Sure, Larry Pegram's FX Ducati will start the Daytona 200. Marty Craggill's Beaudry Ducati was late getting here and missed yesterday's racing, but Craggill probably will make the Daytona 200 field as well. There is, however, no Ducati entry in the Superbike class. The factory withdrew from AMA Superbike racing at the end of 2006. No privateers have entered the Daytona Superbike race.
How long has it been since a Ducati-free AMA Superbike race took place? The answer is not easily sourced. We asked the AMA's media manager Larry Lawrence. Since the AMA's records consist of finishing positions and not races started, the question is not readily apparent.
The lineage is easily traced -- Ducati Austin, HMC, Dream Team Ducati, Vance and Hines, Fast by Ferracci -- making it likely a Ducati has entered in every Superbike race since at least the early 1990s and possibly longer.
What we do know -- a Ducati has started each Superbike race at Daytona every season since 1986.
Ducati has a storied history of Superbike racing in both World and AMA series. In fact, Troy Bayliss won a WSBK race last weekend on his Bologna-made machine.