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Filippo Preziosi leaves Ducati

"Engineer, Filippo Preziosi, has communicated his intention to resign from his position at Ducati Motor Holding"
Filippo Preziosi, who led the design of Ducati's Desmosedici MotoGP machine from its 2003 debut until the end of 2012, is to leave Ducati Motor Holding.

Preziosi was replaced as General Manager of Ducati Corse at the end of last year - part of a series of management changes in the aftermath of Valentino Rossi's winless partnership with Ducati - and given an alternative role as Director of R&D at Ducati Motor Holding.

However Ducati has announced that Preziosi, confined to a wheelchair, is to resign due to health reasons.

“Engineer, Filippo Preziosi, has communicated his intention to resign from his position at Ducati Motor Holding,” read a Ducati statement.

“Declaring reasons of poor health related to his particular physical condition, Preziosi's resignation was accepted by Ducati, saddened and disappointed to lose such an accomplished and strategic member of staff.

“The company respectfully acknowledges the 45-year old Italian's decision and thanks him for his significant contribution during his 19 years with Ducati, 12 of which were within Ducati Corse.

“Previously occupying the role of General Manager of Ducati Corse, Preziosi, was appointed Director of Research and Development of Ducati Motor Holding at the end of 2012 and was to start his new role after a period of rest.

“An announcement of the successor to this strategic role, now left vacant by the resignation, will be communicated in due course.”

Under Preziosi's design leadership, the Desmosedici took 31 MotoGP wins and one world title.

Casey Stoner claimed 23 victories and the 2007 championship, with Loris Capirossi taking seven wins, plus one further win for Troy Bayliss. However the success dried up following Stoner's departure, with Ducati scoring just three podiums during the past two seasons.

Bernhard Gobmeier, former Superbike Director with BMW, replaced Preziosi as General Manager of Ducati Corse.

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AllTheBest - Unregistered

March 01, 2013 5:48 AM

End of the day Preziosi built a bike that 3 riders won motogp races on and got a world title. Thats something none of the four stroke designers at suzuki, kawasaki or aprilia can say. And he probably had less than half the resources of honda and yamaha.

gui - Unregistered

March 01, 2013 10:45 AM

I'm very sad, honestly. He doesn't deserve this end in Ducati after all. He doesn't even had the chance to show how it would go with more money and resources available. As I posted some time ago, Audi's first error was firing this guy overnight, a very premature, partial and emotional decision IMO. It's clear the he was mentally affected by being blamed for constant failures, and that resulted in illness. A sad heart almost always means a diseased body. I'm a fan of Preziosi, and if today I follow motogp as a religion, it's thanks to him. I hope he can stay well. A big thank to him for pushing the limits of technical aspects, for being such an original mind and a great spirit at all. Unfortunately being a genius doesn't automatic means success in this world of capitalism. Thank you Preziosi, thank you so much for being an icon of creativity and originality.

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