At the last round of MotoGP at Valencia this year, Ducati announced a double-whammy of team manager losses: MotoGP team boss and sponsorship generator Livio Suppo announced he would be moving on to Honda for the 2010 season as their Racing Marketing Manager, while at the same time, WSBK boss Davide Tardozzi told the world that he would be leaving the World Superbike squad in search of a new challenge.
That challenge has been found in Germany, according to the leading Italian magazine Motosprint. Though the contracts still remain to be signed, Tardozzi is said to be joining BMW to manage their ambitious World Superbike project. The move will see Tardozzi reunited with two former pupils of his, the Italian having already has both Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus under his wing in previous years at Ducati. Tardozzi will not be the only reinforcement that BMW is bringing in from Ducati, though, as Michel Fabrizio's track engineer Max Bertolini will also be joining the Bavarian team. The loss of Bertolini will be a blow for for Xerox Ducati rider Michel Fabrizio, to whom Bertolini was much more than just an engineer.
There can be no doubt that Tardozzi's move to BMW is just the kind of challenge the Italian spoke of when he announced he was leaving Ducati. Tardozzi's resignation was met with surprise, and not a little cynicism. Tardozzi's primary motivation for leaving Ducati's WSBK team was thought to have been to move up a series and take over the place vacated by Livio Suppo in the MotoGP team. When that failed to materialize, paddock scuttlebutt went, Tardozzi was left empty handed. The move to BMW seems to put the lie to these rumors, though.