Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - And the win­ner is…

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.

Ge­off Baines Road bikes Race bikes 2003 GP03, the Desmosedici ar­rives 2004 999 F04, Tose­land is WSB champ Ge­off Baines on how it all started Michael Rut­ter on rac­ing 2006 999 F06, Troy Bayliss wins again Michael Rut­ter Road bikes Tony Rut­ter Ra

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