With the news that Ducati MotoGP team boss Livio Suppo announced he would be leaving the team and heading for Honda, another bombshell has been dropped for Ducati, being that World Superbike team boss Davide Tardozzi has also handed in his resignation.

At the final World Superbike race Tardozzi was visably annoyed with Michel Fabrizio for taking the win and not helping team-mate Noriyuki Haga. It’s perhaps the lack of support from within the team that has lead to the Italian boss leaving the team.

Talking of his move Tardozzi revealed that it wasn’t an easy choice: “It was a painful decision. You cannot leave a company with whom you have worked exceptionally for almost 20 years without feeling regret,” Tardozzi told GPone.com.

“I was losing motivation and therefore thought it appropriate to notify Ducati of my decision in time to prepare my replacement before the new season.

“I will remain in racing only if I am offered something important. And so far nothing has come up. Otherwise I will get on with other activities outside of motorcycling. But racing is still my world.”

During his time with Ducati Tardozzi oversaw a total of 10 titles, Carl Fogarty (4), Troy Bayliss (3), Troy Corser (1), Neil Hodgson (1) and James Toseland (1).