Since 2003, Filippo Preziosi has been involved with Ducati Corse, overseeing racing activities as Technical Director and then General Manager.
While Preziosi was with Corse operations, the Ducati MotoGP team produced a MotoGP title - Casey Stoner in 2007 (on 800cc machinery). The last two years were anything but satisfying, though, the team struggling even with talent like 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi at the controls.
But the 44-year-old Preziosi’s time is up as General Manager. Taking the role from 2013-on will be Bernhard Gobmeier. The 53-year-old German has much experience in motorcycle racing, his latest role being Superbike Director with BMW Motorrad.
Ducati says the it will draw upon Gobmeier’s “extensive managerial experience ready to enter the new phase of development for Ducati’s racing activities and to achieve the targets set during the recent acquisition by the Audi Group.”
Gobmeier will report directly to Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, and will “count on support” by Preziosi, who has been appointed Director of Research & Development for Ducati Motor Holding. Preziosi will now repot directly to Claudio Domenicali, General Manager of Ducati Motor Holding.
Ducati says: “The prestigious and strategic company role will enable 44-year-old Preziosi to apply the valuable experience of his 18 years in Ducati, 12 of which in Ducati Corse, to the development of new product.”
There were also some other management changes in Ducati. Paolo Ciabatti, 55, has been appointed the new Ducati MotoGP Project Director. The Italian now returns to the Borgo Panigale headquarters in Bologna to take advantage of his extensive experience in the world of motorcycle competition, which has included coordinating the World Superbike Championship as General Director, Ducati says.
After two seasons in the position, Engineer Ernesto Marinelli (39), is confirmed to continue as Ducati Superbike Project Director, with the activities of both Marinelli and Ciabatti coordinated by Gobmeier, Ducati says.
All appointments will commence from January 2013.
Gabriele Del Torchio says: “With these new appointments and the 2013 riders announced in MotoGP and World Superbike, we are well prepared to move forward into the new racing season.
“We are confident that with this new organisation and focused strategy, we will achieve our targets and continue with the fundamentally important transfer of ‘know-how’ from racing into production, an element that characterises every Ducati motorcycle.”