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Ducati Slays The Orange Beast

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Joe Kopp gives Ducati its first-ever AMA Flat Track win in Arizona.
Last weekend Ducati finally toppled the juggernaut Harley-Davidson had in the realm of AMA Grand National Flat Track racing when Joe Kopp won the Yavapai Downs Mile.

Kopp used a Lloyd Brothers/Latus racing dirt tracker powered by an air-cooled Ducati 1078cc L-Twin engine as used in the Hypermotard 1100 to best the Harley-Davidson XR750 piloted by Sammy Harbert. Kopp’s victory marks the top-level dirt track race win for Ducati. Furthermore it is also the first-time America’s legendary motor company has lost a flat track mile race in nearly 17 years.

Ducati will get its next opportunity to slay the Orange Beast later on this month at the legendary Springfield Mile in Illinois.
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adam-motousa -good ? May 6, 2010 07:34 PM
i checked out the rules and the displacement limit for the class is 1250ccs. however 'racing only' engines like he harley's is limited to 750ccs. since the ducati engine is production-based and readily avaliable it's legal.
Superlight -Question May 6, 2010 06:10 PM
As a long-time Ducati owner this is good news, but how can the rules allow the Duck to displace 1078cc while the Harley is at 750cc? Both engines are air-cooled and 2V, so what gives?