Posted: 13 Jan 2014
Davide Tardozzi, one of the most renowned team managers in World Superbike history is set to return to Ducati after a three year break from the Italian marque. The man famous for his part in the success of Ducati legends such as Carl Fogarty and Troy Bayliss will return to Ducati Corse in a management-style role in the struggling Grand Prix team.
He replaces Vito Guareschi who departed to manage the new VR46 Sky Italia Moto3 team and will be in charge of organisation and logistics, reporting to Ducati Corse Sporting Director, Paolo Ciabatti. The move will see Tardozzi and Ciabatti reunited for the first time since the 2007 World Superbike season.
Tardozzi left Ducati after the 2009 World Superbike season and joined the BMW squad for 2010, although was replaced to bring in an all-German management structure for the next season. Not much has been seen of the now fifty-four year old since except the odd visit to Italian rounds of the World Superbike championship.
Ducati's GP team has struggled in recent years, taking just a handful of podiums since Casey Stoner's departure at the end of 2010. With Cal Crutchlow joining Andrea Dovizioso for the season ahead, it's clear Ducati are keen to return to competitive form.
Tardozzi will begin his new role on February 4th at the first MotoGP test at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.