Davide Tardozzi Returns To Ducati As Team Manager

It was a move which had been rumored since the middle of last year, but today, Ducati finally confirmed that Davide Tardozzi will return to the Italian factory to manage the MotoGP team. Tardozzi has a long and successful career with Ducati in World Superbikes, before leaving to run the BMW World Superbike program. After BMW pulled its factory program, Tardozzi was left sitting at home, leading to widespread speculation of a Ducati return.

Tardozzi's signing reunites several key players from the most successful period in Ducati's past, with Tardozzi working alongside Paolo Ciabatti. Tardozzi will be taking over the role vacated by Vitto Guareschi, who left to run the Team Sky VR46 Moto3 squad.

Below is the official press release from Ducati:

Davide Tardozzi returns to Ducati to coordinate Ducati Team organization and logistics in MotoGP

  • Tardozzi to be in charge of organization and logistics and will report to Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director and MotoGP Programme Director
  • Former racer returns to Ducati after success as team manager in Superbike

Ducati Corse wishes to announce that it has reached an agreement with Davide Tardozzi, who returns to work again with the Borgo Panigale, Italy based manufacturer after a period of four years.

Tardozzi, born in Ravenna on January 30th 1959, will have an important role within the Ducati Team and will be in charge of the organization and logistics of the Italian squad in the MotoGP World Championship.

The former racer had a very successful career as Ducati team manager in Superbike, collaborating with champions of the calibre of Fogarty, Bayliss, Corser, Toseland and Hodgson, and contributing to the conquest of seven Riders’ titles in the production-based racing series.

Davide Tardozzi will report directly to Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director and MotoGP Programme Director, and will begin his new role in the Ducati Team starting with the first MotoGP test at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia from February 4th to 6th.

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Ducati seems to be following the pattern set by Mercedes in F1. If some top personnel is good, more must be better. With a smaller budget than the other factories maybe they would benefit from spending more on engineers and manufacturing a useful motorcycle.

Valencia, 2006, Moto GP final race. Baylis, ( the one who was canned from the Moto GP team at the end of 2004..........) rocks up as a wild card, with his WSB Team crew, managed by Tardozzi, and gets pole and race win. And is reported to have snubbed the GP team and celebrated with his WSB crew.

Perhaps Ducati should have had Tardozzi as Moto GP manager years ago.

It was only four human years, but in motorcycle racing years it must be eons. Why did Tardozzi leave?

More to the point, why is he returning? Oh yes, no job...

It's a crazy, mixed-up world out there.

If Gigi has essentially be given overlord status with a mandate to reorganise as he sees fit, just how does that relate to another manager reporting to Ciabatti?

(And is is insulting to think always of bread?)

craves the spotlight or the corner office, some people just love what they are doing or a part of. Tardozzi has always struck me as a guy with a passion for bike racing and depending on the environment within BMW a return to the most passionate of Italian teams may just be the perfect fit. I'm sure he doesn't need the money, and could cherry pick a heap of other less stressful positions so he's only taken the position because he actually wants it.

Well, the guy does have a real good record. Several World Champions and a couple of them people believe it was more the team than their talent. It may be a good move, or one that will create too much emotion. Tardozzi used to be watching the races looking like he was about to tear every piece of his hair out watching Bayliss. He would be the most relieved and exhilarated at the end of the race if Bayliss won. It was as fun to watch his reactions as it was to watch the actual race.

Personally I think Tardozzi left Ducati because Haga failed to win the championship that year. He had all the tools and just did not pull it off. Ben Spies was a phenom, but even he said Haga did not race with true Haga speed in every race. Tardozzi probably saw that and got disgusted with it. Looking forward to seeing Tardozzi.

There was also the small matter of Fabrizio taking points off Haga when Tardozzi was also Fabrizio's personal manager. Do you remember the kiss Davide gave Michael in the winnner's enclosure of the last race? It had something Sicilian about it. It always felt like Tardozzi was fired because he screwed up as a team manager and forgot what his real job was.

Broke his back, sat out a couple rounds, that's several races and still almost won it if hadn't been for catching the flu and binining it in last rond. Taking nothing away from Ben, just saying. Also ben and fabrizio had a coming together too as I recall, more like torpeados away from fabrizio.

Spies & Haga made every start of the 2009 season.

Spies had 4 Retirements (3 Accidents, 1 Mechanical), in all 4 he had Pole.

Haga also had 4 Retirements (4 Accidents), he had Pole in 1 of the 4.

Pretty even there...

Haga injured his back at Donnington, but made the next start at Brno (finished 8th & 6th). Where as you mentioned Fabrizio punted Spies, so Haga's points damage was somewhat neutralized (net -7).

Hardly decisive at that point in time.

"Sat out a couple rounds" is wrong. Haga lost for the same reason he always did, he could never put a full season together for whatever reason. I loved the guy, and if one is to lament any season maybe it should be 2000. Who knows how the chips would've fallen the rest of his career had he got the monkey off his back early on.