Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
You might not know his name, but you know the team he manages if you ever watch the FIM World Superbike Championship series. Genesio Bevilacqua is team manager for the Althea Racing Team under which banner riders Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne contest the series with their shiny Ducati 1098R race machines. While he has been involved in the industry at many levels, Bevilacqua has also had the opportunity to amass a large collection of significant race bikes. His collection has been in Italy for some time, but you could only see it if you could get to its Civita Castellana location. Not anymore; “Moto dei Miti: Legendary Bikes” is now available to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.
Bevilacqua’s collection consists of over 50 significant motorcycles from the two-wheeled racing world – the list is much too long to print here. Included in that cache is the Morbidelli 125 with which close personal friend Paolo Pileri won the World Championship in 1975. He also possesses the Honda RS125 on which Loris Capirossi won his first World Championship under the guidance of Pileri. Moving to more modern fare, Bevilacqua holds onto the Ducati Desmosedici GP05 ridden by Capirossi and the GP07 that took Casey Stoner to the MotoGP World Championship in 2007. His collection would make any museum most proud indeed.
The new website comes with Bevilacqua’s own explanation of the collection (in both English and Italian) and introductions from industry luminaries Claudio Porrozzi and Fabrizio Marcucci. The entire exhibit space may be viewed by using the 360° clickable images available and choosing any of the bikes will bring up the characteristics and history of each machine. “Moto dei Miti: Legendary Bikes” is a true ‘virtual museum’ with brilliant photography courtesy of Fabrizio Porrozzi. Simply aim your favorite browser to the site and visit it for yourself: http://www.genesiobevilacqua.com/