The world has lost yet another legendary rider as Ducati racer and icon, Paul smart has passed away. Paul tragically lost his life on the road in crash while on his motorcycle. He was 78 years old. He is survived by wife Maggie, as well as children Paula and Scott.
Smart is practically synonymous with Ducati having won the 1972 Imola 200 race aboard a Ducati GT750. The victory propelled the brand to international acclaim.
Ducati created the Paul Smart 1000 LE in 2006, and later the extremely limited Scrambler Paul Smart Limited Edition to commemorate this historic victory.
Smart was also a frequent competitor in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT). He scored his first podium in the infamous race (second place) in 1967 onboard a Norton Dominator. He took second again in 1969 in the same class. In 1970, he entered with Yamaha and secured third place in the Junior TT class.
Smart also entered the FIM 250cc Grand Prix World Championship, securing second place in 1971’s Swedish Grand Prix.
He retired from racing in 1978 but continued to work closely with Ducati after.