Ducati prepares for celebrations: Imola 200 Revival
DG sport, the organizer of the Imola revival event has decided to cheer up its fans by introducing a 4 hour race complete with a classic bike edition. This will be an event for motorcycles built before 1980 and will feature a a Le Mans style start on the Italian track interjected by pit stops and rider changes to make it more interesting for viewers. Not only will the race be relived in an authentic nature, but it will also honor Paul Smart’s 1972 win.
Ducati motorcycles from the Borgo Panigale factory in Bologna have registered an impressive 300 victories on race tracks all over the world. These bikes have dominated the world superbike championships for the past 25 years and have won 17 manufacturer world titles and 14 bike riders’ world titles.
World Ducati week in June 2012 saw a number of avid Ducatisti gathering for an exhibition of the ten most popular racing models from Ducati. The event saw an attendance of about 65,000 people as also legendary rider Paul Smart. Events of the Imola revival include a Ducati hall of fame parade which will see Paul Smart riding his very own 750 Imola Desmo along with other riders. This event will evoke racing passion from the 70’s and 80’s and will feature models like the 900 NCR, 600 TT2 and 750 TT1.
Successful collaboration between Ducati and DG sport was brought to the forefront as Cristian Jupsin, Manager of DG Sport and event organizer, announced that those Ducati owners’ club members who buy a weekend ticket will be provided a second ticket free of charge.
For more information, please read the press release below.
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Ducati to celebrate 40th anniversary of legendary victory at Imola 200 Revival – Borgo Panigale (Bologna)
Organisers of the third edition of the Imola 200 Revival event have held a press conference at the Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy, announcing this year’s exciting event at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit of Imola, 21-23 September. The famous race event of the 70s will not only be relived in an authentic gathering of motorcycling history, but also represent the 40th anniversary of Paul Smart’s legendary 1972 victory aboard the Ducati 750 Imola Desmo.
The 1972 victory for Englishman, Paul Smart, and second place for Italian teammate, Bruno Spaggiari, has long represented a milestone in the Italian manufacturer’s rich racing history, as it started 40 years of L-twin, Desmodromic success with its production-based motorcycles.
Ducatis from the Borgo Panigale factory in Bologna have since dominated the World Superbike Championship for over 25 years, winning 17 Manufacturers’ World titles and 14 Riders’ World titles, with riders such as Raymond Roche, Doug Polen, Carl Fogarty, Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss, Neil Hodgson, James Toseland, and Carlos Checa racing to a total of more than 300 victories on racetracks around the world.
Celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the victory that started this incredible success began during the World Ducati Week 2012 in June, when 65,000 passionate Ducatisti from all over the world saw Paul Smart himself attend an exhibition of the ten most significant models in Ducati’s production-based racing history. The exhibition then moved to the Belgian circuit of Spa Francorchamps which hosted the prestigious Bikers’ Classic events and is now set to be on show at the Imola 200 Revival, 21-23 September.
During the planned three days of racing in Imola, Smart will be joined by many other famous names when he rides his 750 Imola Desmo in the Ducati Hall of Fame Parade scheduled at 15:00, Sunday, 23 September. All Ducati motorcycles entered for the Imola 200, in addition to Ducati owners and Ducati Owner’s Club members of the public, will also be allowed take part in the parade.
The Imola 200 Revival event also includes a 4-hour endurance race for heritage motorcycles, with multiple riders sharing the honour of racing each of these valuable and historic machines. The incredible event will relive the unique and emotional atmosphere, evoking the memories and passion of racing during the ‘70s and ‘80s, when Ducati raced in the endurance series with models like the 900 NCR, 600 TT2 and 750 TT1.
The location chosen for the Press Conference to present this year’s Imola 200 Revival could not have been anywhere other than Ducati’s Borgo Panigale factory in Bologna. Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, welcomed everyone and underlined the relevance of this special anniversary year and the importance it represents to a company like Ducati.
Ducati Marketing Director, Diego Sgorbati, then spoke about the heritage of the company and how it is proudly presented in the Ducati Museum, further underlining the fact that the modern day, advanced Ducatis are built with exactly the same DNA and continue the company’s legacy of iconic motorcycles. He confirmed the support and promotion of the Imola 200 Revival event and the fact that it reaffirms Ducati’s commitment to its heritage.
During the conference, Pietro Benvenuti, CEO of the Imola Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit, recognised the significant role that the circuit had played in many years of international racing and how this celebratory event confirms its direct association with the growth and evolution of motorcycling.
Cristian Jupsin, Manager of DG Sport and event organiser acknowledged the successful collaboration between Ducati and DG Sport by announcing that all members of the official Ducati Owner’s Clubs who order a weekend ticket for the event will be given a second ticket free of charge. Bookings can be made directly online: en.200miglia.com/node/50
Ducati racing history
Founded by brothers Adriano, Bruno and Marcello Cavalieri Ducati in July 1926, Ducati first made its name producing radio transmitters. By the start of World War II, the company employed 7,000 employees and had expanded its range of products to include electric razors, intercoms, calculating machines, cameras and movie cameras. In 1946, as Italy re-mobilised itself after the war, Ducati started the manufacture of its first engine – the “Cucciolo” (Italian for “puppy”) a four-stroke engine, designed to power bicycles.
1950: 50cc Cucciolo establishes 12 speed records.
1951: 100cc Cucciolo establishes 24-hour speed and endurance records.
1954: Renowned engineer, Fabio Taglioni, joins Ducati.
1956: Taglioni-designed Desmodromic 125 single wins non-championship Swedish GP with Gianni Degli Antoni. With the same bike, Alessandro Artusi scores Ducati’s first World Championship points with fifth place at the Nations GP at Monza, putting him sixteenth in the World Championship.
1958: Ducati’s first GP victory (125cc). Alberto Gandossi wins the 125 Belgium GP at Spa-Francorhamps on 6 July 1958. Gandossi and Bruno Spaggiari win two further GPs to take second place in the 125 Riders’ and Contructors’ World Championships.
1960: Mike Hailwood© scores Ducati’s first 250cc World Championship points, riding a 250 Desmo parallel twin.
1965: Taglioni designs non-Desmo parallel four-cylinder 125, but the motorcycle is never raced.
1971: Ducati’s first premier-class 500cc GP racer and L-twin takes to the track. Englishman, Phil Read scores its first World Championship points at Monza.
1972: Ducati scores one of its most famous early successes when Paul Smart rides a GT750 Desmo L-twin to victory in the Imola 200.
1973: The Ducati 860 Desmo L-twin wins the Barcelona 24 Hours with riders Benjamin Grau and Salvador Canellas.
1978: Former World Champion Mike Hailwood wins fairy-tale Isle of Man TT comeback aboard a 900 SS F1 special, securing Ducati’s first World Championship crown. In the United States, future World Champion Freddie Spencer rides a 900 SS to third in the Daytona 200.
1981: Ducati scores the first of four successive Formula 2 World Championships, with Tony Rutter riding a 600cc Pantah TT2.
1987: Former 500 World Champion, Marco Lucchinelli, scores the first success of Ducati’s new era, riding the all-new eight-valve L-twin 851 to victory in the Daytona Battle of the Twins. This motorcycle, with Massimo Bordi-designed engine, is the forerunner of the legendary 916.
1988: Lucchinelli wins the first race of the inaugural World Superbike Championship aboard the 851 at Donington Park, finishing the season fifth overall.
1990: Raymond Roche takes Ducati’s first World Superbike crown aboard the 134 horsepower Ducati 888. American Doug Polen continues the factory’s domination of the series with victory in the ’91 and ’92 championships. The following year in the US, Polen scores Ducati’s first AMA Superbike title success.
1994: Ducati releases the 916, winning the World Superbike title with Carl Fogarty in its first year. The English rider repeats the achievement the following year, with Troy Corser securing three-in-a-row for Ducati in 1996.
1998: Fogarty takes his third World Superbike title aboard the 996 and backs it up with a fourth crown in 1999, the year in which all factory racing activities are incorporated into Ducati Corse.
2001: Australian, Troy Bayliss, secures the marque’s ninth World Superbike Riders’ crown with the 996 Testastretta. In May, Ducati announces its decision to participate in the new MotoGP World Championship.
2002: Bayliss leads the World Superbike Championship, finishing the year a close second before testing the Desmosedici MotoGP machine alongside new team-mate, Loris Capirossi. The L-4 powered machine makes its public debut in November’s season-finale in Valencia event, and breaks its first lap record the following month at Jerez, Spain.
2003: Capirossi and Bayliss have a sensational debut season with the Desmosedici, the Italian finishing on the podium in the machine’s first race and taking its debut victory at the Catalan GP. Ducati takes second in the Constructors’ championship, while Loris and Troy finish fourth and sixth in the Riders’ series. Hodgson dominates World Superbike with the all-new 999 to take the Riders’ title and, together with Xaus, clinch Ducati’s twelth Manufacturers’ crown.
2004: At 24, James Toseland becomes the youngest ever World Superbike champion as he powers the 999 to its second successive title. Team-mate Régis Laconi finishes runner-up to ensure Ducati’s thirteenth Manufacturers’ title. Youngster Lorenzo Lanzi campaigns a 749 in Ducati’s return to World Supersport, finishing a creditable fifth overall. Capirossi and Bayliss complete a difficult MotoGP season on a high note by taking podium finishes, thus demonstrating the progress of the Desmosedici MotoGP project.
2005: Capirossi campaigns the Desmosedici for a thirdsuccessive year, scoring spectacular back-to-back wins in the latter half of the season. Team-mate Carlos Checa scores two podiums toward the end of the year. Toseland and Laconi win races in the World Superbike Championship but are unable to challenge for the title, while a new star is born in Italian Lorenzo Lanzi, who takes a third factory 999 to two wins in the final races of the season. Ducati Corse is also officially involved in the American AMA Superbike series, taking several race wins during the season with Neil Hodgson and Eric Bostrom.
2006: Capirossi again spearheads Ducati’s attack in one of the most exciting MotoGP championships in history. The Italian wins three races and takes eight podiums to finish his best season with the Italian factory in third overall. It is a difficult year for team-mate, Sete Gibernau, who triggers a spectacular crash at the start of the Catalan GP which spoils his season. Bayliss returns to World Superbike with Ducati Corse and caps a superb year by winning his second world title, five years on from his 2001 victory. The 37-year-old Australian goes on to write another remarkable chapter in Ducati’s history by winning the final round of the MotoGP championship at Valencia after being called in to replace injured Gibernau.
2007: Ducati’s first MotoGP World Championship titles. Capirossi is joined by new team-mate, Casey Stoner, who dominates the launch of the inaugural 800cc MotoGP campaign, winning first time out on the new Desmosedici GP7. After that, the young Australian takes another nine wins and four further podium finishes, and scores five pole positions. In Japan, 23 September, Capirossi wins his first race of the season and Stoner secures Ducati’s first MotoGP World Championship, becoming the second youngest premier-class World Champion, after American legend Freddie Spencer. Two weeks later, the stunning one-two scored by Stoner and Capirossi at Phillip Island secures the Constructors’ World Championship for the Borgo Panigale based squad, the first non-Japanese manufacturer to win the premier-class Constructors’ title since 1973, when MV Agusta were champions. After the end of the 2007 championship, 25-year-old Italian Marco Melandri joins the Australian in the Ducati Team. Meanwhile, Team Ducati Xerox riders Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi compete in the World Superbike series to finish the season fourth and seventh, respectively, with a string of podium places for Bayliss. Success came for Ducati Xerox Junior Team rider Niccolò Canepa, who takes the FIM Superstock 1000 title.
2008: The second-best ever season for Ducati in the MotoGP class, a year in which Casey Stoner finishes second in the Riders’ classification and Ducati second in the Constructors’ points, despite difficulties experienced all season by the Australian rider’s team-mate Marco Melandri. In Qatar, Stoner opens the championship with a great victory at the first GP to be held at night, but then a series of problems cause him to lose ground until the Ducati technicians find a new solution while working on the GP8 during the test after the Barcelona GP. Three consecutive wins follow, in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, before two falls at Brno and Misano, along with the reappearance of an old fracture to his left wrist, put an end to Casey’s chances of successfully defending his title. The end of Stoner’s season picks up with two podiums and two convincing victories, in Australia and at Valencia, which help him to finish the 2008 season as vice-champion. The day after the Valencia GP, and immediately before undergoing surgery on his fractured scaphoid, Casey is on track for the first winter test session with his new team-mate, 2006 World Champion, Nicky Hayden.
In his final year before retiring from the World Superbike scene, Troy Bayliss dominates the championship, powering his way to victory eleven times throughout the season to claim his third world title, and the fifteenth World Superbike Manufacturers’ title for Ducati. The title comes aboard the Ducati 1098 F08, giving Bayliss three World Championships on three different generations of Ducati Superbike. Bayliss’ team-mate Michel Fabrizio finishes the championship in eighth position, with seven podium finishes to his name. In the Superstock 1000 Cup, Ducati Xerox Junior Team rider Brendan Roberts takes three wins to earn the title, the second consecutive crown for the Ducati Xerox Junior Team in that category.
2009: In 2009, Ducati is again involved in the fight for the MotoGP title, in a season that is characterised by both successes and difficult moments. Nicky Hayden is Casey Stoner’s new team-mate, sharing with him a common language, a similar upbringing racing dirt track and the glory of a MotoGP World Championship title, won by the American in 2006.
The first race, held at night in Qatar, is postponed for 24 hours due to torrential rain and then dominated for the third consecutive year by Stoner. Hayden, who fell in qualifying, finishes twelfth. It is the start of a year of improvement for Hayden who, with determination and hard work, continues to improve his pace before reaching the podium at Indianapolis and closing the season positively. In the final test session of the year in Valencia, he is consistently one of the fastest five riders on track. After Stoner’s success of the opening race and his first Jerez podium with Ducati, the Australian also awards the Italian manufacturer with its first ever win at Mugello. Stoner seems ready to battle until the end against Rossi, Lorenzo and Pedrosa, who together are the four riders that demonstrate a superiority over the rest of the pack throughout the 2009 season.
Unfortunately for Casey, he is hindered by a physical problem that forces him to sit out three races mid-season, missing the Brno, Indianapolis and Misano GP rounds. It is a very difficult decision for the Australian and eliminates his chances of winning the title, but he is able to return for the Portuguese GP in October, fit again and ready to once again demonstrate his full potential aboard the GP9. Stoner steps onto the podium at Estoril and then wins the next two races in Australian and Malaysia. In Valencia, he is extremely fast but then falls in the warm-up lap prior to the race, thus losing third position in the overall standings. Casey concludes 2009 in fourth position.
In World Superbike, Noriyuki Haga, riding with the Ducati Xerox Team for the first time, is successful right from the offset, with an immediate win aboard his Ducati 1198 in the opening race of the season, at Phillip Island. This victory is followed by seven further race wins, including double victories at Valencia and Kyalami, and a total of nineteen podiums scored throughout the season. Haga’s win in the penultimate round, at Magny-Cours, awards the Ducati factory squad its sixteenth Manufacturers’ title in this championship. The fight for the riders title goes down to the wire, with Noriyuki heading to the final track of the season in Portimao, just ten points ahead of second placed Ben Spies. The spectators are treated to two spectacular races in Portugal, the first of which is won by Spies and the second by Haga’s team-mate Michel Fabrizio. With Noriyuki crashing out of Race 1 and finishing second in Race 2, he loses out on the 2009 World Superbike Riders title by just six points to Spies.
At the end of his second season with the Ducati Xerox Team, Michel Fabrizio closes the championship in third position overall with 382 points, having achieved three race wins, at Monza, Imola and Portimao, and a total of fifteen podium finishes during the year. In the Superstock 1000 class, the Ducati Xerox Junior Team celebrates winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles for the third consecutive year, this time with young Belgian rider Xavier Simeon aboard the Ducati 1198. Of the ten races, Simeon wins five and finishes second in five, the best set of results ever recorded in the Superstock 1000 category and a fitting end to the Ducati Xerox Junior Team’s four-year history.
2010: Armed with a new “big-bang” enginein the Desmosedici GP10, Stoner qualifies on pole for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, only to crash out of the lead during the race. The Australian struggles through the early rounds before making a breakthrough and collecting five consecutive podium finishes at Assen, Catalunya, Sachsenring, Laguna Seca, and Brno. Another crash, this one at Indianapolis, only temporarily halts Casey’s momentum, and he lands his first victory of the season two races later, at the inaugural MotorLand Aragon race. The event serves as a breakthrough for Stoner, his crew, and the entire Ducati team, and another victory follows at the Motegi round, site of Casey’s 2007 world title. Although a crash puts him out of the Sepang event, this only temporarily halts Stoner’s progress, as he scores a popular win at his home Grand Prix for the fourth time in a row. Estoril is marred by another crash, but Casey finishes out on a positive note by leading for much of Valencia’s season finale before eventually settling for a runner-up result.
Stoner closes out the year, and a successful tenure with Ducati, with fourth place in the final points standings. Meanwhile, Hayden makes a big step forward in his second year with Ducati, immediately and consistently challenging for the podium. The hardworking American finishes fourth at each of the first three rounds, crashes out at Mugello, and once again takes fourth in Grand Prix racing’s return to Great Britain’s Silverstone Circuit. A challenging stretch follows, but Nicky finally notches his first podium finish of the year at Aragon, thanks to an inspired last-lap pass on points-leader Jorge Lorenzo. Although that will prove to be the high point of his season in terms of race results, Hayden shows several more signs of progress in the final rounds, running near the front at the season finale in Valencia before crashing out in the early going. His position in the final points standings is seventh, a significant improvement over his debut year with Ducati.
The 2010 season proves to be a difficult one for Ducati Xerox in World Superbike, with Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio ending the year sixth and eighth, respectively, in the points standings. The year isn’t without its highlights, however, as Haga scores victories at Valencia and the Nurburgring, while Fabrizio does likewise at Kyalami. Between the two men, the squad collects a total of twelve podium finishes. Partway through the season, Ducati announces that from 2011, it will limit its participation in World Superbike to the supply of machines and support to private teams, in order to concentrate resources on the development of the next generation Superbike.
2011: Valentino Rossi’s arrival at Ducati alongside Nicky Hayden, with whom he had already been teamed with in the past, arouses the excitement of fans all around the world. The early season is complicated by the aftermath of a serious injury to his right shoulder, which prevents him from taking full advantage of the winter tests to develop the bike. The Italian superstar nonetheless manages his first podium with the GP11 at the fourth round, in Le Mans. Nicky Hayden also achieves a podium finish, at round two in Jerez. Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and the Ducati Corse department are kept busy on two fronts: competing in the 2011 MotoGP World Championship and developing the 2012 bike which, in keeping with a change to the rules, returns to a 1000cc displacement.
In World Superbike, the private Althea Racing team, supported by Ducati technicians and with Spaniard Carlos Checa at the controls of the Ducati 1098R, tallies no fewer than 15 victories during the course of the season, bringing Ducati its 14th title in the championship.
In World Superbike, Spaniard Carlos Checa took the honour of recording Ducati’s 300th World Superbike race victory aboard his Team Althea Racing Ducati 1198 in July at Silverstone in England and in October went on to celebrate his first World Championship title. The win, which brought Ducati’s list of Riders’ titles to an incredible 14 and Manufacturers’ titles to 17 in World Superbike, was complemented that same day by securing the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup Rider’s and Manufacturers’ titles with Italian rider, Davide Giugliano onboard his Ducati 1198.
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Ten historic Ducatison exhibition at the Imola 200 Revival 21-23 September 2012
1972-2012 40 years of L-Twinsuccess
Paul Smart’s victory in the Imola200race on 23 April,1972 started Ducati’s 40years of racingsuccesswith their production-based L-twin motorcycles,creating an iconic status for the Italian manufacturer.The incredible success established landmark models along the way and ten of these historic motorcycles have been exhibited throughoutthis anniversary yearand will also be exhibitedat the Imola 200 Revival event 21-23September, 2012.
1 -1972 Ducati 750 Imola Desmo (Owner:Giancarlo Rossi)
Paul Smart’slegendaryDucati victorymarked the start of the modern Ducati. Back in the early ‘70s, themanagement at Ducati in Bolognadecidedto exploit the technology of the 750 GT bystartingproduction in1971ready for the famous race. During the famous 1972 race, the two Ducati ridersraced virtually aloneat the front of the field until the final excitinglap when Bruno Spaggiari, who had beenahead of Paul Smart, started to run low on petrol onhis Ducati, leaving Smartto win theImola 200. Thevictoryand second placefor Ducati started the incredible success story of the L-twin engine designedby Fabio Taglioni.
2 -1975 Ducati 860 -The 24 Hours of Montjuïc (Owner: Giancarlo Rossi )
Following the success ofthe Imola 200, Ducati started to develop a motorcyclewith the same configuration as the 750, but with a more powerful enginefor usein the endurance racesthatwere very popular at thattime. Themachine made itsvictorious debut on 7-8 July,1973 when the Ducati 860, ridden by Spaniards Benjamin Grau and Salvador Canellas, won the famous and challenging24 Hours of Montjuïc. Among the mechanics supporting the bikes of Grau and Canellasduring 1973were two names that would soon enter the historybooksof Ducati.Giorgio Nepoti and Rino Caracchi.The motorcycleon display is the version that wonthe 24 Hours of Montjuïc in 1975 with the well established pairing ofBenjamin Grau andSalvador Canellas.
3 -1975 Ducati 750 Super Sport Desmo (Owner: Ducati Museum)
At the end of 1973, Ducati started production of the 750 Super Sport Desmo, a road version of the 750 Imola and 750 Imola “Corsa Corta” version already seen at the Imola 200 race. This model was the first to introducethe Desmodromicvalve controlsystem on an L-twin road machine, until now only used in racing.In1974 Ducati suppliedthe new750 Super Sport Desmo to Bruno Spaggiari, who had by now withdrawn from racing tobecomeTeam Manager of Ducati. The potential of the new L-twin Desmo was immediately apparent and dominatedthe Italian production bike-based championshipswith riders such asFranco Uncini, Adelio Faccioli, Giulio SabattiniandCarlo Saltarelli and in the USwith Cook Neilson, who won the Daytona 200 in 1977.
4 -1978 Ducati 900 NCR Endurance (Owner: Ducati Museum)
After Ducati withdrew itsofficial team, the management of the powerful L-twin motorcycleswere“entrusted” to thenewly established NCR team, based closed to the factory in Bologna. Founded by Giorgio Nepoti and Rino Caracchi, the NCR teamwould soon become legendarywithin the world of motorcycle racing. Symbolized with the image of awolf running at full speed, the team represented Ducatiin prestigious endurance racesincludingthe24 Hours of Montjuïcin Barcelona,the Bol D’ Or at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, the 1000km of Misano and the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man. It was on the famous TT circuit in 1978 thatthe Ducati 900 NCR tookvictory in the legendaryhands of Mike Hailwood®.
5 -1980 Ducati 600 TT2 (Owner: Ducati Museum)
In 1979, Ducati introduced the Pantah 500 SL, a motorcyclethat represented a radical shift in philosophy for the Engineers in Bologna. The Pantah 500 was the first Ducatito replace the bevel gear camshaft drivewitha lighter and quietertoothed-belt, thesolution enabling an increase in powerand reduction inengine weight. ThePantah 500 also saw the introduction of Ducati’sTrellis frame, adesign that soon became a signature feature of Ducati sport motorcycles. To help demonstrate the value of these new technical features, Ducatipresented a “racing” versionof the model, the 600 TT2.
Equipped with an extremely light tubular steelTrellis frame and an extraordinarily high-performance engine, it soon became the most competitivein its category. The 600 TT2 enjoyed countless victoriesinthe Italian Championships with top class riders,Massimo Broccoli and Walter Cussighand an importantsequence of World Championship titlesin the TT2 categorywithBritish rider Tony Rutter. Histhree consecutive titles in1981, 1982, and 1983stood in addition to victoriesintheIsle of Man’sTourist Trophyracesin the TT2 category.
6 -1985 Ducati 750 F1 (Owner: Ducati Museum)
During the mid-1980s Ducati saw the transfer of ownership from state shareholdings to the Cagiva group, ledby the enthusiasticand pro-racingbrothers,Claudio and Gianfranco Castiglioni. The two brothers from Varese, Italyrecognised further potential in the TT concept and invested in the developmentof the TT1 design for anF1 version. The Ducati 750 F1 was the motorcycle that signaled the re-launch of Ducatibothon the race track and the globalmotorcyclemarket. The machinewas enteredin the most prestigiousendurance races, winning the 24 Hours of Montjuïc in 1985 with the Spanish riders Benjamin Grau, Chico de Juan and Juan Garrigaand enjoyed success at the Daytona Battle of the Twins in 1986, with Marco Lucchinelli.
The F1 project was to be the final contributionof Engineer,Fabio Taglioni.The brilliant Designerand Engineerhired by Ducati in 1954and responsible for so much of Ducati’s development, decided to end his long and successful career in 1985, havingdedicating himselfto the Bologna company for over 30years.
7 -1990 Ducati 851 Superbike(Owner: Ducati Museum)
The success achieved by Italian riders on the 750 F1 motivatedanow resurrected and motivated Ducaticompany,and in 1986,Designers Massimo Bordi and Gianluigi Mengoli decided to develop a new,ambitious and complexproject-the design of a liquid-cooled L-Twin 4-valve engine.Itwasto bethe beginning of an incrediblestory that continues to thisday.
In 1988 the 851 Superbike made its debut, winning the first ever World Superbikerace (Donington Park)in the hands of Marco Lucchinelli. 1990, however,was to be the turning pointandwith eightvictoriesbyRaymond Roche,Ducati won their first Riders’ World Championship title.Ducati’sfirst Manufacturers’ World Championshiptitle came one year laterwith the Ducati 888 ridden by Doug Polen, a “private” Ducati managed by the American team,Fast By Ferracci,and the NCR mechanics Nepoti and Caracchi.
8 -1994 Ducati 916 Superbike (Owner: Ducati Museum)
The 916 made its debut at the World Superbike Championshipin 1994with the first exclusive versions of the 916 Racing availableto the official factory team and two private teams.The ridersof the official Ducati team, managed by Virginio Ferrari, were Giancarlo Falappa and a British rider who had alreadydistinguished himself during the previous season on a Ducati 888, Carl Fogarty. It was Fogarty who led the 916 to success, winning the World Championship in themodel’s first year. The 916 became the uncontested king of Superbike, again winning with Fogarty in 1995, and again in 1996 with the Australianrider, Troy Corser, who used an enlarged955version.Fogarty then tookthe Ducati 996 double victory, winning the titlesin 1998 and 1999. “Foggy” remains the Ducati rider with the most titles, including four World Championships with55 race victories.
In 2001, Troy Bayliss debuted the Ducati 996 with the new “Testastretta” engine, winning the World Superbike Championship tobecomeone of the all-time favourites of Ducati fans.In 2002,the 998 version won the Manufacturers’titleand the story of the 916 and its different evolutions came to an end in 2004 with an incredible120 race victories, eight Manufacturers’titles and six Riders’titles, making it the most awarded Ducati Superbikeever.
9 -2003 Ducati 999 Factory (Owner: Ducati Museum)
The next generationDucati 999Superbikewasa modelthat broke its design ties with the past and introduced a number oftechnical featuresthat enhanced its performance overthe previous 916versions.The success of the 999 removed anynostalgia for the 916, at least in numerical terms. During its relatively brief competition period from 2003-2007, the 999 achieved an impressive 63 race victories, three Riders’titles and three Manufacturers’titles, won in pairs in 2003, 2004 and 2006, withNeil Hodgson, James Toseland and Troy Bayliss as respective World Champions.
10 -2008 Ducati 1098 Superbike Factory (Owner: Ducati Museum)
The 1098 made itsvictorious debut in the Superstock Championship with Niccolò Canepain 2007, and thenin World Superbike in 2008, winning a 15thManufacturers’ title for Ducati and a 3rdRiders’ title forTroy Bayliss.In 2009, factory riders, Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Hagasecureda 16thManufacturers’title.
In 2010,Ducati announced thewithdrawal ofthe official team, deciding to support private teams in2011, while the factory concentratedon the development of the next generation Superbike.Spanish rider,Carlos Checa and the Althea Racing team dominated 2011 winning15 racesandcoming close to breaking the record of 17 race victories held by Doug Polen since 1991. Thanks to the Althea Racing team, Ducati won their 17thRiders’ WorldChampionshiptitle, the 3rdwon by a private Ducati teamwiththe previous two in 1991 with the Fast by Ferracci Team, managedby Eraldo Ferracci, and 1996 with the Power Horse Team, managedby Davide Tardozzi.
The 1198 continues to be racedin 2012 by privateDucati teams competing in World Superbike, while the world waits for the debut 1199 Panigalein 2013.
Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by “Desmodromic” performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati’s range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike.
These authentic icons of “made in Italy” are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Asia Pacific markets. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007.