Posts by tag: Davide Tardozzi

Ducati July 9, 2016 posted by

The Real Thing: 1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Racebike for Sale

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa R Side

The term “race replica” can mean different things: a stock bike with a graphics design that mimics a famous competition machine, or an homologation machine that will be used in part or nearly whole in some form of production racing. But all that goes out the window here: this is a genuine World Superbike Ducati 851, as raced by Davide Tardozzi in 1990 and 1991.

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Clutch

Tardozzi was a rider and later team manager. He raced in the very first World Superbike event on a Bimota YB4 in 1988 and then had some success in both 1990 and 1991 riding for Ducati, with enough points to earn him a 10th place finish overall in 1991. Tardozzi won the European Superbike championship in 1991 as well. While he had some success as a rider, he was a far better team manager: under his leadership, Ducati flourished in the early days of WSBK and Fogarty, Corser, Toseland, and Bayless all rode for for him. Later, he worked for Ducati’s MotoGP team.

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Shock

Often overshadowed by the later 916, the 851 was a hugely significant bike for Ducati. Participation in the fledgling World Superbike series signaled their return to top-level production racing and brought them into the modern era. It was the first Ducati to feature their new Desmoquattro four-valve, liquid-cooled engine and showed that the company was ready to compete against the Japanese sportbikes on equal footing with no excuses, other than the displacement bump available to twins competing against 750cc four-cylinder machines.

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Termi

It’s a truly historic racing motorcycle, bathed in the glow of success at the top levels of the sport.

From the original eBay listing: 1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Superbike for Sale

Ducati 851 Corsa WSBK

Model year 1990 VIN ZDM888S*000155*


This bike was raced in the 1990 World SBK Championship and later in 1991 used by Tardozzi (works rider and then Ducati Corse director) to WIN the European SBK Championship.

Amazing bike, preserved conditions, full known history, part of my private collection for 10 years then sold to UK collector.

It comes with original GPM certification document.

Race, parade and collect! Bulletproof investment.

1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Dash

This is another bike from our favorite poster Gianluca, who appears to have access to the coolest bikes ever. There’s plenty of time left on the auction and bidding is just getting started. This bike is obviously not cosmetically perfect and probably never was: it’s a racing machine, designed to go very fast and look good from the grandstands as it flashes by at 180mph. It’s scuffed and dented and used, in the best possible way, with legitimate racing success woven into its DNA. And, as a bonus, it has a slightly anachronistic vintage white Veglia tachometer, with a literal red line painted on somewhere near 11,000rpm…


1990 Ducati 851 Corsa L Side

The Real Thing: 1990 Ducati 851 Corsa Racebike for Sale
Bimota November 22, 2012 posted by

Fantastico! 1986 Bimota DB1R Factory Racer

For Sale: 1986 Bimota DB1R Factory Racer

Update 2 11.22.2012: Originally posted in September, this DB1R is back on eBay but now has been lowered from $80k buy-it-now to $70k and opening bid is $60k with no takers yet. Links updated. -dc

Update: Looks like the seller provided updated information after we went to post. This is Dale Quarterly’s bike, and more details are available on the auction site. MI

What we appear to have today folks is an ultra rare Bimota DB1R factory works race bike. I say appears, because this is what we know from the seller:

From the seller:
Information to come

However, we have seen snippets of this bike before, and I point you to this wonderful article on what I believe to be the exact same bike. Even the price is the same, at $80,000 US dollars. Yes, you heard that correct. $80K plus shipping from New York will buy you a works DB1R factory racer. Since there is not much to go on, I’ll let the pictures doe the talking.

When the DB1 was released it was seen as impossibly small for a 750cc machine. Looking at the photos without bodywork you can see the heavy chassis triangulation and the concepts of mass centralization at work. According to the article mentioned above, this bike is one of four factory racers campaigned by Davide Tardozzi, Malcolm Tunstall, and Dale Quarterley.

This bike is available and on sale right now to anyone with the interest and finances to afford it. The BIN price is set at $80k – although the seller is open to offers. For your chance to own a significant piece of Rimini history – or if you just want a kick-butt track day bike – click the link and jump over to the auction. If any RSBFS reader has more info on this bike, please do leave a comment!