It's been over a year since Pierre Terblanche parted company with Ducati, after more than a decade as the Bologna motorcycle manufacturer's design director. Following a short stay at Volkswagen in Germany, Pierre Terblanche began his motorcycle design career at the Cagiva Research Center (CRC) in San Marino, working as understudy to the legendary Massimo Tamburini. When Cagiva offloaded Ducati to the Texas Pacific Group in 1996, Terblanche went along as design director. He'll be remembered for creating the instantly iconic Ducati Supermono, Ducati Hypermotard and Ducati SportClassics, but also for more contentious creations such as the Ducati Multistrade and Ducati 999 Superbike.
Terblanche left his post in Borgo Panigale during the last days of 2007 to launch his own independent design studio. He wanted to create more and manage less, and explore other design challenges – perhaps boats, he said at the time.
We don't know if his nautical aspirations were ever satisfied, but we have learned that he is currently working with Moto Guzzi. Is it possible that Terblanche take over styling responsibility for the struggling Italian icon? No official announcement yet, but Pierre Terblanche is reportedly 'very excited' about the work. So we could see in the near future some new Moto Guzzi's to get excited about.