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Steve,

Well its a bit less then I reminded, I thought I had seen more of this bike.  Part of the article of the race. There was no date with it so I Googled my way around and found this link;

http://www.ducatincr.com/html_eng/sto1.html#

Here they are talking about win's for Grau & Cannelas in 1973 and 1975. My idea is that this is the 1973 bike. See the same number on the Bike so I was right :-)

Translation summery;

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The Spanish riders Salvador Canellas and Benjamin Grau won after a brilliant race with the factory prototype 860 CC Ducati the 24 hours race of Barcelona, one of the most difficult events on the race calender. The small Spanish riders, who won both in previous races in Barcelona, smashed all the records completing 720 laps (2728,8 km) on the Montjuich Park Circuit improving the record of last years winning 360 CC Bultaco with 31 laps!

Averige speed was 113,7 km/h. The brand new Ducati 860 CC was a prototype of the factory with the Desmodromic valve system and a estimated power of 90 bhp. Chief mechanic Franco Farne worked on the machines and Fabio Taglioni was in Spain to keep an eye on his machines himself.

The Ducati was one of the favorites to win the race but had to face tough oposition from a Formula 750 Monocoque factory Norton, a factory 360 CC Bultaco and a semi factory 850 CC Moto Guzzi with factory test riders. Laverda was not present.

From the start at 8 p.m Canellas brought the Ducati in front and accomplished a 15 seconds lead after half an hour on Peter Williams with the Norton, then the Ducati team got a flat rear tire. Canellas brought the Ducati into the pit and in 4 minutes the rear wheel was changed, with 3 laps distance the team started chasing the Norton. The Norton faced a leaking oil tank after 2 hours............(the second page is missing but we have revealed the identity and year of the bike Dr. T is sitting on)

Cheers, Ron Verweij
Ron Verweij [ron@verweij66.fol.nl]

(Ron is talking about the photo of Dr Taglioni sitting on a racebike in my POSTER GALLERY)

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