Franco Dall’Ara burned the electronic ignition, Edoardo Dossena broke the back tyre and Piluigi Laureati’s second gear failed, but Augusto Taiocchi, Romualdo Consonni and Fausto Vergani won the gold medal, while Carlo Rinaldi achieved the silver one. Italy ranked 8th at the Trophy.
The 350 racing in England were the first of a single lot consisting of 30 pieces, which has never been produced again.
1972 Thanks to the fame and attention bearing inevitably around the Bologna brand, a lot of lovers got closer to the beautiful RTs and their success lasted for the following season too, though the parent company showed a clear lack of commitment.
Once more Romualdo Consonni and Franco Dall’Ara , racing together, were the best, they won the class over at the 12 hours in Franciacorta.
Then, the few bikes keeping on racing left suddenly the stage and for a few years no Ducati’s off road motorbikes were heard of again.
1975 Only a few years later, anyway too late to catch a falling trend, Ducati tried to fill in the gap, so on the Milan Motorshow it presented a completely new motorbike, the Ducati 125 Off Road.
It was equipped with a two stroke engine, which was designed according to the best engines commonly used at that time, powered 123.7cc (54x54), able to release 21cc at 8500 rounds, and with a good six-speed gearbox.
Forks and shock absorbers by Marzocchi, gas fuelled on the back, combined to the classical pneumatic by Metzler, in the classical measures front 300x21 back 3,50x18.
The bike was complete and well structured, but already old-fashioned if compared to the fierce competition, it had heavy lines due to a low and bulky exhaust and had a scarce success.
A few years later, Ducati tried a more sprinty model, maybe the first model which matched the producer’s and off-road bikers’ needs.
It was bad luck that it all happened in the late 70s, the worst years ever for the off-road sector, which was trying to find a new identity and new spaces to reach again the ancient gorgeousness.