5. Ducati Diorama
1997 was Mat Mladin’s second year of AMA Superbike racing, and his first and last one on a Ferracci Ducati. On this ’97 955 RS, he got his first AMA wins at Phoenix, Road America, New Hampshire and Las Vegas, along with his mojo back. The following year, the Yoshimura dollars beckoned, and MM returned to California to commence becoming the winningest rider in AMA Superbike history. This Ducati has all the best stuff that was legal and probably some that was not, including a Corse frame, carbon tank, magnesium clamps and swingarm. It had a digital Weber-Marelli dash, but Mladin insisted on analog, so that’s what it’s got now. Flip the switch, and the lights come on. She’s-a ready to go, as Ferracci would say. But she’s going nowhere, since these were the days when Ducati race engines were routinely changed after every race.
“I can only afford to look at it,” says Redpath in his Kiwi accent, “I can’t afford to crash it or blow it up.”
And here’s a rare and lovely 2002 Bimota DB4R, just because it was there. Maybe 30 R models were built that year. This one’s 944cc and fed by a pair of FCR 41mm flatslide carburetors through CNC ported heads. Inside are Pankl titanium rods and Corse race cams, etc. Dymag carbon wheels are nice. It’s showing 5373 miles, and puts out around 130 horsepower. Not bad for an old air-cooled Duc.