Like Dukes with Norton, Surtees with MV, Hailwoods with Honda and Sheenes with Suzuki, Carl Fogartys name will forever be linked with that of Ducati, for whom the Blackburne-born rider secured four World Superbike Championships in the 1990s, a monumental achievement unlikely to be bettered. Carls association with the Italian manufacturer began in 1992 - his second season in World Superbike - when he rode a privately entered Ducati 888, scoring a memorable debut victory in the second race at Donington Park. That win, plus the World Endurance Championship title that same year, earned him a place in the works Ducati World Superbike team for the 1993 season.
In addition to his works ride in WSBC, Carl was provided with the machine offered here, a Ducati 888 Corsa (Race) specially prepared by the factory to a specification higher than that enjoyed by other customer Corsas entered by private teams, with the intention of competing in non-clashing rounds of the British Championship and major events such as the Isle of Man TT and Northwest 200. Entered by UK importer team Moto Cinelli, the bike was used at Oulton Park, where Carl fell while contesting the lead, and at the Northwest 200 in Ireland, where he won both the superbike race and the feature Northwest 200 event, setting a new lap record of 122.49mph. As it happened, Carl did not contest the TT in 1993 and missed the other British Championship rounds, leaving the Corsa redundant until the Donington Park round of the World Superbike Championship, where it was ridden in practice by Niall Mackenzie. Towards the end of the domestic season it was entered in the Cadwell Park round of the British Championship, only to be crashed heavily in practice by rider Phil Borley. The machine could not be repaired in time for the race and was subsequently rebuilt around a new frame.
Late in 1993 the Corsa was purchased by Barry Reekie on behalf of his employers, the garden machinery manufacturer McCulloch, for their sponsored rider Michael Rutter to use in the TT Superbike races of the 1994 HEAT/British Supercup series. At the end of a season dominated by the Duckhams Norton rotaries of Ian Simpson and Phil Borley, Rutter finished fourth in the Superbike Championship despite a considerably smaller budget than many of his rivals. Painted in McCullochs distinctive bright yellow livery, the bike is pictured on page 187 of Motocourse, 1994-95.
The Corsa was retained as a spare for 1995, McCulloch having acquired a new-generation 916 for Rutter to use as his main machine, and at some time during 1996 was acquired by the vendor. It was completely restored - incorporating new crankcases, pistons, etc - in 1998 by John Hackett, mechanic with the Moto Cinelli team during the 1990s, and is superbly presented in its 1993 Foggy/Moto Cinelli livery.
- The frame number is ZDM888S002154.