Joe Kopp took his Hypermotard 1100EVO
powered flat-tracker to Ducati's first ever Grand National victory in
Saturday's May 1st
Yavapai Downs Mile in Arizona, USA. The win marks
the first time a readily available production engine has won a Grand National
Twins race in 29 years and ends 17 years of Harley-Davidson domination.
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati Flat Track Project began just one year ago,
when Ducati Superbike rider Larry Pegram approached friend and flat track team
co-owner, David Lloyd, regarding the potential of Ducati's air-cooled engine.
Racing and Lloyd Brothers Motorsports then joined forces to build a stock-framed
dirt track bike from a Ducati Sport 1000 and, after a quick shakedown by Pegram,
entered the 2009 Springfield Mile where it immediately proved a formidable
opponent to the dominant Harley-Davidsons. After a summer of modifications, including the
addition of the 2010 Desmodue engine from the Ducati Hypermotard 1100EVO
and a custom racing chassis, Pegram entered the Indy Mile and missed the main
event by just one position in the semi-qualifier.
to 2010's opening round and Joe Kopp proves that Ducatis don't need asphalt to
beat the competition. Putting the Ducati into the lead from the start of
Saturday's event, Kopp ran a fantastic race and faced little competition before
finally drafting past Sammy Halbert's Harley-Davidson on the final lap to take
the checkered flag by 0.025 seconds. The result represents a significant
milestone in the history of the sport with the Italian Ducati stealing victory
from Harley Davidson on the Mile, something no other manufacturer has achieved in
next race for the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati entry will be the famed
Springfield Mile on May 30, where Ducati AMA Superbike star, Larry Pegram will
pilot a second bike alongside Joe Kopp.
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