To commemorate legendary British racer Mike Hailwood's triumphant win in the 1978 Isle of Man TT race, this replica became Ducati's best seller in the early 1980s. It was produced from 1979 until 1986 and was based on a restyled and customized 900 SuperSport. Wearing the red, green and white of the Italian flag, the MHR was an 860cc V-twin with desmodromic valve train. The Gran Prix-style front fairing was originally one piece, but was later split into two sections for better access to the mechanics beneath.
The 1982 model was equipped with side panels for the first time, which provided some protection for the battery and other electrical components. The first 500 or so Mike Hailwood Replicas came with a certificate of authenticity. Mike Hailwood, who began racing at age 18, chalked up nine world championships and over 70 Gran Prix vistories.