Imola seemed to suit the Ducatis, as it was a track with sweeping curves and variable surfaces. This race was definitely not going to be a horsepower one. Taglioni built seven bikes and approached Jarno Saarinen, Renzo Pasolini, and Barry Sheene to ride them. They all declined, as they did not think the 750 would be competitive. Prepared by the semi-official NCR race shop, the bikes were based on the original 750 GT tourer. The racer’s cycle parts remained close to stock – even the centre stand lugs were retained! – merely being up-rated with triple Lockheed disc brakes while the engine gained desmodromic cylinder heads, high-compression pistons, and stronger con-rods. Taglioni went back to Bruno Spaggiari, who knew Imola well and had raced Ducatis since the 1950s. The young Ermano Giulani signed on as Spaggiari’s apprentice, and Alan Dunscombe came over from England, where he raced a 750 GT for importer Vic Camp. Taglioni then approached Paul Smart, whose BSA triple ride had fallen through. Ironically, Smart would never have made the trip if his wife, Maggie, had not accepted the offer on her husband’s behalf over the phone. Smart also did not think that the Ducatis would be competitive, an opinion he soon revised during practice.