The Imola 200 was meant to draw attention to the Italian race scene, and compete with the American Daytona 200. In 1972, the Imola 200 was called the “200 Miglia,” since it was a 200 mile race (in spite of miles not being a standard unit of measurement in Italy) and was the first race ever dedicated to using only production models. It was anticipated that all manufacturers would want to get involved in the 200 Miglia, since it would be a great marketing tool to say that the exact same bike that won the race could be purchased at your local dealership, but more bikes were prepped in the race pits than racers showed up. Ducati in particular, as did all the other Italian manufacturers, had a difficult time convincing riders to compete on their bikes, which were the first large displacement bikes. Smart couldn’t even convince Sheene, his successful Triumph-racing brother-in-law, to join his team for the 200 Miglia.