Classic Ducatis and Champion Riders Gear Up For Showcase

World Champions and classic motorcycles on show at 1000 Bikes event

Collectors and fans of classic motorcycles are gearing up for a Ducati joyride this weekend, as a collection of the racing bike brand’s greatest Past Masters prepare for an appearance at this weekend’s festival of 1000 bikes at Mallory Park.

The Vintage Motorcycle Club event features a myriad of motorcycles from down the years, and culminates in a Ducati World Superbike showcase, featuring a collection of some of the biggest names from Ducati’s racing heritage.

Star names, including World Champions Carl Fogarty and Neil Hodgson headline an all star line-up that includes ex factory riders Marco Luchinelli, Dario Marchetti and Frankie Chilli.

It will be the first time Chilli and Fogarty have shared a track since the days of their fierce rivalry of the late Nineties’, and one of Ducati’s most revered champions, Paul Smart, will join them on a 750SS to celebrate 40 years since his famous win at the Imola 200.

However, for many it’s not the riders that will be the stars of the show, but the classic bikes, and the event includes some of the brand’s historical race motorcylces.

Neil Hodgson and Davide Tardozzi will be riding ex-factory 999R’s, Frankie Chili and Dario Marchetti will be riding ex factory 996′s, whilst Malcolm Wheeler will be riding his fully restored 750TT. Other notable entries are an ex-factory 888 belonging to John Hackett, a Ducati Supermono ridden by Alan Cathcart, a 750 F1 belonging to John Raybould and special edition 1199 S Panigale ridden by Carl Fogarty.

The Ducati World Superbike showcase session takes place at 2.15pm on Sunday 8th July at Mallory Park and there will be chances to meet the stars throughout the weekend.

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