Not long after Italian motorcycle firm MV Agusta was bought by Harley-Davidson, the designer who created the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 has decided to quit.
Massimo Tamburini says he’ll move on to "design interests outside the motorcycle field" when he leaves MV Agusta at the end of this year.
"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," said the Italian company’s chief designer.
"While my decision to retire was extremely difficult to make, I am confident that the highly-talented designers and engineers in San Marino will continue the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of MV Agusta."
Harley completed its purchase of MV Agusta in August. There is no indication that this has anything to do with Tamburini’s retirement from motorcycle design, but speculation is free. One might imagine the long-distance phone calls between him and Willy G …