We previously chronicled the pathway that brought AMA Superbike privateer legend Dale Quarterley back to the MotoAmerica paddock as the team owner of Quarterley Racing/On Track Development. And, speaking of “development,” Quarterley’s team continues to develop and expand in terms of riders as well as racebikes and racing classes.
At the beginning of the 2018 MotoAmerica season, Fast by Ferracci became a team sponsor of Quarterley Racing/On Track Development, which reunited famed motorcycle mastermind Eraldo Ferracci with one of his former riders, who is, of course, Quarterley himself. The support that Ferracci provided to Quarterley back in 1988 paid off with an AMA Pro Twins Championship on a Fast by Ferracci Ducati 851.
Eraldo Ferracci is never far from some kind of Ducati motorcycle, and though Quarterley Racing/On Track Development is campaigning Kawasaki Ninja 400s in Liqui Moly Junior Cup with riders Jamie Astudillo, Dallas Daniels, and recent addition Renzo Ferreira, a Ducati racebike has found its way into the team’s stable.
Team member and long-time Ferracci friend and customer Bob Robbins owns a trio of air-cooled Ducatis, so Robbins and the team decided to get involved in MotoAmerica’s Twins Cup. They prepped Roberts’ 2014 Ducati Monster 796, and talked with MotoAmerica Technical Director James Morse about homologating the bike for competition.
While the bike goes through the process of homologation, Quarterley Racing brought it to New Jersey Motorsports Park, and Ferreira was aboard the air-cooled, two-valve L-twin Monster in Twins Cup Practice 1. He will race the bike even though he and the team are aware that he won’t be scored in the official results until the bike is fully homologated.
“We like the Twins Cup class, and we want to see it grow.” Robbins said. “We’ve got the best Ducati technician in the business, and I have the bikes, so we’re excited to expand our team’s footprint to a second MotoAmerica race class. And Renzo (Ferreira) was all-in on racing the bike, especially at New Jersey, which is his home track.”
The synergy was perfect, and for the New Jersey round, the team will evaluate the bike’s competitiveness within the class.
“We’re running the 2014 Monster 796 for these last two rounds of the season,” Robbins said. “But, I’ve also got the newer Monster 797 prepped and ready to race next season. “It’s got a Ducati Desmosedici full fairing on it, and it’s even racier than this 796 that Renzo is riding this weekend.”