LEADING motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini has died at the age of 70. For over 13 years Tamburini was Head of the MV Agusta Design and Engineering Division at CRC (Centro Ricerche Castiglioni) in San Marino, designing Cagiva, Ducati and MV Agusta motorcycles with Claudio Castiglioni.
|Massimo Tamburini, seen here right, with Claudio Castiglioni|
Regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle chassis engineers of the 20th century, with the self-made frame of the MV Agusta 750 Sport launching him onto the international stage in the early 1970s, he was one of the founders of Bimota. In a career that made him the 'go-to-guy' of the Italian motorcycle industry his design credentials include the Ducati Paso 750, the hugely admired Ducati 916, the MV Agusta F4, and the current Brutale models.
Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta, said that “Massimo was one of the legends of the motorcycle industry. He was a great designer, but above all he was truly passionate about motorcycles. He left our company a precious heritage and will always occupy a place of honour in the industry”.