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TT2

The 600 TT2 was the first Ducati racing bike equipped with a trestle frame.

Tony Rutter was the rider clinching the highest number of titles on the 600 TT2, including several races of the Tourist Trophy and the Ulster Grand Prix.

Two Ducati 600 TT2 on the starting grid at the Mugello Circuit.

 
 

In 1981 Ducati prepared an amazing racing twin based on the production Pantah: it was known simply as the TT2.

The frame was extremely light at just 7 kg. The fork was a Marzocchi with magnesium-dash alloy sheaths, while the single-shock cantilever rear suspension used a single Paioli unit. Also noteworthy were the Campagnolo ultra-light alloy wheels with a diameter of 18"; later the bike was fit with a 16" front wheel. 

The bike used a Brembo braking system with a twin 280 mm disk up front. The engine was pushed to the regulation limit - 597 cc. The bike, very light and so compact that it was ill-suited for tall riders, had a swept-back fairing and a fuel tank lodged between the frame's tubes.

This model was so successful that Ducati decided to make some "customer" versions for the private teams, which were queuing up to use this new creature designed by Fabio Taglioni.

From 1980 through to 1984, the 600 TT2 was basically unbeatable. In the Italian Championship the "winning aces" were respectively Walter Cussigh and Massimo Broccoli, flanked by Vanes Francini from Forlì, in addition to the first victories achieved by a young rider from Ravenna who, a few years later, saw his career tied to that of Ducati's: Davide Tardozzi. 

In the meantime, British rider Tony Rutter won the Tourist Trophy race on a Pantah 500 SL. Seeing that he had a chance of taking the title, Ducati gave him a TT2 to race at Ulster. Tony came in second, winning the world championship for the category. At the end of the season Massimo Broccoli took the Italian title on a TT2. In 1982 the TT2 won the Italian title with Walter Cussigh, while Rutter took the world title again. At the Tourist Trophy, Rutter's TT2 recorded a top speed of 232 km/h. In 1983 Rutter was world champion again.
Among other things the TT2 managed a 1-2 victory at the Isle of Man. Walter Cussigh took the Italian title again, and in 1984 Rutter won the championship one more time.

Palmares

1981 1st World Championship TT2
Tony Rutter
1981 1st World Championship TT2
Constructors Championship
1981
1st TT2 Italian Junior Championship
Massimo Broccoli
1981
1st TT2 Italian Junior Championship
Constructors Championship
1981
1st Italian Championship Endurance TT2
Perugini / Ricci
1981 1st Italian Championship Endurance TT2
Constructors Championship
1981
1st Championship Italian Mountain TT2
Mauro Piano
1981
1st Italian Junior Trophy TT - TT2
Amerigo Saltarelli
1981 1st World Championship TT2 - Isle of Man
Tony Rutter
1982
1st Battle of the Twins GP2 - American Championship
Joey Mills III
1982
1st Battle of the Twins GP1-American Championship
James Adamo
1982
1st World Championship TT2
Tony Rutter
1982
1st World Championship TT2
Constructors Championship
1982 1st Italian Championship Endurance TT2
Tardozzi / Rossi
1982 1st Championship Italian Mountain TT2
Mauro Plan
1982 1st Italian Championship TT2
Walter Cussigh
1982 1st TT2 Championship - Isle of Man
Tony Rutter
1983 1st World Championship TT2
Tony Rutter
1983
1st TT2 Italian Junior Championship
Walter Cussigh
1983
1st TT2 Italian Junior Championship
Constructors Championship
1983
1st Italian Championship Endurance TT2
Becchetti / De Cecco
1983
1st TT2 Championship - Isle of Man
Tony Rutter
1983
1st English Championship TT2
Graham McGregor
1984
1st World Championship TT2
Tony Rutterf
1984
1st Italian Junior Championship TT2
Fabio Barchetta
1985
1st TT2 Championship - Isle of Man
Tony Rutter

Technical specification

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