851 SBK ’90

In 1990, on the seat of the 851 the French rider Raymond Roche won the first rider’s title for Ducati in the Superbike World Championship.

Raymond Roche during a Superbike World Championship race in 1990.

Following Roche’s success, in 1991 Ducati decided to increase engine displacement to 888cc.


Ducati made its third attempt and finally took the title in 1990. With the performance of the previous year with its 851 under its belt, the team from Borgo Panigale stole the limelight throughout the season with Raymond Roche.

The French centaur won the team's first riders' title with 391 points in the overall ranking and 8 first places.

The successes continued over the years that followed, highlighting to what extent Ducati dominated this category.



1990 1st World Superbike Championship
Raymond Roche
1990 1st Battle of the Twins GP2 - American Championship
Fabian Cortez III
1990 1st Battle of the Twins GP1 - American Championship
Jamie James
1990 1st Battle of the Twins of the Mountain - Italian Championship
Claudio Truffa
1990 1st Battle of the Twins - Italian Championship
Danilo Toschi

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