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851 SBK

The 851 was finally marketed from February 1988.

On 3 April 1988, Marco Lucchinelli took the first, ground-breaking win in the Superbike World Championship racing a Ducati 851.

Lucchinelli’s success in Donington immediately gave proof of the 851’s strength as a project.

Marco Lucchinelli also rode the 851 in the 1989 season.

Baldassarre Monti was one of the first Italian riders, along with Lucchinelli, to use Borgo Panigale’s new twin-cylinder.

 
 

1988 is the year in which the first World Superbike Championship made its debut.

Ducati was there on the starting grid with its new bike 851 ridden by Marco Lucchinelli. Despite the fact that the unreliability of the 851 was a serious drawback, the Ducati - Lucchinelli duo did rather well, winning the first overall title at the very first round of the SBK World Championship held on the British circuit in Donington on April 3, 1988; a result repeated in race 1 on the Austrian circuit Zeltweg.

The 1989 version of the 851 was very similar to the 1988 version. Ducati's performance in the Superbike Championship was boosted by the arrival of the French rider: Raymond Roche. He achieved his first historic double triumph winning Race 1 and 2 on the circuit at Brainerd, something he went on to repeat winning both races at Hockenheim in Germany and Race 2 on the Sicilian circuit Pergusa.

Palmares

1988 1° Battle of the Twins - Italian Championship
Constructors Championship
1988 1° Battle of the Twins - Italian Championship
Baldassarre Monti
1989 1° Italian Superbike Championship
Baldassarre Monti
1989 1° Italian Superbike Championship
Constructors Championship
1989 1° Battle of the Twins - Italian Championship
Andrea Brunetti
1989 1° Battle of the Twins - Italian Championship
Constructors Championship
1989 1° Battle of the Twins - English Championship
Mark Forsyth
1989 2° World Superbike Championship
Raymond Roche

Technical specification

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  • TRANSMISSION

  • CHASSIS

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