Ducati is experiencing its moment of grace and counts on a technical and numerical supremacy that annoys rival manufacturers. Gigi Dall’Igna replies to the requests of his opponents.
Ducati supremacy gives a lot of annoyance to rival brands that are asking for a change of regulation. Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna responds to his opponents.
Eight Ducatis on the MotoGP grid
Ducati is the reigning champion, leader of the 2023 World Championship with Marco Bezzecchi followed by Pecco Bagnaia, can boast eight bikes on the starting grid, the most competitive package. A supremacy that rival manufacturers are starting to find uncomfortable and in recent years they have repeatedly asked for changes to the regulations to try to stem the excessive power of the Emilian brand.
It happened with aerodynamics, with holeshot devices, now Aprilia and the other manufacturers are asking to impose a maximum limit of customer teams for each manufacturer. Gigi Dall’Igna he doesn’t agree and responds in kind to the requests of his opponents: “Since I’ve been in MotoGP, I’ve never asked to change the regulation. Other builders always want to make changes. I study the rules and act accordingly“, he said in an interview with Speedweek.com.
Gigi Dall’Igna responds to the opponents
Nothing prevents that Ducati he has eight bikes on the grid and wants to continue on this path next season as well, although he is aware that sooner or later he will inevitably have to give up a satellite team. Thanks to the free market, he was able to sign both the Gresini Racing team and the Mooney VR46 Racing Team in 2022, offering a winning prototype at more advantageous economic conditions than his rivals. Even the team of Valentino Rossi preferred to opt for Ducati rather than Yamaha, everyone was free to make their own offer and agree to follow one brand rather than another.
TO Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing managing director, does not like to see two Yamahas and eight Ducatis and calls for the number of prototypes for each manufacturer to be limited to six. The general manager of House of Borgo Panigale relaunches the challenge, remembers that leasing costs in Ducati are quite high and replies: “The regulation does not provide for a limit on the number of teams or drivers, there is free competition. I don’t know what’s unfair about that. If Aprilia wants more bikes on the grid, it can try to convince more teams. Each MotoGP team can freely decide on the choice of material“.