racing, including AUS Superbike and chan FS1 219 has been showing the John Ulrich's Superbike Showdown. Gonna try for BSB this weekend.
 

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Hang in their Gents, O'ye of little faith,.... our time will come!!






Ciabatti: "Big improvement for GP14 in second part of season"





Ciabatti Halfway Ducati 2014

2014 - MotoGP - Half Season Interview - Paolo Ciabatti


Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Following numerous ups and downs for the Ducati Team in the first half of the 2014 season, motogp.com caught up with the Italian manufacturer’s MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti to gauge his opinion on the year so far.



He commented: “It has been quite a good season in terms of results because we’ve had two podium finishes. Dovi was third in Austin and second a couple of weeks ago in Assen. So scoring some good results and is actually standing fourth in the championship, which is good.

“On the other side, Cal had a lot of bad luck with technical problems, with the crash. And also his feeling with the bike is not so good at the moment, so we are trying to help him to understand better the bike and show his potential, because we think Cal is a great rider, but so far he hasn’t really been able to show that he can ride fast a Ducati.”

Much talk had been about the improvements on the notoriously tough-to-handle Desmosedici since the arrival of technical guru Luigi Dall’Igna.

“Gigi joined the company last year in Valencia, so at the beginning of November. So obviously the GP14 was basically already designed as a bike. But Gigi brought some ideas, we made a lot of changes, some changes we can no really see on the bike…but also working on software, and other features of the bike. The bike has improved.

“Obviously we still have this under-steering problem, and probably to solve that we need to work a little bit harder in terms of engine design and position of engine in the frame. It’s not up to me to say exactly what we should do. We’re both working on the new bike, the GP15 for next year, but we will bring also a big improvement on the GP14 in the second part of the season.”

With regards to his expectations for the second half of the year, Ciabatti concluded: “On some tracks I think we can be quite competitive, also in dry conditions. Obviously we will not be so sad if it’s raining on a Sunday, because our bike has proven to be quite competitive in rainy conditions. And as far as Cal is concerned obviously we want to help him get the confidence on the bike because we know once he can get the confidence he will push hard and will be close to the other riders.”
 

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Looking forward,...

Friday, 1 August 2014 08:37
The Italian rider aims for a strong last part of the season.

It has been so far an up and down year for Davide Giugliano and the Ducati Superbike Team. The Italian rider has shown great speed at times, even though he has not been able to turn the potential into results on a consistent basis in the first two thirds of the season. The former STK1000 champion has been on the podium twice (Assen and Portimao) and one time on Pole Position (Donington Park) but he feels he could have delivered some more top-3 finishes.

“This first part of the season has been just OK, to be honest my situation is a bit strange. We were very quick but at the same time we made a lot of mistakes, I mean I’ve made. I am constantly over the limit and this is not a good thing, I think we need to improve on this side and try to transform our potential into results a bit more.”

Despite the season being near the end, Giugliano reckons there is still time to turn things around: “I hope to do well in the remaining rounds. We don’t need to overdo things, just do what we have to. We need to cross the finish line much more; this is the most important thing for us now. The speed has always been there, I have often been in the top-3 in practice, but I must find some consistency.”

The 24 year old from Rome praises the work done by Ducati on the 1199 Panigale: “The bike has changed a lot, we did a great development work also thanks to our test rider Matteo Baiocco. Me and Chaz have also put something in it that surely helped out.”
 

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If you think those racers are nuts, check out the Austrailian Superbike Series, on DirectTV Mav channel. They put, the r in "if you ain't rubbin,you ain't racin"!!! Love it.
 
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