2012 MOTOGP MOMENTS-DUCATI DISASTER

It’s the Valencia MotoGP test in November, 2010 and the wave of optimism sweeping through Ducati’s factory garage is so powerful it could almost knock you off your feet.

Valentino Rossi has arrived to prove the bike was no one-hit wonder in the hands of Casey Stoner and help restore Ducati as a potent threat to the Japanese domination of MotoGP.

Two frustrating and morale jarring years later and Ducati’s MotoGP project – constructed and assembled at eye-watering expense – is still miles away from challenging Honda and Yamaha for major honours.

Rossi has beaten a hasty path back to Yamaha and the impact of his failing to make the Desmosedici anywhere near a consistent podium has already been felt.
Ducati owners Audi have already begun a management cull in the wake of the Italian’s abysmal two-year spell on a Desmosedici, and the highest profile casualty was Filippo Preziosi.

Preziosi was an instrumental figure in Ducati’s MotoGP project since its inception back in 2003.

He was also influential in enticing Rossi to Ducati, yet two years later and Valencia 2012 was to be his last act as Ducati Corse’s General and Technical boss.
Preziosi will take up a new role as Director of Research and Development for Ducati Motor Holding.

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