The Moto Guzzi brand is inextricably linked to the history of motorcycle racing: from its very conception, the Mandello Eagle has accumulated an impressive series of victories, the first of which in the prestigious Targa Florio in 1921.
On its withdrawal from racing, in 1957, Moto Guzzi could count 15 world track titles and 11 Tourist Trophy titles among its many achievements.
Motorcycle legends of the calibre of Bruno Ruffo (twice in 250), Bill Lomas (twice in 350), Enrico Lorenzetti (250), Fergus Anderson (two-time 350 champion) and Keith Campbell (350) all scored world titles with the Eagle brand. This, in addition to seven Manufacturers' world titles.
In 1950, Moto Guzzi installed a state of the art wind tunnel at Mandello del Lario, the first manufacturer worldwide to do so. At that time, the company's racing division was a team of brilliant minds, with technicians such as Umberto Todero and Enrico Cantoni, and a designer who would soon make his mark: Milan native Giulio Cesare Carcano, the father of the 1956 Guzzi Otto Cilindri 500. A futuristic project that would go down in motorcycle history for its sophisticated technical solutions and 285 km/h top speed.