Thursday, December 04, 2008

Massimo Tamburini to retire from MV Agusta


Massimo Tamburini. The man. The legend...

With bikes like the Ducati 916, MV Agusta F4 and MV Agusta Brutale to his credit, Massimo Tamburini is pretty much the God of motorcycle design. And God, is about to retire. Yes, MV Agusta have announced that their design chief, Massimo Tamburini will retire from the company at the end of this year.

Tamburini has been with Cagiva since 1985 and has headed MV Agusta's engineering and design centre, Centro Ricerche Cagiva, in San Marino, for more than a decade. ‘I have dedicated a significant part of my career in motorcycle design to Cagiva and MV Agusta, and am immensely proud of the beautiful and thrilling motorcycles we have created,’ says Tamburini.

‘While my decision to retire was extremely difficult to make, I am confident the highly-talented designers and engineers in San Marino will continue the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of MV Agusta. I have been privileged to realize so many dreams during my years with Cagiva and MV Agusta and look forward to seeing more great things yet to come from the company,’ adds the masterful motorcycle designer, a legend in his own lifetime.

‘Massimo Tamburini is one of the legends of the motorcycle industry, and leaves a great legacy at MV Agusta,’ says Claudio Castiglioni, MV Agusta Chairman and Director of Motorcycle Research and Development at the company. ‘The capabilities he built at MV Agusta's design centre are outstanding, and his legacy and vision will now be carried forward by the team he assembled and mentored over many years. While we will miss his presence, we respect his decision to retire and wish him all the best for the future,’ he adds.

It is not clear whether Massimo Tamburini will continue to design motorcycles – perhaps for another motorcycle manufacturer or maybe as an independent designer – though he says he will now pursue other interests outside of design.


The MV Agusta F4 Tamburini - the most beautiful motorcycle in the world...

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