Massimo Tamburini, the legendary Italian designer of the iconic Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4, has passed away at the age of 70. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2013.
Before designing the Ducati 916, Tamburini founded Bimota in 1973, along with Valerio Bianchi and Giuseppe Morri. The company would use Japanese engines and focus on improving the chassis. Prior to Bimota, Tamburini revised an MV Agusta 750 Sport, building a completely new frame for the bike.
In 1985 Tamburini left Bimota to join Claudio Castiglioni’s Cagiva Group, which had recently acquired Ducati. The first Ducati designed by Tamburini was the Paso 750.