Inside Ducati’s 1299 Panigale
There aren’t many sane folk who wouldn’t want a Ducati Panigale for Christmas. I’m not talking about the 899: I’m talking the full fat, bar-slapping suicide mission that is the 1199. If you haven’t ridden one, excitable brown trouser moments during a session on a Panigale aren’t unusual, and it’s a... Read more
Riding Jack Miller’s Factory Moto3 KTM
Today is not a normal day. Yesterday was not a normal day either after engaging in carry-on combat with Benidorm-bound tourists on an averagely mediocre flight from London Gatwick. Needless to say I persevered in my avoidance of the Spanish strain of Ebola, and my trusty EasyJet flying machine navigated... Read more
Carl Cox: on the ones and two wheels…
From raving to his music, to racing in part of his team in the British Superbike paddock, I still have to pinch myself when donning the Carl Cox Motorsport clothing at the weekend – they don’t come much bigger than Carl Cox. The global megastar DJ has been the... Read more
Keith Flint: Full-Factory Firestarter
Glastonbury festival, sometime before the new millennium: a hazy, murky, teenage period raving it up in the Somerset countryside to Prodigy. Little did I know I’d be chatting to the frontman, Keith Flint, in the British Superbike paddock as a team boss, let alone just chatting to the legend. ... Read more
Ducati Desmosedici – Ride-by-Wire Fix
There’s not much that betters the soundtrack of a Desmosedici. Ducati’s road-legal version of its GP racer was launched in 2007 and the entire limited batch of 1500 sold out quicker than Baron’s Jizz Machine stickers. While the GP derivations can’t be denied, Desmo owners didn’t get the full... Read more
Baron 24hr Challenge: 14 Countries in 24 Hours
0 miles It’s 6am. Out of the window the morning sun is hidden by dense fog, which is not a welcome sight. We make our way out of the most bizarre hotel rooms in Eastern Europe and down to see the bikes – all packed, set up, cameras and... Read more
Hire Car Heroes: James Haydon
Ex-racer turned TV pundit, James Haydon kicks off with the first of some excruciatingly funny hire car anecdotes… “We were in southern Spain at a pre-season test with Red Bull Ducati. Ben Atkins (team manager) didn’t like hire cars being damaged, and I’d had a few warnings not to... Read more