One of the key points made by incoming Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall’Igna on his first day in his new role was that a closer relationship must be forged between Ducati’s Borgo Panigale HQ and the staff working at the racetrack.
With Cal Crutchlow also joining Ducati on Monday and bringing Italian technician Daniele Romagnoli with him from Tech 3, there were plenty of new faces in the Ducati box at Valencia and Dall’Igna believes greater communication between all parties is the way forward.
The Italian explained, “It’s really important the connection between the people at the track and the people ‘at home’. We develop the bike at home and at the moment it seems like this connection is not the best. I would like to improve that area.”
Going on to describe his first steps with Ducati at the circuit, he continued, “Monday was my first day at the track as General Manager of Ducati Corse, and I’m getting to know and appreciate the working situation here. I already had an idea from the few days I spent in Borgo Panigale, because there, too, I found the technical level to be very high and the staff to have a lot of potential.”
“Now we have begun the practical part that will help us to begin working on the bike and define a strategy that will enable Ducati to improve and return to a competitive level. It’s still early to say anything about time scales and preparing more detailed plans, but I think we’re starting on the right foot.”
Dall’Igna also revealed that Ducati’s new machinery for 2014 will be introduced at the Sepang tests in February next year, once the winter testing ban concludes, but the pace of development progress the Italian manufacturer can make before and after that remains to be seen.