Baldassare Monti, who raced in World Superbike from 1989 to 1993, lost his life in a road accident near Parma, Italy yesterday. He was returning home on a scooter to Sorbolo Levante, when a driver turned out in front of him and he was killed outright. He was 47 years of age.
Baldassare was a factory Honda and Ducati rider in World Superbike in the early ‘90s, team-mate to world champions Fred Merkel and Raymond Roche. He began racing in 1986.
In 1988 he took part in 37 races, winning 28 and was crowned Italian Production champion.
In World Superbike he never quite managed to win a race and finished in eighth place in both 1989 and 1990.
Monti’s career came to an end with a serious crash and since then he has lived with his family at home.