Suppo will leave Ducati for Honda

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

6 November 2009
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Livio SuppoLivio Suppo, project manager for Ducati MotoGP, will leave the team after this weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix and join Honda Racing Corporation for the upcoming season.

Suppo has been with Ducati for 11 years and will take a new role as HRC’s MotoGP marketing director.

“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, said: “Livio has meant a great deal to Ducati. 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.”

The Ducati 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.