~ Street Racing at Montjuich in Barcelona, Spain ~

Steve,

The Spanisch Mototrans Ducati factory once produced the 24 Horroras. The bike reflected pretty much the event it was named after. Road racing in the style that is disappearing but that was business as usual in 1982 and had a World Championship Endurance status in those days.

I have never been there but two of my older brother went there on their bikes a 750 Yellow Sport and a Laverda 750 SFC. I liked their stories and pictures that much that I persuaded my brother to submit these to you.

The Montjuich 24 hours was always an event where Ducati (factory) teams attended regularly. Montjuich is the name of a big park in Barcelona. As visitor of the event you could camp in the park. The track was an open road that during practice and racing was closed and partly went through the park and the city. Some of the pictures show curbs, buildings, etc. a couple of heybales should do the work for the riders. One very interesting corner was formed by taking partly a roundabout with a fountain in the middle............can you believe it. Just 15 minutes after the race was finished the track was opened for normal life again.

In 1982 2 factory supported Bevelhead NCR Ducatis attended with local riders. The Ducati in the pictures was the Mallol/Tejedo team, local riders with a lot of track experience and guts. They finished 4th in a pack of French factory supported YamaHonSukiKawa's.

A couple of crashes at the TT1 and TT2 (i.e. Tony Rutter on a Verlichi Pantah) races later in the 80's was the end for an event unmatched in Ducati History.

Cheers,

Ron Verweij [ron@verweij66.fol.nl]

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