Possibly the coolest Ducati Sport Classic on earth: Chris Gorel’s ThunderDuc, a heavily modified and extremely rapid 2006 model SportClassic. Since then, ThunderDuc has been upgraded even further into the ultimate track weapon.
The best news is that ThunderDuc 2.0 is fuel-mapped to run on pump gas. This bike has never been beaten on a track, or crashed, or scratched, or dropped. And as Gorel says, it’s “what a modern day cafe racer should look like as an actual race machine.” (Which is maybe why Rev’It! featured it in their 2008 catalog.)
The ThunderDuc started as a 2006 Ducati Sport Classic off the showroom floor of Martin Motorsports, Chris Gorel’s 8 year and growing employer. When Ducati NA offering 50 limited race kits for the Sport Classic this past February, Chris abandoned the Suzuki GSXR camp as he headed into his first expert season and took on the project of building a bike most would never consider race ready by any stretch. Rebuilding the bike from scratch through the key help from inside and outside the industry was essential as the machine had to be ready for testing quickly to make an impact on the season. After successful testing the ThunderDuc will be ready for the Lightweight and Thunderbike grids this Memorial Day weekend in all it’s retro-style race livery. For those familiar with the Ducati Paul Smart limited editions, this Sport Classic racer will be an eye-catcher for sure.