Pierre Terblanche is acclaimed as one of the world's leading motorcycle designers, responsible for creating iconic desmo V-twin models for Ducati such as the Multistrada, Hypermotard, Supermono, and its trio of Sport Classics, as well as the controversial 999 Superbike, which has since become a prized design icon. As its chief designer in the ‘90s, his creations were responsible for fuelling Ducati's resurgence in the decade following the 1997 takeover of the Italian company by U.S. investment house Texas Pacific/TPG. After leaving Ducati in December 2007, Terblanche produced several aquatic designs for South Africa's Bobkat Boats, including an offshore patrol vessel to counter the piracy afflicting the African coast off Nigeria and Somalia. But his primarily focus has always been on motorcycles, and in November 2008 he joined the Piaggio Design dream team of former key Cagiva/MV Agusta employees headed by Miguel Galluzzi, creator of the Ducati Monster and a former colleague from the CRC design centre in Varese, Italy. Terblanche's arrival gave added impetus in rejuvenating Moto Guzzi's model range where he he produced three widely-acclaimed, radical-looking showbikes for the 2009 EICMA Milan Show. Sadly, none made it to manufacture. In January 2011, Terblanche headed to Great Britain where he was charged with the challenge of revitalising Norton, by developing a range of new models to supplement the Commando 961. But after six frustrating months at the undercapitalized company, Pierre opted to move on, spending the next year working on two projects for European manufacturers. Terblanche now joins Confederate to take on a new distinctly American challenge.