Suppo to leave Ducati
5 November 2009 – Livio Suppo, Team Manager of Ducati, will be leaving the squad after the final race of the season in Spain this weekend. With the Italian departing for 'a new professional adventure', Suppo's decade with Ducati will come to an end with a new management team having being announced.
Having joined Ducati in 1999, Suppo was one of the main players in helping the team develop the Desmosedici model bike before finally securing the title with Casey Stoner in 2007.
"Livio has meant a great deal to Ducati and also to me personally; he has been a loyal and valuable colleague but, above all, a great friend," said Claudio Domenicali, General Director of Ducati. "We are very sorry that he has decided to leave the company but, 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."
"The management of the Ducati Marlboro Team will be entrusted to, and reinforced by, two new managerial figures; Alessandro Cicognani, currently Marketing Manager for the Ducati Corse Division, will be responsible for the MotoGP project and alongside him, Vittoriano Guareschi, already the test rider for Ducati, will undertake the role of Team Manager, bringing to the squad a wealth of knowledge and experience that he has gained through being a professional rider and, most recently, a test rider."