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Ducati appoints Guareschi as MotoGP team manager

Ducati Marlboro is set to promote former WSBK podium finisher Vittorio Guareschi from test rider to team manager ahead of MotoGP 2010
The Ducati Marlboro MotoGP team is due to promote long-time test rider Vittorio Guareschi to the position of team manager, according to reports, with the Italian hoping that his first-hand experience of what the riders will be feeling will help to propel either Casey Stoner or Nicky Hayden back to title-winning glory in 2010.

Guareschi was himself a podium finisher in the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) before jumping ship to become Ducati's test rider in 2001, and whilst he admits that he fully intends to continue in that role too, he will dovetail it with a more hands-on approach in the team garage.

“I'm going to fill a void, in the sense that a team manager role hasn't existed in Team Ducati before,” Guareschi explained to Motosprint. “I will be the link between the riders and [technical director] Filippo Preziosi. I will be close to the riders, I'll go on the track to see what happens and I will be an advisor to them. Finally, I will also manage the work in the garage.

“I have been the tester of this bike (the 800cc Desmosedici) since the beginning, so I know it perfectly. In this regard, I can really give the riders a hand. This is why Casey wants me to continue testing too. I don't think I will do it for much longer, though; I'm 38, so I will have to quit in a couple of years time.”

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Tax Dodger - Unregistered

October 31, 2009 9:46 PM

@gringo. Yes Ducati are in a big mess..they won the past 2 races and beat Rossi in the last 3..oh I know Rossi was only racing for points ( ala Hayden in 06 ? ) Ducati are doing fine to me, they just need another rider to step up and ride somewhere near Stoners pace, the bike sure is capable. cheers.

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