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Ducati’s MotoGP Reshuffle: Ciabatti To Lead MotoGP Preziosi Moved Sideways

by David Emmett on Tue, 12:27

The reports of a major at Ducati which emerged at turned out to be accurate. Today, Motor Holding announced a reshuffle within its racing which sees the current of Ducati’s racing projects aside to make way for new blood.

The change is at the top of Ducati’s racing Ducati Corse. Current manager and technical lead Preziosi is being moved out of the department and reassigned as head of RD for all of though his focus will to production machines. In his place, BMW World Superbike team Bernhard Gobmeier has been as General Manager of Ducati

MotoGP project director Cicognani has also been by Paolo Ciabatti, who was director of the Superbike Championship for Infront Sports until it was taken by Dorna. The only person in place is Ernesto Marinelli, who remain Ducati’s WSBK director.

The changes are not unexpected. Casey Stoner complained of serious shortcomings with Desmosedici MotoGP machine, his to win on the bike despite its problems that a sense of urgency was at the project. The arrival of Valentino at Ducati was expected to see the last few ironed out with the bike, and win the factory their second title.

Rossi’s nine world and record of moving the Yamaha in the direction left little for doubt about his qualities as a rider or someone who can provide the feedback required to develop a machine. So his abject failure to would only ever be at the door of Ducati Corse. And meant that heads eventually roll in Borgo

The arrival of the Germans, in the form of new Audi, saw the top of Ducati Corse win a while the Germans assessed the immediately after the takeover. the season at an end, and Audi now seen Ducati from the sufficiently, it was time to start changes. Preziosi was the obvious as head of Ducati Corse, he was responsible for its success or failure.

As its Director, he was also responsible for the in which the Desmosedici had been His methodical approach, changing one at a time and testing it fully adopting it on the bike, meant was often too slow for the MotoGP and especially for Valentino Rossi. As of RD for Ducati Motor Holding, the methodical approach is probably suited to the pace of development for vehicles.

Parachuting Gobmeier in as head of Corse sees a man with of both engineering and management charge. Gobmeier was instrumental in the of BMW’s World Superbike It went from an expensive but team to winning races and challenging for the 2012 title, and bad luck ending Marco title charge.

Before over at the WSBK team, was a highly succcessful engineer for having worked on chassis and the German manufacturer’s M vehicles. also has experience running ALMS racing activities.

In of the MotoGP team will be Ciabatti. The Italian is a former of Ducati Corse, having run Superbike team for many before moving on to join organizer FGSport (which became Infront Motor There, he was in charge of running the helping it grow and retaining its through a very difficult period.

Current team manager will continue with Corse, but return to sponsorship and activities.

What effect the will have on Ducati’s program remains to be seen. paddock sources have Italian reports that a part of the responsibility is to be handed to Eskil Suter, Ducati’s owners preferring to work the Swiss engineer.

Unlike who have been building to Ducati’s specifications, Suter have input on development as including helping design the and providing input on engine such as sprocket position and layout. Just how much of an this will be remains to be

Suter’s record in MotoGP is at best, having been for the Kawasaki MotoGP project, the chassis for Ilmor, the MuZ 500cc two and the Suter BMW CRT machine used by Racing and, in the latter of the season, IODA Racing. The MuZ was the successful of the projects, Jurgen van de putting the bike on pole in 1999. Kawasaki eventually Suter from their project, turning instead to a engineer poached from Ichiro Yoda.

A very different future for Ducati. The sweeping changes in will be just the first of the process, with more to The Italian factory will to make rapid progress, as paddock rumor suggests Phillip Morris is losing with Ducati, and demanding successes in return for the 20+ million the Italian arm of the US tobacco giant is to be investing in the project.

Should Morris decide to leave, the of the MotoGP project would entirely on Audi, and it is as yet uncertain they are prepared to bear the cost of racing in MotoGP.

The press release announcing the is shown below:

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Bernhard appointed as General Manager of Corse

Bernhard Gobmeier the new General Manager of Ducati

Filippo Preziosi assumes the of Director of RD Ducati Motor

Paolo Ciabatti appointed as MotoGP Project Director

Panigale (Bologna), 20 November Ducati announces the appointment of Gobmeier as the new General Manager of Corse. Utilising his significant in the world of motorsport, including recently his role as Superbike with BMW, the position draw upon the 53-year-old extensive managerial experience to enter the new phase of development for racing activities and to achieve the set during the recent acquisition by the Group.

Mr. Gobmeier will report to the CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, Del Torchio, and count upon the and professional support of Filippo

Engineer Filippo Preziosi, the General Manager of Ducati will now assume the position of of Research Development for Ducati Holding and report directly to Domenicali, General Manager of Motor Holding. The prestigious and company role will 44-year-old Preziosi to apply the experience of his 18 years in Ducati, 12 of in Ducati Corse, to the development of new

Paolo Ciabatti (55) has appointed the new Ducati MotoGP Director. The Italian now returns to the Panigale headquarters in Bologna to advantage of his extensive experience in the of motorcycle competition, which has coordinating the World Superbike as General Director.

After two seasons in the position, Ernesto Marinelli (39), is to continue as Ducati Superbike Director, with the activities of Marinelli and Ciabatti coordinated by Mr.

All appointments will commence January 2013.

“With new appointments and the 2013 riders in MotoGP and World Superbike, we are prepared to move forward the new racing season,” said the CEO of Motor Holding, Gabriele Del “We are confident that this new organisation and focused we will achieve our targets and with the fundamentally important of ‘know-how’ from racin

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