BMW confirm Davide Tardozzi appointment

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As revealed earlier this week, Davide Tardozzi will join BMW in 2010 to head up team management and operational control of the German manufacturers World Superbike squad.

Current Project and team Manager Rainer Bäumel, who has been responsible for engineering, team management and team organisation during 2009 will continue as Head of Project Management and Project Management Engineering.

BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Berthold Hauser. “The new structure ensures that the team will be well set up for the future.

"Team management and team organisation are important areas in which we can see further potential for improvement.

"The key here is to approach every situation in a structured and target-led way. This applies to both general processes and tactical decisions with a direct influence over performance.

"With his many years of experience in the sport, Davide will play a decisive role here. At the same time, the restructuring will allow Rainer Bäumel to fully focus on the core areas of overall project management and engineering.”

Tardozzi said: “I imagine a lot of people will be surprised to hear of my decision to join BMW.

"However, for me the decision was simple. I had offers from MotoGP, but my heart is in the Superbike World Championship and I feel at home here.

"BMW Motorrad Motorsport is a young and hungry team, and that gives me the challenge I have been looking for. I’m looking forward to working behind the scenes to the benefit of the team.

"I know that I can fulfil this role at BMW. Of course, already knowing our riders Troy and Ruben well makes my job easier.

"2010 will be a tough year, as there are many good riders and teams in the Superbike World Championship.

"Nevertheless, I firmly believe that BMW can take a big step forward over the coming year.”

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

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