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Welcome back Troy!

Welcome back Troy! 

Bayliss To Fill In For The Injured Davide Giugliano

In a stunning turn of events that began with the unfortunate (expected) 90 day recovery period of Davide Giugliano who was injured at the Phillip Island SBK test on Monday, Troy Bayliss has been called on to fill in and start the season on the Aruba.it – Ducati Superbike Team 
He hasn’t ridden the Panigale since May of 2014 but it’s Phillip Island and it’s Troy so it’s crazy but it makes perfect sense and as a long time Ducati Ambassador the legions of Ducati fans that will be rooting for this is immeasurable.  His desire to continue racing is well known so when it looked like there was a chance that the seat was open Troy offered and the team said yes.  
Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #21)
“I want to start by saying that I really feel for Davide and that it’s a real shame for his season to be starting in this way. The desire to be able to return to the track and see the home crowd and the Ducatisti has always been strong, ever since I last raced and then also Phillip Island, one of my favourite tracks, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of World Superbikes. This gave me the idea to compete as a wildcard and work with the Ducati Superbike technicians once again. I know it’s going to be a very difficult weekend, also because it’s a while since I’ve ridden the Superbike but I do know the track well and so hope to get back into it after a few laps. I’ll try to enjoy myself and will of course be doing my best to score a good result and put on a good show for the public.”
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team #34)
“My aim now is to do all I can to recover as quickly as possible. I will return to Italy as soon as possible to start my rehabilitation. I’m proud to know that it will be Troy to substitute for me this weekend. He’s a great champion and I’ve always admired him. I hope he gets on well with the set-up that my team and I have worked on in recent months.”

 

 

 
Could this be  the view Rossi will see in 2015?

Could this be the view Rossi will see in 2015?

 

it was good when they were slow. But now I do not see why they continue to benefit from this regulation” – Valentino Rossi

It’s all smiles and press releases until the other racers start complaining.  That is the first sign the job is getting done and now, at least according to GP-Inside.com, that time has arrived.  Valentino Rossi,  fresh off the Malaysia test with hopes of a hard fought title in his future has become vocal about the benefits that Ducati will continue to receive as an open class entry.  The gist of his complaint is that as long as the team was slow it made sense, but now that it’s increasingly looking like they can score precious points the Yamaha’s need to contest for the championship it’s time to start venting about it.  For the whole article (in Italian) go HERE.

Exactly how much he has to worry about should become much clearer once the teams get to the second Sepang test later this month.

 

Ducati Fans Can Jump For Joy, Ducati Island Is Back At COTA

Ducati Fans Can Jump For Joy, Ducati Island Is Back At COTA

  • Ticket package includes special benefits and perks for Ducati enthusiasts 


Ducati fans hoping for a return to the fun of the 2014 Ducati Island got their wish today. There really is something about the city of Austin that makes the MotoGP there special and Ducati Island, for Ducati fans, is truly the icing on the cake.  

Never been to a Ducati Island?  It starts with a special grandstand ticket that includes a goody bag and a dedicated viewing area in turn 12 for Ducati fans to join as a community and cheer on the record SIX Ducati riders that will be on track in 2015.  If you are lucky enough to be able to ride to the race on your Ducati that’s when the full experience comes into place – special Ducati parking right in the middle of COTA’s central Grand Plaza and some parade laps on the track as well are included in the package. Throw in a Ducati dedicated gear check, a Ducati owner hospitality area, and 5 Ducati fashion shows featuring dancing and acrobatics that would make Milan Fashion Week jealous. COT_7949There’s a Ducati store as well so bring money and get shopping early because the styles and selections, as vast as they might be go fast. Typically the Island experience includes vendors, a Make-A-Wish auction supported by the Ducati teams so there might be a shot at something rarely seen for the wall back home and finally, all the receipts from the store go into a drawing on Sunday.  The winner of that gets the ticket that can’t be bought – two garage passes and two spots right inside the Ducati team garage box to watch the race with the team from. (I swear, it’s true). 

Never been to COTA?  Well you are in for a treat.  It’s a state of the art facility, with great viewing, a live concert (this year Cheap Trick is playing) lots of places to relax, grab a bite or a beverage and there is even a huge tower you can go up and take photos of the whole track. It’s quite the place.COT_8079

Never been to Austin? This my friends is a truly first rate party town. Stay downtown if possible and enjoy the food, music, pedicabs and the Friday and Saturday “Hand Built Show” a first rate custom bike show organized by Revival Cycles.  Take a trip over to Ducati Austin, pick up one of the numerous great t-shirts they specialize in and if you time it right you might even run into a Ducati Corse rider or two.

Want to block the date and get more info? COTA Red Bull MotoGP is in Austin, Texas Apr. 10-12. The Ducati Ticket Package is available for purchase at http://www.ducatiusa.com, while additional ticketing and experience information is available at http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/motogp.

For last years whole 2014 weekend experience go to www.DucatiPhotos.com  and check it out, from the dealer party to the checkered flag!

 

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Today we look at the Olloclip 4-IN-1 Lens system…

For the last year or so I have been sporting an iPhone 5s and while it’s not my main photo tool, (that’s still my Nikon DSLR) I’m no different than everybody else, I often rely on my phone to get the shot because it’s “the camera I have on me”. Because I shoot lots of photos of motorcycles in crowded places I felt I needed something wider angle than the standard iPhone, which does a great job as long as you can get a clean 5 foot field between you and the bike. At a busy race or show that’s sometimes tough to do. I’d already been thru a ton of magnetic lens options, which return good, wide angle photos, but tend to fall off easily.  So for the closer in shooting, and, to make my photos stand out from the crowd, I researched the remaining options and found a pretty clever flip top Olloclip case and matching 4-IN- 1 lens.

But the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are an all new design.  Would the new design Olloclip 4-IN-1 Lens work as well?

First impression on unboxing was the immediate thought of how much beefier the new design was. And how well it matched the phone. Olloclip offers 5 color choices and I had opted for the white with gold lens, which was a spot on perfect fit and color match for my phone. (Olloclip systems are sold in Apple stores) The clip on process is super simple and included is an insert that adapts the clip to accommodate my 6 Plus. A quick inspection of the lens and it’s clear the Olloclip is much higher quality glass than any of the magnetic alternatives, this is a real optical lens.

Right now it’s not designed to be used with a case, scary for me because I am the type of person that lives in fear of dropping my phone. But Olloclip tells me there is one coming in March, 2015.  On the other hand the new lens design is very secure, and it’s nice to not have to worry the lens might unclip. Also nice is the lens comes with a lanyard and a trio of multi colored clips the lens can be stored in when it’s off the phone. This might not be needed for everyday but it’s perfect for vacations or anytime you might want to get to the lens quickly. Another much appreciated feature is it works on both the front and rear camera so it’s great for selfies with a big view of the scene behind you or pics of multiple people that might not fit with just the standard iPhone camera.

I decided the local upcoming motorcycle show would be perfect for a tryout so I headed down to Miami for IMS to see how it did in the real world.

Lets start with an idea how much the lens affects your image. I am only using the wide angle, and fish eye because the 2 macros (10x and 15x) are to magnify very close, small, things.

Original image, iPhone 6 Plus

Original image, iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 Plus with wide angle Olloclip

iPhone 6 Plus with wide angle Olloclip

iPhone 6 Plus with Fish Eye Olloclip lens

iPhone 6 Plus with Fish Eye Olloclip lens

I am standing in the same place for all three photos, roughly 6 feet from the bike. With just the Olloclip, you can cut that down to about half and still get the whole bike from the side. But where this lens really shines is for Instagram which requires square photos. It’s great for close up angles and you can still stay almost as close, and get the whole motorcycle.  If you want to see more photos from the Miami IMS show the whole iPhone gallery is HERE

Pros:

  • Really expands your iphone’s camera capabilities
  • Easy to use
  • Great fit and finish, perfectly matches
  • Stays on the phone securely
  • Good quality lens glass

Cons:

  • Needs a case option
  • Lens blocks the flash (which generally isn’t useful for this type of photography)

I think anyone seriously trying to stand out on Instagram or wherever you share photos, especially if you like to photograph motorcycles, should consider some sort of upgrade lens.  The $79.99 Olloclip is a superb option.

To see some sample shots on the Olloclip.com site go HERE