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Lusuardi GP Motorcycles

Claudio Lusuardi built GP frames and engines. Several machines bore his name.

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Introducing the founder of Ducati Modena.

Claudio Lusuardi was born December 30, 1949 in Modena.

He took part during his first race in Milano Marittima on an Itom 50cc. That same year, he began to work in the workshop of Villa brothers, Francesco and Walter. This first sport motorcycles were Ducati and Mondial. Villa brothers began to produce motorcycles "Moto Villa" as their trademark. Then, Claudio began to build motorcycles rather than just repair them.

He debuted in races of regularity with Motom but then, he preferred speed races with a Derbi 50.

He participated in Italian Cadets Champions with Moto Villa.

He debuted in the World Championship, first in the 50cc class and then in the 125 and 250 categories.

1974 He wins the Italian Championship on a Villa 50.

Once again, he wins the Italian Championship but this time with the Spanish Derbi.

He opens his first workshop and participated in the World Championship with a motorcycle he build himself, so he named it "Lusuardi".

Claudio Lusuardi and Walter Villa join the Nolan and took part in three classes: class 50 with official Bultaco, class 125 with Morbidelli and class 250 with Harley-Davidson which Team Nolan found in the race department of Varese.

The automobile race track of Modena is reopened for the tests of the two champions after being closed for 2 years. This demanded great efforts cleaning the track.

Angel Nieto wins the Spanish Championship riding a motorcycle with an aluminium chassis built by Claudio Lusuardi. Benjamin Grali took second place using the same chassis.

After winning 5 Italian Championships and 2 third places in the World Championship, he retires from racing in order to dedicate himself exclusively to the construction and preparation of motorcycles.

He became chief technician of Team Italia in FMI and contributed in the creation of Luca Cadalora's motorcycle, making his entrance in the European Championship.

Riding the same motorcycle, Bruno Casanova won the Italian Championship and obtained second place in the European Championship.

He retired from Team Italia and began a career as a tradesman and repairer.

Claudio Castiglioni made him the director of the Lucky Explorer Cagiva Team in Sport Production Italian Championship. A year later, he won the championship with Roberto Bellei.

He again won the Sport Production Italian Championship with Valentino Rossi on the Cagiva Mito 125.

By that time, Cagiva and Ducati are associated with Claudio Castiglioni, who offered him a Ducati Concessionaire. He retired from the racing world.

Mon Dec 21 2009
fork marzocchi grand prix
:lusuardi 50 cc grand prix 1979
I am occupied to restore a framework Lusuardi 1979 50cc, I am in search of a fork for Marzocchi, disc brake or other.
could you say to me so possibly you know or I can find this fork
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Very rare Lusuardi 50 cc GP, engine Kreidler 6 gear, built and built by Aalt Toersen, 16 hp, aluminium frame (project Piovaticci) fork Marzocchi magnesium 30mm, wheels Campagnolo, absorber rear Bitubo gp, ignition and rev counter Krober. The Lusuardi is ready for run.
Lusuardi 50 cc GP with Kreidler engine
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Claudio Lusuardi

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