In 1981 Ducati prepared an amazing racing twin cylinder, based on the standard Pantah, which is simply known as TT2. Its frame was extremely light: 7 kilos only. The fork was by Marzocchi with magnesium legs, while the cantilever monoshock rear suspension used a single Paioli unit. Its Campagnolo ultralight alloy 18-inch wheels were also noteworthy. The bike was then equipped with a 16-inch front wheel. The bike featured a Brembo braking system with a double 280 mm disc on the front. Its engine was close to the limits allowed by the regulations: 597 cc. The bike was very light and so compact as to be less suitable for tall riders. It had a profiled fairing and a tank wedged between the frame tubes.
Meanwhile a British rider, Tony Rutter, won the Tourist Trophy with a Pantah 500 SL. Ducati believed he could win the title, so it gave him a TT2 to ride and race at Ulster. Tony ranked second, winning the world title for that category. At the end of the season Massimo Broccoli won the Italian title riding a TT2. In 1982 the TT2 won the Italian title ridden by Walter Cussigh, while Rutter won again the world championship. Among other triumphs, the TT2 won a double and ranked first and second at the Isle of Man. Cussigh won the Italian title again, and in 1984 Rutter obtained the championship title for the umpteenth time.