Adamo, Leoni & Ducati Circa 1985
by chase winstead
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

To a generation of east coast race enthusiasts, Jimmy Adamo was crafty privateer who helped bolster the Ducati brand in US racing long before it became fashionable to race or own an Italian racing steed. For years his bikes were tuned by Reno Leoni, another east coast racing legend.

Here, via YouTube, is some incredibly rare footage of Adamo and Leoni at the 1985 Road Atlanta AMA National. It also includes footage of Leoni tuning a very early Cagiva two-stroke, four cylinder 500cc GP bike that Adamo rode in the F1 class.

The bikes are adorned with both Ducati and Cagiva branding as Cagiva was taking over Ducati in this era.

We're nearing the point where twenty years will have passed since Adamo was killed in a racing crash at Daytona, but to many racing fans this footage will help keep Adamo, the hardscrabble Ducatis he rode and his signature Arai helmet fresh in their minds.


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