Mike Hailwood was a British professional motorcycle racer and racing driver. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time.
A nine-time world champion, Hailwood won 76 Grand Prix races during his motorcycle racing career, including 14 Isle of Man TT victories and four consecutive 500 cc world championships. After his motorcycle racing career concluded, he went on to compete in Formula One and other classes of car racing, becoming one of the few men to compete at Grand Prix level in both motorcycle and car racing. He returned to motorcycle racing at the age of 38.
In 1978, Mike Hailwood staged a legendary comeback after an eleven-year hiatus, winning the Formula 1 class aboard a Ducati 900 SuperSport.
The following year, production of the Ducati 900 MHR (Mike Hailwood Replica) began.
Very few bikes are as famous as Mike Hailwood's 1978 TT-winning Ducati NCR 900F1 and now, still 45 years on, these Italian machines are made to be as close as possible to the historic racer. Fans agree that the natural force of Hailwood as a rider and his silky smooth style on the track is remembered in this replica.
Ducati has tweaked the original race-bike for usability – Moving from a single piece fairing to a two-piece fairing to make servicing easier. Other notable upgrades include Brembo brakes and Conti silencers.
Our Hailwood Replica came from the legendary racer and Italian Classic Motorcycle specialist Pietro Di Marino. (We seem to buy a bike every time we go to Motori Di Marino). Pietro helped us to get the bike repainted, re-chromed and the engine professionally cleaned. This bike is a gorgeous example of a stylish Italian racer.
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