After the huge success of the Massimo Tamburini designed 916/996/998 series, a new desmodromic Ducati v-twin was introduced in 2003. Designed by Pierre Terreblanche, the Testastretta 999’s styling was instantly controversial as it was so different to its 916 series predecessors. However, nobody doubted the new model’s capabilities and the 999 was successful in the World Superbike Championship, with Ducati riders winning the series in 2003 (Neil Hodgson), 2004 (James Toseland) and 2006 (Troy Bayliss), while Gregorio Lavilla took the 2005 British Superbike title also riding a Ducati 999.
This Ducati 999 is a tribute to James Toseland’s 189bhp F04 World Championship winning Fila Ducati of 2004. It’s equipped with a variety of top-spec parts including Brembo brakes (SBKR front calipers), Ohlins suspension, 16.5-inch Marchesini wheels, Termignoni exhaust, a dry clutch and Digitek instrumentation. It is also fitted with an actual fairing used (and slightly abused) by James Toseland during his very closely-fought but ultimately successful 2004 season.
Whether used in anger, in classic parades or on static display, this fabulous Ducati’s new owner will not be disappointed.