1. 750SS 1973 The perfect motorcycle. I raced our lovely old ‘Flying Fossil’ up until 1998. Bullseye! 2. 996R 1999/2000 Just the perfect road bike: not too fast, all the looks of a 916, carbon bodywork, Testastretta motor and decent electrics. 3. 888 SP3 1991/92 When I saw this bike at the factory I couldn’t believe how stunning it was. It looked just like a works racer: Öhlins suspension, twin injectors, number boards! Ride one and you feel like you are inside it, not on it. The bellow from the airbox is deafening – and those Termi open pipes belting out that awesome wail! 1. Ducati 600 TT2 1981/83 I was lucky enough to buy Tony Rutter’s written-off bike from Dave Railton. I campaigned it in BOTT and F2. It was such a no-nonsense bike: small, light and beautifully engineered. 2. 916 1994-on I was at the factory on a course, sneaking into ‘Reparto Sperimentale’ to get some Eproms from Evo Bertoni, when I saw Franco Farne and Eldorado Ferracci building this bike for Daytona. It looked amazing. When we saw Foggy ride it at Donington we all knew that this was the world beater the Factory had been waiting for. The 916 changed the world. It was so ahead of its time in design it took the rest of the world years to catch up. 3. Desmosedici 990 2003-on When I saw this beast of a bike, I got the same feeling. I couldn’t get over the sound: louder than the F1 cars we hear at Silverstone every week. My friend Alan Jenkins did a lot of the design work and took me to Donington where I hung around in the back of the pit. I was in awe of Capirossi and Bayliss’s riding. The engine was so tiny compared with the twins. I’ve never ridden one but one of my customers has Charlie Checa’s GP5 so I live in hope. “My second ever race was on my dad’s aluminium-framed Pantah 750 at Mallory in 1989, and I’ve been connected with Ducatis on and off ever since. Even now I own a Hypermotard 1100.”
1. 916 Strada Words are not necessary. This bike’s beauty explains itself. 2. Panigale Something that seemed impossible: a bike as beautiful as a 916. 3. Scrambler 450 The first Ducati I saw when I was a child, in the 1970s. 1. 996R Troy Bayliss’s 2001 Infostrada bike: a knight and his thoroughbred. 2. 888 Elegant, sporty, red, smooth – a real Ducati. 3. Desmosedici GP07 Stoner’s championshipwinning bike: the beauty of victory.