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Ducati 916 Creator Sergio Robbiano Dies in Motorcycle Accident

It is a dark day for both the Italian motorcycle scene and for the world of motorcycle design: Sergio Robbiano, one of the best students of the late Massimo Tamburini, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. A man devoted to the motorcycling world, Robbiano was killed yesterday, in a bike crash in the Genoa region.
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Reports say that Robbiano,48, lost control of his motorcycle and impacted a truck head-on, being thus killed. The police have launched an investigation to determine the exact causes of the crash, but no detailed information was revealed to the press.

Sergio Robbiano’s name it tied to one of the iconic Ducati motorcycles, the Ducati 916, a bike derived from another milestone machine, the 888. Ducati 916 is the joint-effort creation of Tamburini and Robbiano, as was brought to life with the help of the Cagiva Research Center in San Marino. The L-twin engine got a longer stroke and a completely new management system. The signature Ducati trellis frame was complemented with new bodywork and a fresh, aggressive attire.

The Ducati 916 was also chosen as the base model for a very exclusive special edition dedicated to the memory of Ayrton Senna.

Robbiano is also the man behind several big names in the line-ups of more Italian manufacturers, and his involvement in the design of the Cagiva Mito Ev 125, Bimota 500 V2 and DB5 as well as in the becoming of certain Aprilia and Husqvarna machines was highly applauded. Even more, Sergio Robbiano has also designed some of the famous AGV helmets along the years.

Born in southern Italy at Palermo, Robbiano has lived in the north of the country in the city of Genoa for a long time. Just like his mentor and friend Massimo Tamburini, Sergio Robbiano will be remembered by his amazing legacy, and will be sorely missed.

 
 
 
 
 

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