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The Ducati Superbike evolution
 
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The Ducati Superbike evolution


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The Ducati Superbike evolution

  • 1986: If we wanted to name the first year for the Ducati Superbike project, it would be the one in which the first Ducati was fitted with a four valve twin-cylinder engine, the prototype named 748 Bol d'Or that made its debut in the race of the same name.
  • 1987: In July, the first images of the Ducati 851 prototype road version were released. In the same year, Marco Lucchinelli took the racing version of this bike to victory in the 'Battle of the Twins'.
  • 1988: Production of the Ducati 851 began with 'KIT' versions for racing use and 'ROAD' versions for customers. The following year, a 'biposto' two-seater version in a classic red livery was added to the range.
  • 1990: Raymond Roche won his first World Superbike Championship riding a Ducati 851 Racing.
  • 1991: Second World Superbike Championship title won by Doug Polen and first Manufacturers' World title for the Ducati 888 Racing. Production of the 888 road version began the following year.
  • 1993: This year marked a turning point in Ducati Superbike history. The Ducati 916 prototype was first presented at the Milan Motorcycle show. This bike was to earn a place in the history of motorcycling as the most beautiful sports bike of all times - as acknowledged by a multitude of international prizes and awards.
  • 1994: Carl Fogarty won the first of his four Superbike World Championship titles riding the Ducati 916 Racing. In the same year, production of this bike's road version began.
  • 1995: A smaller capacity version was built, the Ducati 748.
  • 1999: The Texas Pacific Group took over from the Cagiva Group as the owners of Ducati and the SBK family success story continued with the market launch of the Ducati 996. The following year arrived on the market the Ducati 996R version, equipped for the first time with the brand new Testastretta engine.
  • 2001: The larger-capacity Ducati 998 was born, equipped with the 'Testastretta' engine.
  • 2002: This year was another turning point for the Superbike family: the new Ducati 999 Testastretta was created, a revolutionary bike with a highly innovative design which made a clean break with the past. In 2003 and 2004, this bike won both the Riders' and the Manufacturers' World Superbike Championships, with riders Neil Hodgson and James Toseland, respectively.
  • 2006: Troy Bayliss rode the 999F06 to win the 12th Riders' World title and 14th Manufacturers' World title in the Superbike World Championship.
  • 2006: The Superbike capacity has grown steadily to finally exceed a three digit figure: the Ducati 1098 was created, equipped with the Testastretta Evoluzione engine.
  • Riders' Championships (12);

  • 2006 Troy Bayliss 999R ; 2004 James Toseland 999R ; 2003 Neil Hodgson 999R;
  • 2001 Troy Bayliss 996R ; 1999 Carl Fogarty 996 ; 1998 Carl Fogarty 996;
  • 1996 Troy Corser 916 ; 1995 Carl Fogarty 916 ; 1994 Carl Fogarty 916;
  • 1992 Doug Polen 888 ; 1991 Doug Polen 888 ; 1990 Raymond Roche 851.
  • Manufacturers' Championships (14);

  • 2006 999R ; 2004 999R ; 2003 999R ; 2002 998R ; 2001 996R ; 2000 996 ; 1999 996
  • 1998 996 ; 1996 916 ; 1995 916 ; 1994 916 ; 1993 888 ; 1992 888 ; 1991 888.
  • as at 1st January 2007.