Iconic motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini is resigning his position as MV Agusta Design Chief effective December 31, 2008. “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,” Tamburini stated. “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.”
Tamburini will now pursue “design interests outside the motorcycle
field.” Coming so soon after Harley-Davidson acquired MV Agusta, it’s
inevitable that inferences will be made that Tamburini is departing as
a result of that purchase. No official statement has been made by
either Tamburini or MV Agusta to that effect.
One of the most iconic motorcycle designers of all time, Tamburini is
best known for the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4 (which was
originally conceived as a replacement for the 916), as well as the
Cagiva Mito and Ducati Paso. All four of those bikes are in the photo
We can only hope that retirement gives Tamburini the opportunity to
shed some light on the incredibly insular world of Italian motorcycle
design. His career is surrounded by controversy, including rumors that
it was his protégé, Pierre Terblanche, who actually penned the face of the 916.