The bevel gear, single-cylinder series, also known as “Sport”, marked the debut of Fabio Taglioni-designed road Ducatis. Indeed, in 1957 the 100 and 125 Sport series were launched on the two-wheel market, with the advantage that both models (much like the 175, 200 and 250 cc versions thereafter) were inspired directly by the experience gathered with road competitions.
As a matter of fact Fabio Taglioni designed the 125 Sport for Ducati following the acclaim of fans, who were demanding a motorcycle as similar as possible to the Gran Sport “Marianna”, the uncontested queen of Gran Fondo (endurance) races, such as the Milano Taranto and Motogiro D’Italia. It is not by chance that 100 and 125 Sport were also known as “Modello Motogiro”, given that they had the same technical specification as their racing peers.
125 Sport may be considered as the “forebear” of Panigale V4 R, the trailblazer of current-day Superbike models.