Fifth race of the 1993 season, Salzburgring Austria.

A yellow bike in front of everyone in 250, a yellow Honda, it was Doriano Romboni. A vivid memory of “Rombo”, a pilot we admired and always gave everything on and off the track. It was his first career victory in 250. Tight duel in those roaring years for the two strokes. Doriano, after having conquered the pole, on Sunday won in a sprint after a close battle with overtaking at the limit for only 5 cents on Loris Capirossi.

Less than a month later in the German Grand Prix in the glorious and fast Hockenheim, he grabbed for only 9 cents, the victory, on Capirossi again. It was a beautiful summer double win in Teutonic lands for the rider born in Lerici.

Fifteen days passed and the circus arrived in Assen. An often traitor truck, for many. In fact, a bad fall reduced Doriano’s ambitions. He fell during the first lap in the middle of the corner at 150 km per hour. The verdict was the fracture of tibia and fibula of the right leg, season almost ended. It was a hot summer on ‘93 for the World Championship. A prelude of the upheaval of the main class that took place on 5 September in Misano. While he was dominating the race, Wayne Rainey on his way out of the corner known as “Curvone” slipped apparently harmless. It was the fall that ended his competitive career.

Kevin Schwantz on his Suzuki then won that World Championship but with the last races without his biggest rival it was no longer the same. Doriano re-entered convalescent in Brno in ’93, at Misano he retired, but at Laguna Seca where he always expressed his maximum career he took a superb second place behind Loris Capirossi, after only two and a half months from his injury (!). He finished fifth overall in the championship standings. Behind the sacred monsters of the category like Harada, who conquered the World Championship with Yamaha, Capirossi, Reggiani and Biaggi.

Doriano continued his career in his favorite category again in ’94 and ’95, winning two victories and many podiums. 1994 was his best season with the fourth place overall in the World Championship, with eight podiums and the beautiful victory at Laguna Seca, on September 11th 1994 in front of Max Biaggi.

Courageous as always, in his competitive path, he enthusiastically married the Aprilia project in 500 for the 1996 season. David against Goliath.

With the RSW-2 500, 2 cylinders of the Noale house, he will compete in the world championships in ’96 and ’97. Rollbacks and beating in his first year as rookie, but in 1997 he made his great feat in Assen. After the second place in testing behind the poleman Doohan, he get a fantastic podium conquered with the rain that nine laps from the end created an epic race with impossible adherences. In the second “round” Doriano with his Aprilia run wild getting very close to Mick Doohan. The sum of the times decreed his third place.

At the end he will also take a fifth place at the Nurburgring, a sixth place in Jerez and two seventh places in the GPs of Brazil and Great Britain. Tenth absolute in the World Championship, in the year in which Mick Doohan won the world championship with 12 victories.

Unfortunately, the original and daring Aprilia project clashed with the superpowers of the Japanese four cylinders. The handling and the cornering were the strong points of the project and Doriano interpreted this prototype as a real “increased” 250. A true two-wheel warrior.

Let’s leave the last year in the World Championships in 1998 with a Muz, only two disputed GPs and a fractured hand. Then the parenthesis in SBK, in the two-year period 99/2000 with a private Ducati taking some placements and a bad injury in Monza, again to the right leg. These are the years of a real technological battle in SBK between Ducati and the Japanese and SBK myths such as Fogarty, Edwards, Corser, Slight and Haga.

In 2005, the time to hang up his helmet and leave the races arrived also for “Rombo”. He made his debut in the World Championship in 125 in ’89, 6 GPs won, 2 in 125 and 4 in 250, 22 podiums and 7 pole positions.

An honorable career for the Ligurian rider born in ’68. Unfortunately, destiny was waiting for him at a “Sic Supermoto Day” party at the end of 2013, a beneficial performance in Latina. The incident happened under the incredulous eyes of the other riders taking part in the event. Unfortunately it is useless to explain how and why.

We just want to remind you that one of his dear friends, the rider Stefano Cruciani, who had Romboni as his manager and mentor in the Puccetti Racing Kawasaki team since 2012, asked us to create a tribute helmet in memory of Doriano for his 2014 CIV season.

It was an honor for us and it was truly very touching to see Stefano on the track with this creation winning at Misano on 26 July 2014. The special helmet picked up the colors and design of his roaring years in 250 and brought back besides the red “Romboni” logo in the back area, the names of the partner Sara, and the little daughters Margherita and Carolina.