When the World Superbike Championship debuted at Donington Park in 1988, Ducati claimed its first podium. While piloting the Ducati 851 in race one, Marco Lucchinelli – the 1981 500cc GP Champion – earned second place.Lucchinelli would go onto to win two races that season before taking over as Ducati Team Manager. The Italian’s Ducati Superbike performances in 1988 were the start of a long history of podium finishes for the manufacturer based in Borgo Panigale just outside of Bologna.
And on Sunday during round eight of the 2015 SBK Championship at Marco Simoncelli Misano Circuit, Ducati achieved a milestone 800th podium in race one with Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team’s Chaz Davies at the controls of the 1199 Panigale R.Davies finished third that 21-lap event at Misano, but the factory Ducati Superbike Team wasn’t finished yet; Davies’ teammate Davide Giugliano earned podium #801 for Ducati with a runner-up finish in the second race.Ducati continues its reign as the winningest manufacturer in World Superbike, though top performances have slowed development continues on the 1199 Panigale. To date, Ducati has claimed 17 titles, 314 wins, 167 pole positions and 801 podiums.Misano also has much significance for Ducati when it comes to SBK podium milestones; on home soil, Ducati achieved the 800th podium with Davies, the 700th with Shane Byrne (2009), and the 600th with Regis Laconi (2005).Following are some of Ducati Superbike podium stats:
Podium # 1, Donington Park 1988, (Race 1): Marco Lucchinelli 2nd.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
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