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The ex-rider factor: Luca Boscoscuro

The ex-rider factor: Luca Boscoscuro

Coordinator of the Gilera and Derbi teams, Luca Boscoscuro has been a long-standing collaborator of Piaggio Group racing director Giampiero Sacchi, but first worked with him as a rider.

Coordinator of the Gilera and Derbi teams, Luca Boscoscuro has been a long-standing collaborator of Piaggio Group racing director Giampiero Sacchi, but first worked with him as a rider. After winning the European 250cc title in 1995, ´Bosco´ made his Grand Prix debut in 1996 with Sacchi´s Scuderia Carrizosa - which would help a young Valentino Rossi to take his first title the following year.

Riding on a privateer Aprilia against hordes of factory machines, the Vicenza-native held his own and secured several top 10 finishes in his first season, including 6 places at the Paul Ricard and the Nürburgring. Eventually, 10th overall allowed him to take the IRTA Cup, which rewards the best privateer. However, in one of the most competitive eras of 250cc racing, Boscoscuro failed to improve on this result in following years, privateer machinery locking him in the role of the eternal underdog. A steady top-15 finisher, he eventually concluded his racing career at the end of a disappointing 2001 season with Campetella Racing.

However Boscoscuro remained involved in the Grand Prix scene when Sacchi offered him a job as the racing manager of Team Italia, the Gilera youth effort which then launched Italian rookies Mattia Angeloni and Michele Fabrizio. Also a rookie manager, Boscoscuro adapted well to his new role - apart for the occasional itch to ride - and he swiftly stepped up as racing manager for the Derbi and Gilera efforts.

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MotoGP, 2007

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