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By Uwe Wachtendorf

May 20, 2008

Ducati's year at the Isle of Man TT

Mike "the Bike" Hailwood at the 1978 TT

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Next week’s running of the annual Isle of Man TT will mark the 50th anniversary of Ducati’s participation in the fabled race.

Ducati UK and IOMTT race organisers have decided to commemorate the occasion with a number of special events that are scheduled to take place during the TT.

For the first time, the Ducati Museum will visit the Isle of Man with a collection of historic motorcycles that have helped to write TT history. Race visitors will be able to get up close to the first ever Ducati TT entry, a 125cc Desmo and also Mike Hailwood’s 1978 TT winning Ducati.

It was on June 3rd, 1978 that Mike the Bike had achieved a stunning victory aboard a Ducati 900SS after returning from an eleven year hiatus from racing. The Formula 1 race, which pitted the 2 cylinder desmo that made 15 hp less than the bikes by Honda and Kawasaki, turned out to be one of the greatest triumphs in Ducati history.

Other motorcycles included in the exhibition will be Carl Fogarty’s 1994 World Superbike Championship winning 916, Neil Hodgson’s 2003 World Superbike Championship winning 999 and Casey Stoner’s 2007 Moto GP World Championship winning Desmosedici.

Carl Fogarty, Paul Smart, Sammy Miller, Trevor Nation, James Whitham and Michael Rutter are among the former and current racing stars that will be making guest appearances. Some of those stars will also be taking place in a special Parade Lap prior to the Senior Race on Friday 6th June. This will give spectators the chance to see some of the most historic and exotic Ducati machines in existence, ridden by some of the Ducati greats.

The 2008 IOMTT runs from May 29th, 2008 to June 7th, 2008.