Perhaps you’ve heard the stories about the legenday Imola 200. It was a non-championship race for a few years that drew the elite of motorcycle road racing and saw a wide variety of of machinery from Grand Prix two strokes to big bore Superbikes of the day.
The Paul Smart replica Ducati, takes it’s cues from the bike in this race. It was the first taste the Europeans would have of the man we call King Kenny, and the Spanish called “The Alien”
This past fall, many of the racers and their bikes were brought back to the track to have some fun, and let everyone remember what it was like “back in the day”.
Two Wheel Tuesday for this week is MASSIVE! With the opening round of the World Superbike series less than two weeks away, I thought something to get you revved up for the season is called for.
There was a lot of talk about a “Duel In The Desert” between Rossi and Bayliss, but I ask you, could it live up to the “Throwdown At Imola”? Remember the WSBK title battle between Edwards and Bayliss? Troy had dominated the first half of the season opening a huge lead in the Championship, but come just past mid season at Laguna Seca, The Texas Tornado caught fire and went on a winning streak and come the last round of the series there were just a couple of points separating the two, the championship would be decided in the final round at Imola.
What we got were maybe two of the greatest races ever as these two went at it with everything they had and left it all on the track! I’ve watched this clip of race two maybe a hundred times (no joke) and I still get excited to watch the pass and repass moves.
Sit back and crank it up as we relive real Days Of Glory!