Ducati riders give their views on Dall’Igna hiring


andrea dovizioso nicky hayden misano motogp race 2013Ducati’s decision to hire Luigi Dall’Igna as their General Manager has been one of the major talking points of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend and with the dust having now settled following yesterday’s announcement the riders affected by the hiring have spoken.

Andrea Dovizioso will remain at Ducati next season and the Italian was clearly pleased that the news has been announced and that the team can now focus on making the necessary changes. With Bernard Gobmeier moving to another role within Volkswagan it was clear that Dovizioso was not upset to see the change at the top of Ducati’s structure. The Italian was somewhat evasive when asked for his thoughts on Gobmeier leaving but he sees it as a step that the team are willing make significant changes to move forward:

nicky-hayden-andrea-dovizoso-laguna-seca-race-2013“It is very difficult to make an answer about that because there is a long story and many things have happened until now,” said the 2004 125cc World Champion. “I am happy about this change because we need a big change. I don’t want to say something more but like in every situation many things happen but the people outside of our world can’t know and it is like this. I am happy about the situation and I will push 100% to get the results.”

Dovizioso’s teammate, Nicky Hayden, however was more direct when speaking about the changes:

nicky hayden misano motogp race 2013“I would say that I wasn’t shocked with the news [of Gobmeier],” said the American. “Things weren’t improving so I think they made a decision and Gigi has a great resume and I think it was probably the right decision.”

With Cal Crutchlow joining the team in 2014 the Englishman also spoke about Dall’Igna joining the Bologna outfit and Crutchlow was very positive about the changes and expects more to be announced soon:

cal-crutchlow-2-sepang-motogp-fp2-2013“I don’t think that Gigi coming is the end of it, there’s still more people to come. It’s still going to take a lot of time,” said the Tech3 rider. “I don’t think there is much he can do now because he is still working for Aprilia. But it is very good news, I’m optimistic and looking forward to it. They clearly have a little bit of work to do but I think Gigi is a good guy to do it.”

Dall’Igna’s role in the development of the Aprilia World Superbike and CRT machines has played a crucial role in allowing the Italian manufacturer to return to prominence following the demise of the 125 and 250cc classes. It remains to be seen exactly how those programmes will fare in the future. However, as far as Dovizioso is concerned it is clear that the Italian’s recent experiences should stand Ducati in good stead:

andrea-dovizioso-Laguna-Seca-FP1-2013“From his results in World Superbikes it looks like his bike works quite well, in Superbikes and in CRT,” said Dovizioso. “To get this result without a big budget is good and I think that Ducati’s budget next year will be bigger than he is used to. “I will speak with him very soon and I will speak about my experience of one year with Ducati. I will try and explain from my side but he has to understand the people and engineers working in Ducati.  I don’t know if he has one plan but I think he has to meet all the people in Ducati and make a decision. I am really interested to speak with him about that.”

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