Before the 750 Super Sport V-twin and Paul Smart
and Bruno Spaggiari’s amazing 1-2 at Imola in 1972, no Ducati bike could go
as fast as the 450-cc Desmo Corsa.
The 450 Desmo Coras first
appeared at Rimini in 1968, where it amazingly pulled 50 horsepower at 9,000
rpm. The 450 had twin plug ignition, larger valves, a 42-mm Dell’Orto
carburetor, and a 10-to-1 compression ratio, reinforced swing arm and
Fontana twin leading shoe front brake.
The rich racing history of the
450 Desmo Corsa is a true testament to its reputation as one of the fastest
era bikes in the Italian bike maker’s history.