1993 Ducati Supermono | The Bike That Changed My Life

By Tod Rafferty, Photography by Auctions America

Rider: Jerry Wood
Then: Founder, Penguin Racing School
Now: Owner, J. Wood and Company Auctioneers

“I started racing in the Northeast in 1968. At the time there was just one roadrace a year at the old Bryar Motorsports Park (now New Hampshire Motor Speedway). Then in ’73 AAMRR came to Bryar, so there were regular roadraces. I raced continuously from that point on. By ’82 my wife and I had established three businesses and were very busy, so I decided to switch my focus to vintage racing, which was more relaxed.

“I got the Supermono in ’95, at age 48. After years on vintage machinery, the Ducati made me a real racer again. My fellow competitors complained about the 577cc single’s power, but it only makes 68 bhp! What makes it fast is the handling: You can run it into a corner as fast as you dare, turn it and get on the gas immediately without it sliding and high-siding. In 16 years of racing it, I’ve only crashed it twice: once when a rider ran me off the track and once when I hit oil.

“My Supermono is #21 of the first batch of 30 bikes that were produced in ’93. There was a second batch of 30 built in ’95, but that was it—it is one of the rarest Ducatis. Most are in museums, but I race mine.They sell for over $100,000, but my Supermono is priceless to me. I intend to ride it for as long as I am able, then park it in the living room. If it still runs at that point, I’ll have my sons ride it just so people can see and hear the Supermono go around the track. A bike this magnificent deserves to be ridden.”

By Tod Rafferty
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