Mike the Bike was one of the best, which is why its fitting to have such a sweet replica built in his honour…
Feature by Brownie
Over the years Ducati has produced a string of race-replicas: limited-edition models created in honour of the V-twins ridden to World Superbike championship glory by stars including Australia’s own Troy Bayliss along with Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson and James Toseland. Things were very different back in 1979, when Ducati built a replica for a much more specific reason – to celebrate one man’s victory in one particular race.
But what a race, and what a man! For drama and emotion there have been few sporting events to compare with the Isle of Man’s Formula One TT in June 1978, when the incomparable Mike Hailwood returned from retirement to win, against strong competition including Phil Read’s works Honda four, on a Ducati V-twin prepared by Sports Motorcycles.
Mike the Bike’s victory captured everyone’s imagination, and for once the management at the struggling Bologna factory made the most of their chance.
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