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November 5th, 2009, 04:58 AM   #1
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Ducati MotoGP project manager Livio Suppo will leave the team after the season finale at Valencia this weekend.

Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport has reported rumours that Suppo is moving to the factory Honda team, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Ducati's general director, Claudio Domenicali, praised Suppo's work for the Italian manufacturer since 1999 and admitted that he will be a big loss to the team.

"Livio has meant a great deal to Ducati," said Domenicali. "He has been a loyal and valuable colleague but above all a great friend. We are very sorry that he has decided to leave the company

"In light of his correctness, professionalism and the great contribution he has made to the growth and success of the MotoGP project and the Ducati brand, we can only offer him our very best wishes as he takes on a new professional challenge."

Domenicali revealed that the team will be restructured after Suppo's departure, with Alessandro Cicognani taking over as project manager, alongside current Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi, who will become team manager.
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Ducati are in termoil.suppo sacked because of stacy's dummy tantrums.
and Tardozzi has quit the WSBK set up too.


Tardozzi quits Ducati WSB squad

By Michael Guy -

World Superbikes

05 November 2009 11:56

MCN has learned that legendary Ducati World Superbike team boss Davide Tardozzi has resigned.

Tardozzi has played an influential role in the team’s success having masterminded multiple world championship success with Carl Fogarty, Troy Bayliss, Neil Hodgson and James Toseland.

It remains unclear what the 50 year old former WSB race winner will do now, but he has already been linked with the Ducati MotoGP team manager job following the news that current team manager Livio Suppo will leave the team.

MCN have tried to contact Tardozzi for a comment, but his phone is currently switched off.
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Updated, Suppo is joining Honda....


<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE <div class='quotemain'>Suppo to leave Ducati for Honda

Ducati MotoGP project manager Livio Suppo will leave the team after this weekend's Valencia Grand Prix and join Honda Racing Corporation for 2010.

Suppo, who has worked for Ducati for 11 years, will take a new role as HRC's MotoGP marketing director instead.

"It's been a very good relationship for me; 11 years working with Ducati has been a dream, and I think together we have achieved something good, like the 2007 world championship," said Suppo.

"But I think sometimes in life you need new motivation. Honda is something that's very difficult to resist."

Ducati's general director, Claudio Domenicali, praised Suppo's work for the Italian manufacturer since 1999 and admitted that he will be a big loss to the team.

"Livio has meant a great deal to Ducati," said Domenicali. "He has been a loyal and valuable colleague but above all a great friend. We are very sorry that he has decided to leave the company

"In light of his correctness, professionalism and the great contribution he has made to the growth and success of the MotoGP project and the Ducati brand, we can only offer him our very best wishes as he takes on a new professional challenge."

Domenicali revealed that the team will be restructured after Suppo's departure, with Alessandro Cicognani taking over as project manager, alongside current Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi, who will become team manager.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (#22 @ Nov 5 2009, 03:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Updated, Suppo is joining Honda....
well, there went my theory of suppo taking over the duc WSB setup...

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I wonder how much cash Honda forked over to get old Suppo over there! he will probably spend most of it buying cigaretes since he wont be getting free Marlboros anymore!!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
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Suppo's departure is not a suprise, his management (especially concerning the riders) has been a total failure since 2007. That Honda is willing to hire him is much more surprising, but what can one say, Honda is always difficult to understand [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (J4rn0 @ Nov 5 2009, 10:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Suppo's departure is not a suprise, his management (especially concerning the riders) has been a total failure since 2007. That Honda is willing to hire him is much more surprising, but what can one say, Honda is always difficult to understand [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

From the Guareschi thread:

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (ROCKGOD01 @ Nov 1 2009, 10:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>This was the first move in preparing for Valentino 2011.

A lot of shuffling in both Honda and Ducati, it seems they’re not getting results and throwing cash at it. Seeing Yamaha take 2005, 2008 & 2009 Constructors and 2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009 Team’s Championships (last one by a big margin), I see desperation. They did a great job in getting the best rider & developer, then follow with a great bike, most riders (and fans for their riders) would like to race on the M1. They also invested in youth with a very good promised rider too. A lot of right moves me thinks.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Pigeon @ Nov 5 2009, 09:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Ducati are in termoil. suppo sacked because of stacy's dummy tantrums.

Pigeon,
I don't get it. Really. How is it Casey/Stacey's fault for Suppo's departure. I'm not debating you, I'm asking seriously for you to clarify your opinion. I readily concede that I'm a fan of Stoner/Moaner (his riding talent), but not a fan of his previous displays of immaturity. I'm just trying to make the connection from CS being a whiner and Suppo getting "sacked" because of this. Do you mean that he had to make excuses or bear the brunt of the blame for Stoner's departure during his illness (which will forever be debated whether real or imagined)?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (GatorDuc @ Nov 5 2009, 07:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Pigeon,
I don't get it. Really. How is it Casey/Stacey's fault for Suppo's departure. I'm not debating you, I'm asking seriously for you to clarify your opinion. I readily concede that I'm a fan of Stoner/Moaner (his riding talent), but not a fan of his previous displays of immaturity. I'm just trying to make the connection from CS being a whiner and Suppo getting "sacked" because of this. Do you mean that he had to make excuses or bear the brunt of the blame for Stoner's departure during his illness (which will forever be debated whether real or imagined)?

it wont come out fully but its like the rumours suggest have casey/suppo had a fall out.
has casey stated to Duc its him or me,or has livio done something that Duc arn't happy with.and they moved him on

I Dont know

but im like the rumours there's got to be more to the Duc/casey/livio thing than whats been said or stated from the 3.
i'm not bashing casey.he's a great rider no doubts.
there's just seems to much going on at Duc lately as we seen this week alone. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
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Suppo leaving Ducati....that really is shocking news. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif[/img] I can't imagine what would have tempted him over to Honda, perhaps he has fallen out with Stoner.
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