More than anyone else, Claudio Castiglioni was responsible for rescuing the Italian motorcycle industry from oblivion in the early ’80s. Without his driving passion for performance, and his dedication to innovative engineering and exquisite Italian design, the motorcycle industry would look very different today. Ducati might be making diesel engines instead of superbikes, and Husqvarna might be building chainsaws and sewing machines rather than championship-winning off-road racers. MV Agusta would only exist in history books, and Cagiva would never have existed at all—much less won Grands Prix and ended BMW’s domination of the Paris-Dakar Rally. Without Claudio Castiglioni, motorcycling would be a less diverse—and much less beautiful—sport.