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Vittoriano Guareschi - Q&A

"Even with Valentino at 80% everything is possible" - Vittoriano Guareschi.
Vittoriano Guareschi holds a unique position in the MotoGP paddock, being both test rider and team manager for the Ducati Marlboro Team.

The transition from rider to team manager came at the end of 2009, when Livio Suppo moved to Honda, and Guareschi now has the pleasure - and pressure - of overseeing MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi's first season on a Desmosedici.

Giving the seven time MotoGP champion the bike he wants has been made harder by the Italian's shoulder surgery, and then sickness today, during day two of the second Sepang test.

But Ducati and Guareschi remain confident...

Vitto, first of all tell us about your riding career before becoming team manager?

Vittoriano Guareschi:
I began racing in the 125cc Italian Championship in 1988. Many years ago! After ten years in Italian Championship, 125cc and 600, I started in Supersport and rode in the world championship in '97 and '98, when I finished second in the championship twice and won four times.

I rode in World Superbike in '99 and 2000 before coming back to Supersport in 2001, which is when I started my career with the Ducati factory, racing the 748.

Then in 2002 the MotoGP project began. Filippo [Preziosi] and many others asked me if I wanted to start testing the MotoGP bike. I took this opportunity so that I could stay close to Ducati, because it is such an important historical factory in Italy.

So I started this MotoGP testing job in 2002 and I haven't finished, because I still test now. Next month I will test the bike again.

What do you remember most about your time as a Ducati MotoGP test rider?

Vittoriano Guareschi:
The most important moment was the first time that I rode the MotoGP bike. In June 2002.

Were you the very first person to ride the Desmosedici?

Vittoriano Guareschi:
Yes! The first.

What did you think after the first lap on the bike?

Vittoriano Guareschi:
I don't know if it was some luck or just because we have very, very good engineering, but the bike was immediately incredible. Very, very good. A lot of torque and power. It was a monster!

After that first test the bike developed a lot, engine firing order, many things. It was a really interesting time.

Then, at the group IRTA test 'time attack' session at Barcelona, when Loris [Capirossi] set the best lap time, I thought 'whoa, I did a good job!'


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Dooooooood - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 8:53 AM

"Rossi owns sepang and he's 9th on the duke, that is the bike not the rider.." Not if you believe the constant shoulder references. Stoner left a winning bike, Rossi may just be another in a long list of guys who can't ride it.

norville2 - Unregistered

February 23, 2011 9:51 AM

This board is still full of cluesless people and their opinions, without any respect for teams and riders. We all have our favorite rider, but it is really becoming boring listening to the boring poeple here slagging off Rossi and Duati.... GUYS IT IS ONLY TESTING.....YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DUCATI AND THE OTHER TEAMS ARE REALLY DOING....

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