On The Record: Gigi Dall’Igna

New Ducati Corse general manager describes his first week on the job.

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This is a really big challenge for me. I spent my previous life with a different brand. Now, I start with Ducati. For sure, it's not an easy job because Ducati comes from a difficult two or three years. We have to change a lot to improve everything.

I will start with organization. There are two completely different units inside Ducati Corse. One is the racetrack unit, and the other is the people who live in Bologna. The first job will be to properly join these two areas to improve the flow of information from the racetrack to the people who work at Ducati. After that, I have to work on the technical problems.

When you speak about people, you have to be careful because people are not things. After one week, I have found a really good staff in all parts of the bike. In the future, if it becomes necessary to improve something in some area, we will find the best solution.

I am very happy to work with Claudio Domenicali because he is one of the most important persons in the motorcycle world. He did some really good things in the past.

In my experience, you have to work on all parts of the motorcycle. The most important problem seems to be the chassis, but improvement in the engine will be welcome.

Desmodromic is a good system. At the moment, I don't see any reason to change it.

Electronics are one of the most important parts of the evolution of the racing motorcycle. So, for us, it is very important to develop the bike in that area. Not only for racing but also for production.

I have wanted to work with Andrea Dovizioso for many years. I'm really happy that he will now be at my side to help me develop the bike. I do not know Cal Crutchlow very well. He arrived in MotoGP a different way. He improved a lot in 2013, so I'm happy he has joined Ducati.

Cooperation between Pramac and Ducati will strong like in the past. The Open class will be the future of MotoGP, so I think it's important to start in advance with this project.

MotoGP is the most important class in the world for motorcycle racing. On the other hand, Superbike is part of Ducati's history. We have to work in that area, too. The priority will be MotoGP, but, for sure, we also have to develop the Superbike.

Paolo Ciabatti will be not only MotoGP manager but also sporting director of Ducati Corse. That means he will also work in Superbike. He has a lot of experience with the Superbike project in different positions, so I think it is really important for us to use that experience.

Bernhard Gobmeier did a good job, but we are completely different people. Maybe I will do something better in some area and something worse in another area. For sure, I will do my best.

I don't want to speak too much about budget, but I think Ducati has to live alone. It's an important brand, and this brand can catch a lot of sponsorship opportunities. I don't think it is necessary to ask for money from somewhere else in the world.

Ducati has developed something new for the first test at Sepang in February. In the meantime, I will try to put my own ideas on the bike.