The ex-Guido Del Piano
1981 Ducati TT2
The limited-edition Ducati TT2 marked the factory's official return to competition after leaving the scene in 1975. A completely new, extremely light space-frame, designed by the great Fabio Taglioni and built by Verlicchi, was introduced at the same time. This was a steel trellis configuration with cantilevered monoshock swingarm that would figure heavily in the company's future, very compact and strong, with a short, tight-turning wheelbase of 55 inches. The motorcycle was fitted with 35mm Marzocchi racing forks featuring magnesium-alloy sliders and 280mm Brembo front discs. Campagnolo ultra-light 18-inch alloy wheels kept overall weight to a minimum. Claimed dry weight was a svelte 287 lbs.
Power came from a hot-rodded version of the Pantah V-twin, bored to 597cc and developing 76 horsepower at 10,750 rpm. Veteran British rider Tony Rutter soon put the new machine to good use, winning the Formula II world title in 1981, then repeating as champion in '82, '83 and '84. In Italy, Walter Cussigh won every round of the home country's 1982 F2 championship riding a TT2. Rutter added to the TT2's impressive win tally with numerous victories in the Isle of Man F2 races, circulating the treacherous 37-mile street course at an average speed in the 108-mph range, a remarkable feat for a production-based four-stroke twin.
This TT2, looking like it just came from the paddock, was campaigned by Italian up-and-comer Guido Del Piano, who has autographed the gas tank.
- Please note that the frame number for this motorcycle is DM000006.