(A brief interview with Gobmeier is above)
Lost in the hubbub of who was gone from the Ducati garage during testing this week at Valencia - Valentino Rossi - was the continued presence of another major player in the team who was still there.
Filippo Preziosi still was overseeing the development of Ducati's MotoGP bike during testing Tuesday and Wednesday at Valencia for riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso despite rumors that he would be replaced after the season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia.
Preziosi spoke very much in the future tense when asked about future upgrades and tweaks to the bike during testing this week, as if he was still going to be the captain of the SS Ducati under new ownership by Audi. He also acknowledged that a change in bike design and theory - such as the rumor that Suter will build frames for the GP13 - may be needed for Ducati to emerge from its wilderness of the last two seasons.
"Ducati in MotoGP is the only company that has proven over the years openness to change and try new things if they consider useful in performance," Preziosi said. "This will be part of the DNA of Ducati, independently of the people who work there. We are open to change if one serious study shows that the choice can increase competitiveness."
But will that change also sweep up Preziosi? Italian motocycle media reported this week that Audi is trying to lure former BMW World Superbike boss Bernhard Gobmeier to replace Preziosi as the head of Ducati's MotoGP team.