Ducati has recruited its long-time World Superbike team manager Davide Tardozzi for its MotoGP operation.
Tardozzi won the inaugural WSBK race at Donington Park in 1988 and finished third in the first ever season’s standings. After retiring from riding, he then spent nearly 20 years as manager of Ducati’s Superbike team, during a period in which it won seven riders’ titles. He left for BMW’s Superbike program in 2010, but parted company with the German firm after a single season.
A Ducati statement said that Tardozzi will be responsible for its MotoGP team’s “organisation and logistics,” joining with immediate effect and reporting to sporting director Paolo Ciabatti.
Tardozzi’s return to the fold is one of several Ducati management changes being made during the off-season, and follows the arrival of Luigi Dall’Igna from Aprilia as team boss.
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