Filippo Preziosi Interview: On Ducati’s Four Riders For 2013, Future…

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Filippo Preziosi Interview: On Four Riders For 2013, Developments, And The Spec ECU

Submitted by Emmett on Tue, 2012-09-18

Ducati Corse director and engineering guru Filippo was a busy man at Misano. Besides the race weekend at the circuit and for the test on Monday, Preziosi a lot of time talking to a number of was one of the lucky few who were ten minutes with Preziosi, and so we at the chance.

In the interview, Preziosi a number of topics: the Ducati team strategy, Ducati’s riders for 2013, the current and developments for next season all among the subjects discussed. also talked about the of the spec ECU which will be for 2014, and gave the impression he was not opposed to the idea. Below is Preziosi had to say to us: Next you have the Ducati junior in place. Can you explain how you see that in terms of development? Will you four equal riders or two who get equipment ahead of the other

Filippo Preziosi: I think the difference between next and the years before is that we that every development will be developed by the company be supplied to the satellite team by In the past it was an option that the teams had, but there are commercial issues, so sometimes did it, sometimes they didn’t.

Now we are close, so when we develop for our factory team, we want to to the satellite teams, if the riders the changes. So we would like to be as as we can.

MM: Having four helps?

FP: It’s not a commercial now. In the past, it was mainly a issue, now it is something that is linked to the company.

MM: The statement the signing of Ben Spies and Andrea for the Pramac junior team was by Ducati Corse. Does mean they have with Ducati, or with

FP: I don’t want to go into issues in depth. But for sure, are really linked to the company.

MM: Can you explain how having four on the same bike fits in working with Audi? Do you the pace of development to increase of the assistance from Audi?

FP: For now having two different bikes the factory team and the satellite it is difficult to compare the data. Of if you have similar bikes, in their specs, for all the riders, we can the data easily from an point of view, so it helps to the bike.

MM: You now have four riders: Andrea Iannone, who is inexperienced, but fast; Nicky who has a lot of experience with the Ducati; Ben who has experience of the factory Yamaha; and Dovizioso, who has experience with the Honda and the Yamaha. Was it important to that mix?

FP: It’s a mix. We were speaking different riders, but we believe the riders that we have add real value to the company, so is important for us.

MM: What do you expect to get from and in what kind of timescale?

FP: too early to speak about They just started to a look at the company and at Ducati For sure I’m very to be part of a company that has a high level of technology.

MM: But you spoken about how they can you and what you need from

FP: We are just at the beginning of this

MM: Do you have an idea of how the bike is to change for next year?

FP: For we will develop the bike the end of this season. We have material we tested two weeks We have some material to on Monday, and based on the results of test in terms of rider lap times, and data, we will do the steps.

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For me, the crucial point be the Valencia post-race tests, based on the comments we can collect, from Dovi and Ben, who are from a bike that is at a very high level, we can what their riding needs and in which areas we are and in which areas we can improve the

MM: So the bike which Valentino is riding here at Misano be the basis for the bike at Valencia?

FP: We the technology one year ago [when switched from a carbon-fiber subframe to an aluminium perimeter — MM] and we are developing the bike this technology. So for this and if you look at what the other are doing, it is very similar.

Of we are ready and we did it, because in Mugello, we something that we called a bike, because we had different in a different position, different tank, different frame and swingarm. So considering that the fork is the same for every and the wheels, it means the bike was But we will keep the small in the front and the big wheel in the back

MM: I saw also your reaction to the interview which Masao did, speaking of the meetings you I understand you were surprised to see the of those meetings published.

FP: Surprised means that I was not this. Because usually I with Masao, and I spoke other guys without [being published]. But I’m not because what he told was words about me, so I’m about that.

MM: The impression I got was he was very impressed by your and your commitment.

FP: He should not be because he is the same. I like very much, because as a he is someone who has a real passion for So we spoke with him, in the past when we were we had discussions with him even technical issues, of course giving away secrets, but we would speak like you speak over a beer.

MM: In the spec ECU will be made for anyone who wants to use it, and it seems Carmelo Ezpeleta is determined to the spec ECU for 2014. How do you see the spec ECU for

FP: I told many times from the point of view of and to close the gap between manufacturers and assemblers, a spec ECU is very On the other side, from the point of view, you have not any to develop strategies and better in the chassis the vehicle dynamics you to control. So it’s a trade-off.

on the economic situation in the world, you to go in one direction or the other. So we will inside the company and we will our position.

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