MotoGP: Ducati Corse’s New «Junior Team » Strategy

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MotoGP: Ducati Corse’s New Team” Strategy

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is on the verge of a large-scale overhaul of a part of its MotoGP strategy. In its approach to satellite teams is set to radically, with its satellite set to receive factory-spec Desmosedicis will have a much relationship with the Borgo factory, says Ducati Alessandro Cicognani. “The goal is to have a more bike,” Cicognani said, to us after the race at Mugello. “In scenario, we are thinking that the team could be a help to more effective results quickly for the factory team.”

The is to take a leaf out of Yamaha’s Cicognani explained. “The we are thinking about is like a 3 but with factory-spec bikes, like that,” he said, emphasizing that the plans had yet to be “We are thinking about it. We have ideas.”

Part of the goal be to help speed-up development of the bikes. The satellite team or – talks are still ongoing both the Marc VDS team and Pramac about racing as a team – would also be to help test new ideas and see if are worth pursuing further, placing an extra burden on the team. The satellite team be used to see if those ideas in a racing environment, instead of on just the test team and the team, Cicognani explained, much would depend on the of rider and the strategy.

The choice of a rider would be Cicognani explained. Where in years, Ducati has simply out the bikes to satellite teams and it up to the teams to find riders, the rider and the structure around it come first. “It’s a approach to what we have had in the the Ducati boss said. goal will be two things: to the rider, and to put the rider on a Ducati. two things have to be on the same If you don’t have the riders are able to perform at a certain maybe this is not helpful, strategy would not work.”

Scott Redding and Andrea testing at Mugello this it is clear which direction is looking in. But Cicognani would not be on names for the riders, saying “if you look at Moto2, and you look at the riders, the names are obvious.” is more interested in youth experience, though, he said. “We a young rider. Maybe not a who is already a top rider, but a young who still has to prove his capability, his A rider that would in the be a good step for the factory

The structure will be as important as the however. “We want to find the rider, find the right and put it close to the factory in terms of said Cicognani. The team’s strategy had been a hindrance in of development, he added. “We don’t to have two different bikes, in the end, this doesn’t for the development of the bike.” To that it would also make sense for Ducati to support a two-rider team rather two separate teams with one but the economic realities may not make possible.

“I would say the ideal would be to have one team two riders, because it’s in terms of logistics, and would be But again, we have to face up to the that the general economic of the world is not very good, so we may to have a mixed situation.” The implementation was less important the concept, however. “The important thing is to maintain the we have. Maybe we have to a few things, but the idea is the most the main pillar of the idea is

The two candidates to run Ducati’s satellite – the term Junior team is bandied about, though refrained from using it – are Marc VDS Racing, currently Scott Redding in Moto2, and who are racing a satellite Ducati Hector Barbera this The Pramac team has a long with Ducati, but the collapse of parent company – the Italian supplier of the same name – has financial constraints on the squad. has strong interest in both; the factory has been interested in Redding for quite some and has a long relationship with

The financial realities are such neither squad could a two-man team unless financially by Ducati. Marc VDS principal Michael Bartholemy that operating as a Ducati team would only be if funded by the Bologna factory. “We be interested, but only if they are in us,” Bartholemy told us. “If believes in us, then we can do this, but not if we to pay.” Alessandro Cicognani had me previously that the factory was at radically dropping its prices, news that Cardion AB not be racing a Ducati again in

The financial package is only of the deal though. Involvement in the process is much more key to VDS Racing’s plans. The prospect of a Ducati is currently unappealing – “It is to win in Moto2 than to be uncompetitive in Bartholemy said – unless was an added incentive to take in the project.

Having access to a bike will help, but input into the development is much more significant. close to the team emphasized being involved in improving the and understanding the development process key to any decision to move up to MotoGP. It was not the money, they affirmed, it was the development.

To get an idea of the depth of Ducati’s to the idea of running a junior team owner Marc van de was present at Mugello for Scott test on board the Ducati bike. Redding had been impressive on the lapping comfortably inside the mark at the iconic Italian with a second and a half of Rossi’s fastest race despite higher temperatures and a dirtier track than the race.

The team was hoping to a proposal from the Bologna but nothing concrete had appeared by the end of test. Marc VDS are hoping to up to MotoGP with Scott keeping much of their structure intact, including key staff, but such a move a solid commitment from So far, though, there are no signs of any such commitment from the Bologna factory.

problem is that their appear to be currently on hold, as await the decision of Valentino on whether he will stay the Italian factory or whether he leave to return to Yamaha. that decision has been more of the factory’s efforts can be at completing their plans for satellite teams for 2013.

Whether Scott Redding and Iannone – the other Moto2 currently testing the Desmosedici at – move up to MotoGP for next will be dependent on the outcome of deliberations. A decision was expected Cicognani had said at Mugello, the end of the summer break.


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This article was published on MotoMatters. and is republished on Asphalt Rubber with permission by the

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