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Paton

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1958 -

Paton is an Italian motorcycle company based in Milan a started in 1958 and specialized in motorcycle competition.


History and competitions

Founded in 1958 by two former employees of the department ran Mondial, Joseph Patton (1926-1999) and Lino Tonti the Paton (the name derives from the "fusion" of the names of the two founders Pa'ttoni' Tonti) began transforming the business from Single a DOHC some Mondial 125 acquired by Patton following the closure at the end of the season 1957, the department runs Mondial. With one of these bikes will begin their careers a couple Mike Hailwood, finishing 7th in the Tourist Trophy and earning the victory on the Silverstone Circuit, in 1958.

Shortly after his debut is a 250-cylinder derived from a bialbero draft Tonti, motorcycles that have little luck in the races. The association between Patton and Tonti lasts until 1960, when Tonti switch to Bianchi carrying with them the draft of a new 250, leaving a track Patton to be developed.

The Paton 500 twin-cylinder in the classic green

The first prototype of the new quarter-liter will debut only in 1964 by Gianpiero Zubani in a race of the Italian, a Modena. Subsequently, the Paton debuts in motomondiale, seizing the Tourist Trophy a promising third place with Alberto Pagani at the end of the season eleventh in the ranking of the Class 250. In 1965 comes a new version of the twin-cylinder, plus a 350 cc, while the following year is the 500th This will be the bike that will give more satisfaction to Patton: In 1967 l English Fred Stevens is sixth in the world, while Angelo Bergamonti wins the Italian Championship beating, for once, Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta. Another season is on the 1969, when Bill Nelson is fourth in the world (17th Bergamonti, 22 ° Trabalzini and 34th Bertarelli other classified with the Milan half a liter), while Franco Trabalzini is second in the Italian Championship. The Paton proved as the most viable alternatives for the unofficial drivers (in practice all, Agostini less) along with Lint (designed by Lino Tonti after the closure of the Bianchi).

In the '70s the Paton begins a downward parable: last flash of glory for four times in Milan is in third place of TORACCA Armando nell'italiano 1974. The coming season is the last for the "500" twin-cylinder: a pilot a couple Virginio Ferrari. With 1976 Patton has a new bike, an engine with four-cylinder V-two times. The results are, however little, and you decide to quit the race. The break lasts until 1983, when presented with the "RC", designed by Joseph Patton and his son Roberto. This will follow in 1986, the "V 115 C2, which will rise to European title 1988 by Vittorio Box.

In 1994 is the turn of a new 4-cylinder version of Milan, the "C10/1", the potential good that the season 1995 conquest good placement. At the end of next season, however, deny Paton is seen by 'IRTA the right to participate in the World 1997: The motion is "not very competitive." Patton I persevere, and continue to develop their motion. Despite the death of Joseph Patton in 1999, the adventure continues: In 2000 the Paton can participate in five races of the World, as "wild card", and Paolo Tessari, can earn a point, thanks to 15th place at the Grand Prix of Germany. In 2001 the IRTA denies new subscription to Motomondiale, thanks to the help of a sponsor unable to take part in eight races, with the promising novice saddle Slovak Vladimir Castka . In 2002 the end of adventure, with the exclusion from competitions.

The work of Paton, however, not an end: Roberto Patton, from 2004, the production in a small-scale replica of the "500" twin-cylinder version in 1968, with which he returned to run the Manx Grand Prix, taking second place in the 2006 and the victory in the 2007 with Ryan Farquhar, when she returned to run the "C5" exceptionally deployed to Senior TT, but ended with a withdrawal.



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