The desmo Ducati is reliable up to a then-shocking 15,000 rpm. Gianni Degli Antoni laps the field at the Swedish GP but is killed before the next race. His death is a setback to the Ducati racing effort.
Also in 1986, the 750 Paso hits the market. It’s named after Renzo Pasolini, a rider killed at Monza. The bike is designed by Massimo Tamburini.
At the Cologne Motor Show in the fall, a Monster is born. Ducati displayed its Monster 900 for the first time. The bike includes the trellis frame from the 851/888 series and the 904cc air/oil cooled engine from the Supersport range.
SBK: Troy Corser wins another title for Ducati.
SBK: Fogarty, on the now venerable 916, proves he can still set things on fire just by looking at them.
SBK: Fogarty, 996.
The 996 SBK replaced the 916 SBK. Like the 916, the 999 featured a desmodromic double camshaft, L-Twin cylinder engine and a trellis frame. New on the bike were lighter three-spoke wheels and an improved Brembo braking system.
The ugly-duckling Multistrada is launched. (Luckily for Ducati, it’s only ugly until it’s been ridden.)
The Multistrada begets the Hypermotard.
MotoGP: Casey Stoner wins the World Championship! It all comes together for Ducati in the first year of the new 800cc formula. The Desmosedici gets great fuel mileage, allowing it to make more power when it’s needed. Stoner is the rider who adapts best to the Magneti Marelli traction-control system. It’s decisive.
With the 1098R, Ducati is the first manufacturer to introduce true traction control in a production machine. Though the engine’s actual displacement is 1198cc, the company decided against naming it such due to negative perceptions from Americans and their similarly named tax forms.
Troy Bayliss wins his third and final world superbike championship, fulfilling his goal to win three championships on three different generations of Ducati superbike: 998, 999 and 1098. He then capped off his fairytale season by retiring on top.
In another bold move, though one that wasn’t as much of a surprise, Valentino Rossi leaves Yamaha and joins the Ducati MotoGP team, replacing Casey Stoner, who defected for Honda.