In 1981, the Ducati TT2 became the first racing Ducati to be equipped with the now-famous trellis frame. The bike you see here was the prototype, developed by factory test rider Carlo Saltarelli. That frame weighed just 15lbs and made room for a single, center-mount Paioli shock. Together, that made this bike the predecessor of the Ducati racing archetype. The 851, 888, 916, 999 and 1098 started here.
This bike is being auctioned in Monaco in May, along with 100 other notable Ducatis from Saltarelli’s collection.