Timeline

Early Years

Germany

Until 1986

Born 1966
Grown up on a farm in central western Germany
First Bike Zündapp 100 @ 13 years
3 years regional Trial championship
4 years German amateur Motocross championship

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Engineering Studies
Munich Germany and Bologna Italy
1986-1993

University of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) Munich.

Specialisation: Automotive Engineering

University of Bologna (Italy): Erasmus and Comett scholarship of the European Community

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ATK MOTORCYCLES
CALIFORNIA USA
1989-1991

R&D and Racing-Mechanic

R&D mechanic for development, testing and production of Moto-Cross and Desert-racing-bikes during 18 months internship through University of Applied Sciences.

Racing-mechanic.

Assistant of team-manager during 1989 BAJA 1000 in Mexico.

Factory-racer in 1991 BAJA 500 in Mexico (10 th overall) on ATK  604



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Engines Engineering
Bologna Italy
1992-1993

Design- and Project-Engineer, Mechanic and Modelmaker

Design and development of small-size motorcycles and scooters

Model-making, design and prototype manufacturing, international correspondence

Elaboration of engineering-thesis: “Conception, interpretation and constructive elaboration of a Scooter-frame as a part of a complex vehicle development-process”




 

Aprilia S.p.A.
Noale (Venice) Italy
1994-2003

Technical Projectmanager R+D, Productgroupleader

In charge of design and development of production-motorcycles in R+D: business-plan, benchmarking, concept-study, profile-books, styling, design, prototype-development, on-road and lab-testing, supplier-negotiations, graphics and production-start.

Development of strategic components with foreign suppliers, supplier-negotiations.

Cooperating in market analysis, press-launches and technical documentation.

Projects realized among others: Tuono (2002-2003), SL 1000 Falco (1999), Pegaso 650 Cube (1997)






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Derbi Nacional Motor SAU, Martorelles (Barcelona) Spain 2003-2008

Technical Director and Project Manager

2007-2008 in charge of R+D department (35 people) including styling-studio, design, development and testing-facilities, reporting directly to CEO.
Leading the development of new 125 cc 4-stroke engine for the Piaggio-group brands
2003-2006 Productgroup leader:
Concept, prototype, design and development of the biggest motorcycle ever produced by a Spanish company, Derbi Mulhacén 659.
In charge of R&D of new vehicles including profile-books, technical approval for series-production
Application of new R+D process in Derbi, new testing-procedures and new R+D-department

 

Sabbatical 2008-2010

Italy

Rallye Racing

Freelance Journalism

Safety Instructor at FMI-allied Motorcycle training GSSS in Polcanto, Italy

Certified tourguide during Dainese Italian Legandary Tour 2009 and 2010

Certified tourguide and assistant to racedirector during 2009 and 2010 Motogiro d'Italia

Rallye Mechanic


Design and construction of Rallye racebike based on Yamaha XT 500


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Ricardo Engineering Germany
Schwäbisch Gmünd Germany
2011-2014

Chief engineer and projectleader for powertrain development programs from concept-design to Turnkey-Industrialization and Business-Development activities.

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Engineering Consulting Studio starting 2016

Germany

Engineering Consulting

International tourguide for french and italian motorcycle tour operators

Organisation of motorcycle press launch

Business development activities for automotive supplier



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digades GmbH
Zittau Germany
2017-2018

OEM Sales Manager for electronic systems for the motorcycle industry
Business development

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Indipendent Freelance Journalist and Motorcycle Coach

Based in Germany

Since early 2019

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