Ducati News

• Bernhard Gobmeier becomes the new General Manager of Ducati Corse
• Filippo Preziosi assumes the position of Director of R&D Ducati Motor Holding
• Paolo Ciabatti appointed as Ducati MotoGP Project Director
Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 20 November 2012 – Ducati announces the appointment of Bernhard Gobmeier
as the new Ducati Corse General Manager. Utilising his significant experience in the world of motorsport,
including more recently his role as Superbike Director with BMW, the position will draw upon the 53-year-old
German’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.
Mr. Gobmeier will report directly to the CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, Gabriele Del Torchio, and count upon
the experience and professional support of Filippo Preziosi.
Engineer, Filippo Preziosi, the current General Manager of Ducati Corse, will now assume the position of
Director of Research & Development for Ducati Motor Holding and report directly to Claudio Domenicali,
General Manager of Ducati Motor Holding. The prestigious and strategic company role will enable 44-
yearold Preziosi to apply the valuable experience of his 18 years in Ducati, 12 of which in Ducati Corse, to
the development of new product.
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
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 Mr. Gobmeier.
All appointments will commence from January 2013.
“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,” said the CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, Gabriele
Del Torchio. “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.”