Moto Morini racing bikes, the 175cc Rebello and 250GP racer from the 1950s and 60s, Tarquinio Provini, vice-worldchampion 250cc 1963
Moto Morini was a very well known brand in motorcycle racing. It's founder, Alfonso Morini had raced motorcycles in the 1920s.
After Alfonso founded Moto Morini in 1946, the company turned to the manufacture of 175cc single 4 stroke models in the 1950s. In an effort to become competitive
in competition the 175cc Rebello was built. This bike was meant for private riders to join long distance racing in Italy.
For the rich history of Moto Morini you can look at the time line of this site:
In the early 1950s the Moto Morini 175 Rebello was introduced and used in production racing. It was meant for private riders to compete in long distance racing,
like 'Milano-Taranto' and also the 'Motogiro d'Italia'. These races were held on public roads! In the table below you can see the excellent results achieved with the
Rebello in the 175cc class: 3rd in 1954, 1st and 3rd in 1955 and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 1956!! From 1957 onwards, long distance racing on public roads was prohibited.
This meant also the famous car race, the 'Mille Miglia' (thousand miles) was banned. It had become too busy on public roads, racing became too dangerous.
The 175cc Rebello
Bore 60 mm
Hub 61 mm
DOHC (double overhead camshafts)
Weight 110 kg
- front 210 mm twin LS
- rear 190 mm single LS
Milano - Taranto 1954
Average speed (km/h)
Milano - Taranto 1955, 175cc class
Milano - Taranto 1956, 175cc class
The 175cc Moto Morini Rebello
on the 175cc Rebello
Clearly improving results:1954, 3rd place, 1955 2nd and 3rd, 1956: 1st, 2nd and 3rd!
Moto Morini 250 GP racer
1958 saw the highly successful 250 GP introduced, which almost gave Tarquinio Provini the 1963 World Title. Unfortunately,
Provini missed the race in former East-Germany (Berlin), due to a strike at the time. Due to this, he also missed valuable points for the World Championship.
During the '63 season Provini also missed the race in England as he was home-sick for Italy ;( On this website, there is a special page with an
excellent article on the 250 GP racer. The Morini 250 GP racer is still known as the world's fastest single cilinder motorbike!!
After the final race of the 1963 season (see the overview with the results of all the races), Honda did beat Moto Morini
by TWO points only. Nevertheless, the Moto Morini 250 single is still considered the fastest single of the world !
Above and below the 250 GP
without it's fairing. This one is from 1968
Tarquinio Provini in action on the 250 GP racer,
world's fastest single
Provini on the Imola racetrack back in 1961
Provini in 1963
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