"I learned a lot building customer bikes for Bimota, but it was so repetitive I had to leave before I got bored," admits Rodorigo, who on January 1, 1985 opened his own company under the ARP name on the other side of Rimini, a small but soon well-regarded workshop producing special parts for race or road, as well as a variety of special sportbike frames. "My passion has always been to build prototypes and one-off concepts," says the machine-room Picasso, who also became recognized as the man to visit if you had an unusual bike, and especially a racer, that needed work done. "Our team at ARP was very adaptable and could work very fast in making one-off parts or complete bikes. We were like a mouse compared to the elephant that bigger companies' development departments were, by comparison. I worked on quite a few Tesis, and we were always having problems with them which seemed impossible to resolve. But I had an Australian friend, Matthew Casey, who worked for Bimota in the 1990s, and he has four of them! He was always telling me to make a Tesi the way I wanted to-`It's your kind of motorcycle-just go and do it!' he kept telling me. So, eventually, in September 2002, I decided to do so."