Paul Smart, a legend in motorcycle road racing and synonymous with the Ducati brand, has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident at age 78. He leaves behind his wife, Maggie, and children Scott and Paula. He also leaves behind a legendary racing career spanning decades.

Ducati Racing History

Smart won the inaugural Imola (a “European Daytona 200”) on a Ducati 750. He win on that bike which had the frame, brakes, suspension, and now-classic desmodromic engine of a production touring motorcycle. He helped put the Ducati marque on the map. 

His racing career began around the age of 22. He attended a race school in 1965 at Brands Hatch Race Circuit, which set the hook. Smart rode and raced the Isle of Man TT, as well. He won second place in the 750 Production race in 1969 and 1970.

The Smart Family’s Statement

A statement from the family reads, in part:

“Paul was a hugely popular character in and out of the paddock, and much loved by his family, friends and fans around the world. He was 78.

He will forever be synonymous with Ducati, the Italian brand he propelled to international acclaim with victory in the 1972 Imola 200 race. Paul also shared a special affinity with the Brands Hatch circuit, having lived literally next door in West Kingsdown for many years.

So much more can and will be written in the days and weeks ahead about a life well lived that has been tragically curtailed.”

Paul Smart will be remembered among his contemporaries, legends all: household roadracing names like Mike Hailwood, Malcolm Uphill, Giacomo Agostini. The Paul Smart Edition Ducati 1000 remains among the most recognizable and beautiful Ducatis ever made.

Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone who knew and loved Mr. Smart.

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