As he made his way through the crowds at Mugello, hardly anyone noticed Filippo Preziosi coming through the throng of people held back from the rear door of the Ducati garage.
They were waiting to see Loris Capirossi or Casey Stoner, but would dash off like startled sheep if there was a scream or a yelp from the back of the Yamaha garage. Maybe Valentino Rossi was there? Maybe there was the chance of getting the autograph.
The curly haired Italian - Preziosi that is, not Rossi - was given hardly a flicker of attention from any of the fans waiting at the garage. Most probably had no idea that he had made the big fire-breathing red device in that garage. He, after all, is the project leader and technical director for Ducati Moto Grand Prix.