Ducati

Ducati

 
 

Ducati moments


The central room is a a horse-shoe room and cointains 24 legendary racing Ducati bikes, from the 1950 Cucciolo Competizione to Carlos Checa 2011 Superbike 1198.

A unique exposition that visitors can discover bike by bike, reliving the great racing moments and the hero riders of all times.

1949 - Cucciolo Racing

Ducati's earliest sporting successes were thanks to the Cucciolo, competing in micro - engine races on Italian tracks. Mario Recchia claimed the first recorded victory on 15th February 1947 at the Viareggio Grand Prix. In 1950, on the Monza track, Ugo Tamarozzi and Glauco Zitelli broke several 50 cc class world speed records with their Cucciolo.

1956 - Gran Sport 125 Marianna
Franco Farné

The Marianna, the first bike designed by engineer Fabio Taglioni in Ducati, made its debut in endurance road races in 1955. Gianni Degli Antoni from Modena won the Motogiro d'Italia with his Gran Sport in the 100 cc engine version. In 1956, aboard his enhanced 125 cc, Giuliano Maoggi took overall first place in the Motogiro. In these years the Marianna also dominated in the famous Milano-Taranto race.

1958 - 175 F3
Francesco Villa

The Ducati 175 F3 is considered a predecessor to modern-day Superbikes, a bike born to race amongst production-derived bikes. Developed on the base of the road 175 Sport, the bike won its first race at the Nations Grand Prix in 1957 at Monza. It was ridden by Francesco Villa, a former mechanic in the racing department. The 175 F3 would triumph once again in Monza in both 1959 and 1960.

1959 - 125 GP Desmo
Bruno Spaggiari

The 125 GP, designed by Fabio Taglioni, was the first Ducati bike to be equipped with the Desmodromic timing system. It made its debut in 1956, with Gianni Degli Antoni's win in the Swedish Grand Prix in Hedemora. The following year, Ducati came close to the world title after Alberto Gandossi won in Belgium and Sweden, and Bruno Spaggiari in Italy. In 1959, Ducati dominated the Ulster Grand Prix thanks to a young Mike Hailwood who took third place in the 125 cc World Championship.

1960 - 250 GP Desmo
Mike Hailwood

The 250 cc Desmo Twin cylinder bike was one of the first racing bikes developed by Fabio Taglioni after Ducati officially stepped down from racing. It was made especially for Mike Hailwood who had enjoyed his first wins the previous year with the 125 cc GP. Hailwood won several races with the new bike in the English championship, earning him the legendary "Mike the Bike" nickname. He was one of the greatest champions of all time and would end his career in 1979, riding a Ducati.

1971 - 500 GP Bicilindrica
Bruno Spaggiari

Only in the ‘70s did Ducati make its official racing comeback after a decade of competing with private racing teams. In order to compete with the best, Taglioni developed the 500 cc Grand Prix, the first Ducati racing bike with a 90 degree "L" type twin cylinder engine. The bike was ridden by Phil Read in the 500 cc class World Championship and became the base for the first Ducati road twin cylinder bike, the 750 GT.

1972 - 750 Imola Desmo
Paul Smart

1972 saw the first edition of the 200 Miglia, the successful American formula for production-derived bikes, take place at Imola. It was the perfect occasion for Ducati to really show what it was made of. With the 750 GT as a base, Fabio Taglioni mounted a twin cylinder "L" type engine on a race bike equipped with the desmodromic system. The 750 Imola Desmo beat the competition hands down, scoring both first and second place, with Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari, in front of 75 thousand spectators. 

1975 - 750 SS Desmo
Franco Uncini 

The reach of the 1972 victory at the 200 Miglia in Imola encouraged Ducati to create a road version of the 750 desmodromic bike. In 1973 the 750 Super Sport Desmo was thus introduced, starring in Italian national championships for production-derived bikes. In 1975, Franco Uncini won the 750 cc class Italian title, and in 1977, Cook Neilson triumphed at the Daytona 200 with his legendary 750 SS.

1978 - 900 SS IOM TT
Mike Hailwood

In 1978, on the Isle of Man, Ducati made history in the world of motorcycling.The race in question was the Tourist Trophy, the only World Formula TT title for production-derived bikes. The man to achieve this feat was Mike Hailwood, making a spectacular comeback after ten years of inactivity. He chose Ducati for his comeback, the bike with which he had started his career. Aboard the 900 Super Sport prepared by the NCR team, the British champion dominated the scene at 38 years old, beating all the odds.

1981 - 600 TT2
Walter Cussigh

The 600 TT2 was the first race bike created by the Ducati team to be mounted with the 600 cc Pantah engine with timing belt. Another new feature was the trellis frame, originally developed for the 1979 500 cc production Pantah. From 1981 to 1984, the 600 TT2 would win four consecutive world titles with Englishman Tony Rutter, and two Italian championships with Walter Cussigh and Massimo Broccoli.

1986 - 750 F1
Marco Lucchinelli

The 750 F1, an evolution of the 600 TT2, was the last bike that Fabio Taglioni would design. This was the bike that would relaunch Ducati in the racing world. With the new twin cylinder, Virginio Ferrari won the European F1 title in 1985. The next year, he dominated in the 24 Horas de Montjuic and, with Marco Lucchinelli, in the Daytona Battle of the Twins, the famous American twin cylinder race.

1990 - 851 F90
Raymond Roche

The 851 was the Ducati that launched the new water-cooled 4-valve twin cylinder engine designed by Gianluigi Mengoli and Massimo Bordi. Making its debut in the 1988 World Superbike Championship, it proved to be an immediate winner with Marco Lucchinelli at Donington. Confirmation came in 1990, when Frenchman Raymond Roche achieved a first Riders' Title.

1991 - 888 F91
Doug Polen

The new version of the 851, increased to 888 cc, dominated the 1991 championship, winning 23 out of 26 races. It proved to be American Doug Polen's year, and with 17 race wins he was crowned world champion, also helping Ducati to win the World Manufacturers' title. This was just the first in a long series of victories, which would see the Ducati team reach the pinnacle of motorcycle racing.

1992 - 888 F92
Giancarlo Falappa

1992 saw Ducati consolidate its position in the World Superbike Championship. The team, run by Franco Uncini who was assisted by Franco Farnè, chief mechanic since Taglioni had left, won the World title once again. Doug Polen took the title, this time with an updated 888. Italian rider Giancarlo Falappa, known by the Ducati fans as "The Lion from Jesi" also made an impression that year, scoring four race wins.

Supermono
Mauro Lucchiari

This elegant and refined four-strong single cylinder was the fruit of designer Claudio Domenicali's brilliance, which gave shape to an original design by Pierre Terblanche. Created exclusively for the track, only 67 examples of the Supermono were ever produced. The great concentration of technological and aerodynamic elements meant that the bike was among the most competitive in its category, winning numerous trophies as a result. In 1993, Mauro Lucchiari scored the European Supermono title while Ducati won the manufacturers' title.

1994 - 916 F94
Carl Fogarty

Massimo Tamburini was the genius behind the 916. A bike with a revolutionary design, equipped with innovative technical aspects that made it the most successful Ducati bike of all time. It made its debut in Superbike in 1994 with an English rider, Carl Fogarty, who would tie his name to the Bologna based manufacturer. Foggy won his first of four titles, repeating the feat in 1995, 1998 and 1999 to become "The King", the most successful rider in the history of SBK.

1996 - 916 F96
Troy Corser

The 916 was such a technological marvel that it could win regardless of its rider. In 1996, when the reigning SBK champion Carl Fogarty left Ducati, the latter had already lined up a worthy substitute in the shape of Troy Corser. The Australian won the Riders' title and, together with John Kocinski, added another Manufacturers' title to the wall of fame. This marked the start of an era of talented Australian riders who would make history for Ducati.

2001 - 996 F01
Troy Bayliss

2001 was the last SBK season for the 996 R, part of the family that began with the 916, equipped with the new Testastretta, smaller in size than the illustrious Desmoquattro. Two years after scoring its previous title, Ducati took the Riders' title once more, this time thanks to the natural talents of another Australian, Troy Bayliss. A rookie who had scored two wins during the previous season, Bayliss snatched his first of three World Superbike titles.

2003 - 999 F03
Neil Hodgson

The 999 had the hard task of substituting the 916/996 after a decade of triumphs. The success of the new project was clear from the very first race, with Ducati occupying the whole podium. The season concluded with incredible victories and Neil Hodgson adding yet another title to the Ducati prize list. In 2004, it was James Toseland who would win the championship, followed by Troy Bayliss in 2006, making the 999 the second most successful Ducati after the 916.

2003 - Desmosedici GP03
Loris Capirossi

In 2003, Ducati debuted in the World Championship's reigning class. The Desmosedici, the first four-cylinder race bike to be designed by Filippo Preziosi, soon proved to be highly competitive. Loris Capirossi reached the podium in the first race at Suzuka and dominated the Catalunya Grand Prix. Troy Bayliss was named rookie of the year. The season ended with a surprising second place finish in the World Manufacturers' Championship.

2007 - Desmosedici GP07
Casey Stoner

The reduction in MotoGP engine capacity, from 1000 to 800 cc, led Ducati to redesign the Desmosedici. The team entrusted this bike to a young rider called Casey Stoner. The combination of a new bike and new Australian talent proves perfect. Stoner won ten Grand Prix, the victory topped off by Capirossi's win in Japan. Just four years since its MotoGP debut, Ducati won both the Riders' and Manufacturers' World Championships.

2008 - 1098 F08
Troy Bayliss

2008 saw the 1098 make its Superbike debut. It was also Troy Bayliss' last season, but he would leave Ducati and its fans with one last gift, his third world title a t the age of 39. The Australian, with 52 victories under his belt, is the second most successful SBK rider of all time and won three Riders' titles with three different Ducati bikes.

2010 - Desmosedici GP10
Casey Stoner

The Desmosedici GP10 featured a structure with a load-bearing engine and carbon fibre monocoque frame. The carbon frame and swingarm meant that the bike stood out against its rivals. From mid-season, the bike took to the track with a new aerodynamic look in the form of innovative lateral appendages, which were to return in 2015. With the new bike, Casey Stoner won three Grand Prix and achieved six podiums. His experience at Ducati concluded with a fourth place finish in the general standings and a record 23 race wins over four years.

2011 - 1198 F11
Carlos Checa

The 1198 was the evolution of the 1098 and it was Carlos Checa who would represent the Ducati team and dominate the 2011 World Superbike Championship. During a period dominated by Anglo-Saxon riders, Checa was the first Spaniard to write his name in the Superbike World Championship history books. His 15 wins scored over the season saw Ducati surpass the milestone of 300 SBK victories.