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Ducati 750 SS

Bologna’s First Big Twin

metalflake paint is a sign of the and an indication that American influenced more than the Ducati 750’s engine in 1972.

Silver metalflake is a sign of the times, and an indication American trends inf

With winning 14 world titles in the 20 years, we tend to take its domination for granted. But before a afternoon 40 years ago, the manufacturer had precisely zero credentials. Primarily a producer of singles, Ducati at that had nothing to take on the championship-winning built by MV Agusta or Honda, let the many twins and triples established makes like Norton, Moto Guzzi, and more.

Ducati was an outsider in the brotherhood.

Paul Smart’s aboard the Ducati 750 SS at the 1972 200 changed everything. Inspired by the 200, this was the first race held outside the USA for the new of Formula 750 Superbikes. When and teammate Bruno Spaggiari 1-2 that day, not only did establish Ducati as a proper manufacturer, they also set the in motion for the formation of today’s Superbike Championship.

Famed Ducati Ingegnere Taglioni’s first V-twins in 1971, in two forms: a 500cc Prix racer and the 750 GT streetbike. created these by essentially the Ducati single, locating a of bevel-drive, SOHC top ends on a crankcase. Several frame were tested before settled on Englishman Colin prototype design, consisting of a trellis employing the 90-degree as a semi-stressed member.

With the of factory test rider Farne, Taglioni created a factory-racing 750 Super Sport to compete in the inaugural Imola The engineer believed—rightfully—that a good in this new racing format make a big impression for Ducati’s new Taglioni’s goal was to build a that could approach the top speeds of the Japanese and British but with improved reliability and handling.

Simple tachometer resembles a pressure gauge. Redline at 8500 rpm, several below the other factories’ Multis.

Simple tachometer a repurposed pressure gauge. resides at 8500 rpm,

To the untrained eye, these racers looked remarkably production 750s. The frames stock, just fitted racing suspension and a steering and the front wheel sported a disc brake. Bigger lurked inside the engine. The valve springs were replaced with a more and reliable desmodromic valvetrain the racing singles.

Bigger, 40mm Dell’Orto carbs and a new racing exhaust to produce 84 horsepower at the wheel.

was a veteran Italian racer many international victories on singles. Smart was a less choice. The British rider was factory Kawasakis in America at the and wasn’t contacted by Ducati one week before the race, Renzo Pasolini, Jarno and Barry Sheene all turned the opportunity.

Smart might turned it down as well, if not for his Maggie—Barry Sheene’s sister, the offer in his absence.

“I’m not that bloody old thing,” was first response when told him of the deal she struck, a “family discussion” changed his

Smart wasn’t immediately with his first ride on the at a Modena test track. didn’t need steering because with a 60-inch they wouldn’t go ’round anyway,” he recalls. “They pretty awful to ride, and too. There was loads of but it seemed to fire every lamp post.”

Appearances can be though, and Smart was shocked mechanics told him he had broken the lap held by Giacomo Agostini’s MV Agusta. “It hadn’t seemed I was that quick, because the hardly seemed to be revving at

So it was with confidence that arrived at “The Daytona of where the 750 SS would debut 70,000 rabid spectators. fast, sweeping circuit the Ducatis particularly well, and against works entries nine different manufacturers, were in a class of their Smart and Spaggiari qualified and second, ahead of Agostini on the MV.

When it came time to Ago lead from the start and out front for five laps. knew the race was his to lose overtaking Ago in Imola’s high-speed curve. “Ago found the MV a there and would ease off a bit, whereas the Ducati go through flat-out,” Smart “The fifth lap I kept it open and swept effortlessly him. It was a great demonstration of the handling, and after that it was either Bruno or I would It ended up being Smart, who away on the last lap to claim by 4 seconds.

That day, 23rd, 1972, was Smart’s birthday, which made the win satisfying. But the real birthday was That day began a Superbike the first of literally thousands of for the Bologna builder’s 90-degree V-twins. MC

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