Luigi Dall’Igna to become General Manager of Ducati Corse

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Ducati Corse has announced that Luigi Dall’Igna has been appointed as its new General Manager, officially taking up the position on 11 November. He will replace Bernhard Gobmeier, who will return to Germany with the Volkswagen Group.

Making the move from Aprilia, 47-year-old Dall’Igna brings experience from the World Superbike Championship on top of his MotoGP™ years.

‘His expertise will enable the Bologna-based manufacturer to increase its focus on the technical aspects of its racing activity, continuing to lay the foundations for a new phase of development and improving its competitive results,’ a Ducati press release reads. ‘Mr. Dall’Igna will report directly to Ducati Motor Holding CEO, Claudio Domenicali.

‘Bernhard Gobmeier, who has been the General Manager of Ducati Corse for the past ten months, will return to Germany to pursue the opportunity of a prestigious and strategic position within the Motorsport organisation of the Volkswagen Group. In his new position, the 54-year-old Engineer from Bavaria will continue his upward professional curve within the VW Group.’

It has also been confirmed that Paolo Ciabatti retains the position of MotoGP Project Manager, which he has held since January. From 11 November (the day after the 2013 MotoGP™ season comes to a close in Valencia) and onwards, he will report directly to the newly-appointed Dall’Igna, as will Ernesto Marinelli, Ducati Superbike Project Manager for the past two seasons.

“Thanks to this appointment, we can look forward to the next racing season with renewed motivation,” says Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding.

“We are confident that the new Ducati Corse organisation, and a strategy even more focused on technical development, will help us achieve our targets, ensuring that Ducati once again becomes a key player both in MotoGP™ and Superbike.

“I would like to personally thank Bernhard for his work during these past ten months and wish Gigi a warm welcome. I am certain that his solid experience combined with our technology and R&D and the technical support supplied by the Audi/VW Group, will help us restore Ducati to the level of racing excellence it had in the very recent past.”

Ducati made its MotoGP™ debut in 2003, going on to clinch the world title with Australia’s Casey Stoner in 2007. For 2014, its rider line-up will consist of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, with the latter switching from Monster Yamaha Tech3.

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