The world’s most prolific motojournalist and MO contributor, Alan Cathcart’s latest book is out, and just in time for the holidays! Entitled Ducati Superbike 1988-2001, as the name suggests, this one covers the history of the Ducati factory’s Superbike racers during the desmoquattro era, when the new generation testastretta engine was introduced – from a hands-on perspective:
I was fortunate to be the only journalist in the world to have track tested all but two of the factory Ducati desmo V-twin Superbikes, writes Sir Al, which participated in the Superbike World Championship down the years from its foundation in 1988 up to 2015. This book is a compendium of such tests covering the years in the title.
My assessments of each bike frequently include the crucial insight of the men who raced them for the Italian factory, including Carl Fogarty, Troy Corser, Doug Polen, Giancarlo Falappa and Troy Bayliss. And not to be overlooked are the book’s exclusive photos, which show these historic Ducati factory racers both with and without bodywork, allowing Superbike race fans to admire the invariably previously hidden secrets of these wonderful bikes.
Ducati Superbike 1988-2001 is available in a limited edition of 996 copies (of course!) as a large-format 11.8 x 9 inches (30 x 23 cm) hardcover volume printed on quality paper, with 160 pages and 91 full page photos. It costs €35.00 (US$36.73 today) plus shipping, anywhere in the world. The book is only available via mail order to be sent duty-free anywhere in the world; books are generally not subject to import tax in any country.
The book has been published in two languages, English and Italian, by Cathcart’s colleagues at FBA Moto Italiane in Firenze, Italy, and full details and sample pages are available at their website here.