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Ex-Ducati WSBK chief signs with BMW

Tardozzi reunites with Corser and Xaus

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 06, 2010
Former Ducati World Superbike Team Manager Davide Tardozzi has signed on to helm BMW’s factory racing team.

Tardozzi resigned from his post as Ducati’s WSBK project manager Nov. 9, 2009, after winning Ducati’s 16th manufacturer title, citing the need to find a new challenge.

BMW may provide that challenge he seeks. The German manufacturer entered the WSBK Championship in 2009 with its new S1000RR. Despite some improvements through the season, BMW finished the season last out of seven manufacturers.

With BMW, Tardozzi will be reunited with two former Ducati WSBK riders in Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus.

Davide Tardozzi, second from the left, stands on the podium with three of his former riders, from left, Noriyuki Haga, Troy Bayliss and Troy Corser. Tardozzi and Corser will be reunited in 2010 with BMW.

“This is a new year and a new challenge. It will be a very big challenge though because next year will be a very tough season and right now if you look at all the manufacturers in the championship – BMW are the last,” Tardozzi told British publication Motorcycle News. “But I am confident that we can grow in the overall rankings very quickly. The team learned a lot in 2009 and with some small changes we can be very competitive.

“I think both Troy (Corser) and Ruben (Xaus) are very fast riders and that as a team we can fight for the podium in 2010 and then for the championship in 2011.”

Tardozzi managed Corser to the 1996 WSBK Championship for the satellite Promotor Ducati team. With the factory Ducati squad, Tardozzi also won WSBK titles with riders Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson, James Toseland and Troy Bayliss.