1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624

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Lot 552
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa
Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 22,650) inc. premium
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa
Frame no. ZDM916S-007159
Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
This Ducati 955 Factory Corsa is one of only 31 supplied by Ducati to the world’s top race teams for the 1996 season at a cost of £35,000 each. This particular machine was prepared by Ducati racing specialists John Hackett Performance and raced by Sean Emmett in that year’s World Superbike Championship. The project’s story was serialised by Performance Bikes magazine throughout 1996 and both the written articles and pictures confirm how little the bike has changed since it was first constructed. Sean Emmett raced this bike at the Australian (Philip Island), Dutch (Assen) and Spanish (Albacete) WSB Championship rounds in 1996. A scrutineering sticker from Australia and an exhaust test sticker from Assen are still in place on the bike. Sean also competed on it in the final round of the 1996 British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, finishing in 2nd place in the 1st Superbike race and 4th in the 2nd.

Soon after the Donington meeting, the bike was caught up in a legal battle involving Emmett’s sponsors. These matters were finally resolved at the end of 2001 and the bike was then sold to Pro Twins, a Surrey-based motorcycle dealer, which sold on the original, garishly painted bodywork. The machine is now as it would have left the Ducati factory, finished in red.

Pro Twins then sold the Corsa to Tom Knight (1992 Senior Manx GP winner) who bought it to race in the MRO Championship and used the 996cc capacity option for these races (approximately nine in total). Before the current owner purchased the bike it was returned to its original 955cc specification and rebuilt with new big-end shells, titanium rod bolts, etc. Tom Knight confirmed to the vendor that the crankshaft is mirror polished and bears Sean Emmett’s the engraved signature. Thus the engine internals remain substantially original, a very rare occurrence in a factory-built superbike of this period, especially a Ducati. The only addition to the above specification is the conversion to electric start; although not original it is highly practical and the machine can be returned to standard relatively easily if required.
The vendor bought the bike from Tom Knight in 2004 and competed in only one race on it, at Aintree in 2005, winning the inaugural Twins class by a substantial margin and lapping faster than he had ever done before. That Aintree outing (12 laps of the 1.7-mile circuit) is the only time that the bike has been raced since its engine rebuild. To the vendor’s knowledge this machine has competed in a combined total of approximately 14 meetings and has never been crashed, a quite extraordinary record for an 11-year old racing motorcycle.

Currently forming part of the vendor’s private collection of Ducati race bikes, this Corsa is now regarded as too precious to be raced and is thus for sale. It represents a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine factory-built 955 Corsa with in-period World Superbike and British Superbike Championship history which, because of its peculiar ownership circumstances and consequent lack of use, remains in remarkably original condition.
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
1996 Ducati 955 Factory Corsa Frame no. ZDM916S-007159 Engine no. ZDM916W4-007624
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