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Virginio Ferrari: 80s Fever!

Virginio Ferrari: 80s Fever!


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Virginio Ferrari at Pellegrino Parmense on 19 October 1952.

Virginio entered the world of motorbikes at the age of 18 when a friend introduced him to a motorbike club in Milan to obtain a pilot’s license.

From there, the rest is history.

The beginnings

It was 1973 when Virginio took part in the 500 km of Modena, although 1975 was his winning year: on the Misano circuit, he won the Moto 1000 Trophy onboard his Laverda 750 SFC, the famous Breganze motorbike produced in three series from 1971 to 1977.

The blue patrol and the 500 class world championship

With Graziano Rossi, Lucchinelli, and Uncini he made his way through the 80s with the Italian patrol and became the pride of the motorbike tricolor.

Then, it’s 1979, 500 class world championship: Ferrari is thrown off at great speed and Kenny Roberts wins the title.

Virginio is taken in a hurry to Le Mans hospital, where he is rescued.

The 1987 World Championship

1987 is the year of true revenge: riding his Bimota-Yamaha 750, Ferrari becomes the F1 World Champion. He takes home first place at the Grand Prix Hungaroring, Hockenheim, Assen, and the 6 Hours of Monza.

After retirement: Ducati Team Manager and his own company

Virginio retires from racing but does not abandon the world of two wheels.

In 1994 he became Team Manager of the official Ducati team, collecting 43 victories in the Superbike World Championship with riders Chili, Corser, Falappa, Fogarty, Kocinski, and Lucchiari.

This incredible adventure ended four years later, in 1998.

And today?

Currently, Virginio is, with his company Virginio Ferrari Racing, importer of the MV Agusta, CAGIVA brands in Monaco, and official workshop of MV Agusta, Cagiva, and Ducati.

In short, you never forget your first love!

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