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Celebrate il duca di desmo with Ducati

Ducati’s Fabio Taglioni, the genius behind the desmodromic engine, was born 100 years ago. The Italian stable has released a short series of films on YouTube to celebrate his incredible life and engineering achievements on road and track.


Born in the Motor Valley of Romagna in September 1920, Taglioni graduated in mechanical in engineering in 1943. By 1952 he was working for the successful motorcycle manufacturer Mondial, but famously walked out after the firm won the Motogiro and he was not invited to the celebrations.


Taglioni’s talent was as big as his pride, and despite a generous offer to join Ford, he signed for Ducati as Technical Director in 1954. He would stay for 30 years.


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