Ducati loses team manager

Factory Ducati World Superbike team boss Davide Tardozzi has confirmed that he is leaving the company.

The news comes hot on the heels of a similar shock departure by Ducati's MotoGP team boss Livio Suppo.

Suppo is expected to move to a rival MotoGP team, with Honda the most hotly tipped, but Tardozzi - whose riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio finished second and third in the 2009 WSBK championship - claims he has no plans in place.

“It was a painful decision. You cannot leave a company with whom you have worked exceptionally for almost 20 years without feeling regret,” Tardozzi told

“I was losing motivation and therefore thought it appropriate to notify Ducati of my decision in time to prepare my replacement before the new season.

“I will remain in racing only if I am offered something important. And so far nothing has come up. Otherwise I will get on with other activities outside of motorcycling. But racing is still my world.”

Tardozzi won five races for Bimota on his way to third overall during the inaugural 1988 season of WSBK competition.

Later turning to team management with Ducati, he oversaw a period of unprecedented Ducati success with title victories for Carl Fogarty (4), Troy Bayliss (3), Troy Corser (1), Neil Hodgson (1) and James Toseland (1).

This year, Tardozzi faced criticism for apparently not imposing team orders on Fabrizio to help Haga's title challenge, but it is unknown if that was a significant factor in his exit.

Haga and Fabrizio will both remain with the Ducati Xerox Team in 2010.

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Cilantro - Unregistered

November 05, 2009 4:55 PM

He gets all my respect by not giving the stupid team orders. That's not what I wake up to see on an early Sunday morning when I could be doing 2 other things... 1- Riding my bike. 2- Fighting my whiskey hangover. Fck team orders and fck F1.


November 05, 2009 4:47 PM

Idk but if I was Haga I wouldn't want to win the WC just cuz my teammate helped me. I would want to earn it straight out. That's what Spies did. I heard somewhere that Haga himself said " I don't need help" or somewhere along those lines. Tardozzi has a pedigree of success so why would ducati not try to convince him to stay? If Fabio is the issue then why not just get rid of him. I mean Tardozzi's track record supersedes Fabio by a lot. Oh well....

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