The year 1975 was to be the deciding year for the 750 Super Sport in Italian production racing. The front row of race grids would frequently be all-750 affairs, and on one occasion 750 SS’s occupied six of the top 10 finishing spots, led by 1-2-3-4. Although the square case engine from the 860 GT was in production, most racers preferred the proven round-case engine, which was developed further throughout the year, with high-rise exhausts and improved brakes.
The year started providentially, with Franco Uncini joining Ducati’s Scuderia Spaggiari works team from Laverda, but the first win went to Carlo Saltarelli at Misano on 31 March. Giulio Sabatini shared wins with Uncini at the Trofeo Maximoto at Vallelunga on 25 April and 1 May, while at the Gino Magnani trophy race at Misano, Uncini, Sabatini and Adelio Faccioli went 1-2-3. The next race at Pergusa in Sicily was won by Raoul Martini on a 750 SS, and Saltarelli was 3rd.
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September 5th of this year was a sad day for MotoGP fans all over the world. On this date, Technomag-CIP rider Shoya Tomizawa died after crashing into a corner in the Misano World Circuit in Italy. Tomizawa was only 19 at the time of the accident.
The young rider was competing in the inaugural San Marino Grand Prix race for the newly created Moto2 class. Tomizawa was approaching the Curvone corner on lap 12 when he lost control of his bike and was thrown onto the track. He was then hit by the the bikes of riders Scott Redding and Alex de Angelis, who were right behind him when the accident happened. Tomizawa was immediately rushed to the circuit’s medical center then to a hospital in nearby Rccione where he died due to severe cranial, thoracic, and abdominal trauma.
Last Sunday, two weeks after Tomizawa’s death, the MotoGP Paddock paid him a tribute in a special ceremony held at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain. The Technomag-CIP team rolled his bike onto the starting grid and a minute of silence followed, in his honor. Riders attending the tribute also placed the #48 (Tomizawa’s number) onto their uniforms, helmets, and bikes as a sign of respect. Tomizawa was laid to rest in his hometown of Asahi, Chiba in Japan on Sept. 15.
MotoGP also announced that the number 48 will be retired from the Moto2 races as one of the tributes to him. Furthermore, Tomizawa will be posthumously awarded the Michel Metraux trophy, given the best rider in the category. The award was given after Tomizawa’s fellow riders unanimously voted for him upon the suggestion of current Moto2 leader Tom Elias. His family will receive the trophy in the next Grand Prix in Japan this November.
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The rain started falling early this morning, on the Misano circuit, forcing riders and teams to perform the free practice session in wet conditions. The session, that took place under intermitted rain, lasted 30 minutes longer. It was extended as the new track has never hosted a race and was never tested till today.
The rain came pouring down in torrents on the new Misano World Circuit just a few minutes to the start of the 125 class qualifying practice, putting an end to it. The track (...) > Full story
On September 2nd, the second Italian stop of the MotoGP World Championship will take place at Misano World Circuit in Misano Adriatico, the circuit which just held the fifth world gathering of Ducatisti in the end of June.
Ducati is offering all of its fans the opportunity to attend the race in a grandstand reserved for the followers of the incredible Stoner and Capirossi, just how it was in Mugello last June. Once again you will be able to experience a day full of excitement shared with (...) > Full story