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Theory and history of the Ducati Desmodromic engine

During a conference held by none other than Fabio Taglioni before a group of select journalists and industry experts back in 1989, the secrets of the Desmodromic system - the undisputed hallmark of the Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer's history since 1956 - were finally unveiled.

Taglioni led the audience through a detailed explanation of the technology, taking them on an exciting trip to the heart of the Desmodromic system, and then went on to recount how a handful of mechanics led by an engineer from the small town of Lugo managed to accomplish such a sophisticated project.

Readers are taken on a ride back in time through the ups and downs of the endeavour, and the story is made all the more captivating by a number of unusual anecdotes and peculiar details, topped with Taglioni's interesting personal considerations on his experience as Ducati's chief designer.

Ten years after the death of Fabio Taglioni, his words and his account of those days create a meaningful portrait of the last six decades of Italian motorcycling history.

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