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Matthew Birt  says:

Filippo Preziosi replaced in Ducati management shake-up

The fallout from Valentino Rossi’s disastrous two-year spell with Ducati is starting to be felt, with Filippo Preziosi and Alessandro Cicognani replaced in a major management shake-up. The highest profile casualty is Preziosi, who has been an instrumental figure at Ducati Corse since the Bologna factory entered MotoGP back in 2003. He was widely acclaimed in 2007 when Casey Stoner won the...

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hugelean

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hugelean says:

4 years too late when he decided to commit ducati's race arm and future road bikes to a design only one rider had ever had any success with, the writing was on the wall...Utter madness... If they hadn't been bought by ze germans they would be in deep shit by next year. Good luck to the new guy who comes in hopefully he's flexible enough to make things work but they had the best rider to take them forward and choose to completely ignore him.. They are in the classic chicken egg situ, even if the bikes great they don't have the riders to fully exploit it(Dovi couldn't win on the factory Honda!) and because it doesn't look ultra competitive non of the top riders will want it. Stoners unexpected success in 2007 should have been the platform for ducati to become a major player but they had no idea how they did it so couldn't replicate or improve on something they didn't understand when the japs worked out they had got the power all wrong in 2007... Will need a completely new bike and Presiozi is still saying that they are working on fine tuning what they have!!!.. clearly has no idea the level of commitment needed to maintain a serious assault on the championship in part due of the 2007 success.

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redracer46

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redracer46 says:

So I was right

So I did hear this the other day, Thought so despite assertions to the contrary, maybe theres a lesson for me I can learn there from Preziosi, always be convinced you are right.... even if your wrong.... ha ha ha!  Well never good to see a man given the boot but sounds like he has landed another decent job.  Strange that he was assigned to R&D?  Surely as corse director he would have been directly involved in Moto GP R&D progress?? , and that hasnt worked out well... I guess though with all the invest in the Panigale the frameless ducati is here to stay, at least in road trim and improving that is a must for future sales and models.

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redracer46

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redracer46 says:

Engine

Perhaps with Audi bosses saying the strategy is now long term with title contention shelved until 2015... perhaps we will at last see a break away from the L90 and introduction of something new from the German giants??  Have to be honest the L90 does sound like a very noisy (albeit uber fast) pneumatic hammer drill in the flesh..... :O

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LaughingGas

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LaughingGas says:

Too late for Rossi but if someone from BMW is there and they do as they're told, then Ducati have a chance of clawing back everything.....in theroy!

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RidgeRacerHRC

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wait! why does he get the boot?! i thought it was the rider and not the bike according to a certain italian..... :P

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

Times change

Ducati where once always at the top in sbk and gp's but now others have caught and past them in development they go against their own religion and pull a crout in,bad times. The new ducati superbikenon 2015 better not ad Ali box frame and online four!!!!!!. But makes you think was it Rossi or was the bike guess now we never know for definite.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

Doh

Sorry for spelling bloody iPhone.

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

Not one for kicking someone when they’re down but this should have happened a good while ago. The whole race team needs a good shake up.
He came along and the planets aligned for him there for a while; and a pretty good bike was built, with a brilliant engine, then a little while later Michelin tyres went right off the boil and Honda let rookie Stoner go…..and all of a sudden the 3 or 4 year build up cumulated in blitzing the 2007 season world championship. I reckon they dined out on the ‘genius’ tag and had a lot of mileage out of that year – and rested on their lucky laurels for far too long.
 

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Mr.Number

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Mr.Number says:

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Ducati are still kings of sbk, have been for decades but they needed an upgrade to the 1098R as the Aprilia rsv is a killer of a bike. The Panigale will secure the 2013 manufacturers title. Not sure about Ducati having BMW input for moto gp, the S1000 isn't all that....anyone care to talk about BMW's race heritage !

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Rossi vindicated..

Be very afraid my cross dresing little orange thong sniffers..this is just part One.

When Valentino starts putting the second M1 up front, where Ben Spies failed so miserably, the ill judged schadenfreude and karma jibes will come back to haunt, totally blowing Nostro, Bulto and good few others credibility, clean out the water.

Haha..race fans? Don't make me fkin laugh. Just, bitter trolling dullards with little to offer in terms of racing insight.

Preziosi said last week, he took the credit for the good times and must do the same for the bad.

The problem is..It was Casey Stoner who made the difference and produced the goods, not him. This has been acknowledged as fact by senior Ducati management now.

Stoners lack of precise development feedback was a major part of his problem though..and it should be recognised that #1 rider and crew chief Gabbarini didn't have the required skills in this department. 

They proved the same this year as Dani took on board changes with improved results second half..while the other side of the Repsol garage pissed and moaned, then crashed themselves out of contention..AGAIN.

Riding around problems and being a talented, lazy bastard only gets you so far at this level.

Many #46ers will be happy at this news and ready to hand out a few karmic lessons of their own in the next months.

Saying this..Nobody wants to see Ducati fall by the wayside and continue with that bike as is.

Good luck to the new team..they're going to need it.

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