Lots of extra good shots this time. Hey, it's Imola, right?
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Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) was the fastest rider in the opening Free Practice session at Imola this morning. Riding in the hottest conditions of the season so far, the Italian ended the session marginally quicker than his nearest rival, Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).
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Go Ducati, Gassssssss!
Chaz Davies is hoping the influx of the 'Ducatisti' in his first World Superbike race for Ducati on Italian soil will spur him onto good results as he looks for his first podium of the season.
The Welshman has endured a modest start to the 2014 WSBK season on the 1199 Panigale, particularly compared with team-mate Davide Giugliano, and admits there is still some 'refining' to do in order to bring himself up to speed.
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Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) is eagerly awaiting Round 7 of the eni FIM Superbike World Superbike Championship, scheduled for 30 June at Imola. The 40 year old rider from Sant Fruitos de Bages, Spain, has won five of the last six races held on the Italian venue, and is certainly looking for more after a difficult start of the season.
"Despite still not having full movement in the joint, the Spaniard is confident of his chances to be fully fit to ride the newly "air-restrictor free" 1199 Panigale R on the challenging track near Bologna."
The unforgettable protagonists of the legendary 200 Miglia come to Imola for the third edition of 200 Miglia Revival, which met a growing success in the last two years.
Champions who made the world motorcycling history will entertain the public on the same motorcycles which allowed them to write legendary chapters. The highlight is the traditional parade with riders lined up on the starting grid, ready to perform a few laps. 200 Miglia Revival also offers theme-based exhibitions and meetings with the champions available for autographs and photos, to revive a glorious motorcycling past.
More information: www.200miglia.com
Lots of photos of this weekends event HERE
More for Paul Smart Week at Ducati.net...
If immitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this should make Mr. Smart smile. On offer in the upcoming Monaco RM auction from the Carlo Salterelli collection, it's constructed from period parts quite similar to the original Imola machines of which only 7 were constructed by the factory. (The photo of the glass transporter Ductalk ran earlier this week shows the 7 bikes) To read more on this bike check out the incredible digital catalog of the entire collection (click the headline above for the link to the catalog)
RM Auctions Monaco
Friday May 11
More Paul Smart History Week at Ducati.net!
Paul Smart's victory at the 1972 Imola 200 was the start of Ducati's superbike success. Paul Smart tells the story....
It’s Paul Smart Week here at Ducati.net and we thought if there ever was a photo that was worth re-sharing, it’s this one of the glass transporter that Ducati had built to bring the team bikes to Imola. We will let Paul tell it in his own words:
“That evening we had a grand tour around Bologna in a long procession of cars honking their horns and waving flags. We stopped for what was to be minute outside the railway station, but thousands and thousands of people surrounded us and we just joined in the party....more here: http://www.ducati.net/2012/04/ducati-net-history-dejaview-the-glass-transporter/
April 23, 1972.
Ducati takes first and second place at the Imola 200. Won by Paul Smart, second place went to Bruno Spaggiari. Both were aboard Ducati Desmodromic L-twin 750 machines that were making their racing debuts....more here: http://www.ducati.net/2012/04/forty-years-ago-today/
Ducati Grandstands at Italian 2012 World Superbike rounds...
Ducati Grandstands return to the Imola, Monza and Misano rounds of the World Superbike Championship ready for hundreds of passionate Ducatisti to support their favourite Ducati riders.
Team Althea Racing's reigning World Superbike Champion, Carlos Checa and Superbike newcomer and last year's Superstock 1000 Champion, Davide Giugliano, head a list of Ducati-powered riders that include Jakub Smrz, Sylvain Guintoli and Niccolo' Canepa....more
The Italian manufacturer is set to organise a Ducati Vintage Contest and special display dedicated to the historic Imola 200 race and 40 years of success with Ducati L-twin engines at the World Ducati Week (WDW) event, at Misano 21-24 June 2012, with Paul Smart himself in attendance.
As Ducati starts production of its latest Superbike, the 1199 Panigale, it also prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of Paul Smart’s 1972 victory in the Imola 200. The famous race win, and second place by teammate Bruno Spaggiari, literally kick-started Ducati’s participation in production-derived racing by proving Engineer Fabio Taglioni’s innovative 90° L-twin engine configuration and Desmodromic valve control....more
LOTS of photos on the link.....
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1972 REPLICA DUCATI IMOLA RACER - DEUS AUSTRALIA
This Green Frame replica of a 1972 Imola Racer was built in 1978 by Gowanloch Duacti Sydney using period components. It recently won Best In Show at the Ducati Owners Club 2011 and is now sitting pretty in the Camperdown showroom ready for a new owner.
A superb and rare photo, made from the original negative, of the great Fabio Taglioni, Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari celebrating their very historic and very famous 1-2 victory in the 200 miles race of Imola in 1972. This historic photo was taken on the 23rd of May 1972, moments after they were given the winners trophy! Note the finish flag on Paul Smart’s winning bike, this flag was actually used when he crossed the finish line as the winner!
On the Ducati with number 9 we see Bruno Spaggiari. In the middle, accepting the well deserved trophy, we see the famous designer of the winning Ducati: Fabio Taglioni. A man that needs no further introduction. Right, on the Ducati with the finish-flag draped over the fairing, we see racewinner Paul Smart.
That day a crowd of 70,000 people saw Paul Smart on Ducati win the heavily battled 200 miles race of Imola. Smart’s team mate Bruno Spaggiari finished 2nd. Both are pictured on the photo, as well as the designer of this an many more Ducati race- and roadbikes! It was the debut race of Ducati’s new 750 desmodromic V-twin, with its bevel driven overhead camshafts. Works riders Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari dominated the numerous factory teams in the race, finishing 1st and 2nd on modified race versions of the 750SS streetbike. It gave instant fame to Ducati’s V-twin sporting models –a fame that lasts still today! The photo was taken just after the race, when the two motorcycle legends celebrated their great performance in the traditional way.
The Ducati 750 Imola Desmo is one of the most famous bikes in the world. It is best known, and, of course named after, its victory with Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari in the 200 mile race at Imola in 1972 – one of the most spectacular in racing history. Much has been written about the fantastic final lap, which saw Smart and Spaggiari side by side almost all the way to the finishing line, but how this race changed the destiny of the Italian manufacturer has been relatively unexplored.
The win at Imola defined Ducati’s future approach to racing, with the manufacturer focusing its attention almost exclusively on production-derived machines. However, before explaining more about the importance of Paul Smart, Imola and the legendary “number 16 Ducati 750 Imola”, we must take a step back in time.
In 1972 Checco Costa bought the 200 Mile formula to Italy and Ducati prepared eight bikes to be ridden by Paul Smart, Bruno Spaggiari, Ermanno Giuliano, and Alan Dunscombe. The bikes had production frames and engines, but were prepared, as usual, in a very short time. Most of this work, however, probably still goes unnoticed, as it was concerned with the smallest details: wherever possible, each part of the bike was painstakingly filed down and lightened. In addition, new Dellorto carburetors with 40 mm choke tubes and accelerator pumps arrived just in time, providing a perfect supply of fuel for the big twin-cylinder, which delivered 80 hp at 8,500 rpm. At Imola, Spaggiari reached the finish line with his gas tank almost empty and so could not snatch the victory from Smart.
The Imola racers featured Ducati’s famous 4-stroke longitudinal split 90° V twin engine. The crankcase cylinder and cylinderheads were cast in light alloy; the cylinders had cast-iron liners. Bore and stroke was 80 x 74.4 mm. Cylinder capacity was 747.95 cc. The racers had a compression ratio of 10:1. Ducati was already famous for its desmodromic single overhead camshafts, driven by bevel-gears. It was also present on the Imola racing machines. Each head had two valves. The air cooled engine featured wet sump lubrication. Two Dell’orto PHF 40 carburetors with accelerator pump fed the fuel mixture in the combustion chambers. A twin-plug contact-breaker ignition system was present. The Imola racers had a five-speed gearbox and primary drive by gears, final drive was by chain. A wet multi-plate clutch was also present. The engine delivered a power output of 82 hp at 9,000 r.p.m. Enough for a topspeed of 156.25 mph (250 km/h)!
Underneath some more information on these incredible machines:
Frame - chassis: Duplex open-cradle tubular-steel frame
Front suspension: Marzocchi telescopic hydraulic front forks with raked pins
Rear suspension: Swinging-arm rear suspension with two Ceriani 310-mm shocks
Front brake: Twin 280-mm disks with Lockheed calipers
Rear brake: 229-mm disk with Lockheed caliper
Front tyre: Borrani light alloy rims, Dunlop KR Tires, 3.25 x 18
Rear tyre: Borrani light alloy rims, Dunlop KR Tires, 3.5 x 18
Fuel tank: Fiberglass fuel tank with 24 liters capacity
Length: 2,018 mm
Wheelbase: 1,530 mm
Rake: 60 mm
Weight: 360 pounds (163 kg)
Amazingly, these Ducati 750cc desmodromic V-twin machines were totally new, it was the first time they had their race outing. In a long battle Smart and Spaggiari beat the heavy competition of MV Agusta and Giacomo Agostini, three works Moto Guzzi’s, four works BSA and Triumph Triples, three works Norton’s and 2 works Honda’s… An astonishing feat for a new roadracer! It was an amazing day in Ducati history and it brought once again well deserved fame to Fabio Taglioni’s extraordinary desmo V-twin design!
The Ducati 750 ‘s were often used in production based racing on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early 1970’s, long distance racing was extremely popular in Europe, especially Italy. These events were responsible for the quick gaining popularity of the heavier sports motorcycle, like the Ducati 750 SS, the Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, the Benelli 650 Tornado, the BMW R 90 S Daytona and the Laverda SFC 750; but also the Japanese sports motorcycles like the Kawasaki 350, 500 and 750 triples, but also heavy four strokes like the Honda CB 750 Four. Riders that would make world fame, like Franco Uncini and Marco Lucchinelli, all participated in these races before they made the steps to the Grand Prix World Championship racing scene.
Today, the Ducati Sport Classics models like the PaulSmart 1000, the Sport 1000 and the GT 1000, pay all directly tribute to the Imola era and the wonderful Ducati bikes that came from it!
The Imola 750 1-2 is regarded as the most classic victory Ducati ever scored. It is rare to obtain a photo like this, therefore it is printed in a nice large format of approx. 8" x 12" (20 x 30 cm). It is great the way it is, and would look gorgeous when framed.
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Spain’s leading Ducati specialist has pulled another rabbit out of the hat with this terrific new racer. It’s a tribute to the 750 Imola Desmo, which carried Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari to victory in the legendary 1972 200-mile race at Imola. The engine of the RAD02 is a tuned 900 SS i.e. lump, with racing cams and optimized intake and exhaust ports. The frame is equally trick, being a custom-made chromoly steel item. It’s hooked up to an S4R swingarm, and a modified upside-down 43mm Showa front fork with low friction TiN treatment, taken from the 749S Testastretta. Indeed, most of the metallurgy on this bike is bespoke, and many body parts are carbon fiber. The bike is not road-approved, although this should be possible: Radical Ducati will be building more machines to order, and can modify the componentry as needed. Check the RAD02 product page for build details and a comprehensive array of images.