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Production1958 - Now
LocationMilan, Italy

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 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).