Silly Season’s Key Figure: Gigi Dall’Igna, The Man Making Ducati…

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Silly Season’s Key Figure: Dall’Igna, The Man Making Ducati And Wait

Submitted by David on Tue, 2013-10-08 10:23

For the month or so, Nicky Hayden has telling the press that an on his future should come in the couple of days. On race the press asks on Thursday there’s any news, and then on Sunday, and get the same reply: No, not but it shouldn’t be long.

We know who will be signing with Hayden has been spotted in and out of the Aspar team’s truck you start to suspect he’s been given a spare key and up until recently, we though we what he would be riding, a modified version of the Aprilia ART with a new engine with valves and a seamless gearbox, and a new to put it in. But it appears that that has been put on hold, as the most contract negotiations for 2014 are to reach a climax.

The man in the eye of the storm is Gigi Dall’Igna, head of Aprilia’s racing and responsible for many of the successes the Italian factory has enjoyed the years, including a World title with Max Biaggi. that Ducati have trying to tempt Dall’Igna from Aprilia had emerged the summer, but Dall’Igna appeared to rejected Ducati’s offer. had decided to stay with after receiving assurances the MotoGP program would be to include the new ART machine incorporating pure race technology.

Now, it appears, Dall’Igna’s is up in the air again. Several sources are now that Dall’Igna could be on the of a switch to Ducati, after himself under budget at Aprilia, and having received of a free hand at Ducati. Aspar seriously considering a to the Honda production racer with backing from HRC and Honda, who are keen to see Nicky back on a Honda, US publication Rider is reporting — and Abraham’s Cardion AB team having switched to Honda, are few options left in MotoGP for

What could be even decisive is the power which is being offered at Ducati Although he will report to Gobmeier, who is currently head of Corse, Ducati is believed to offered Dall’Igna a free in reorganizing and clearing out a number of from Ducati Corse. is one of the most urgent priorities, to Ducati rider Andrea

At Aragon, he told reporters engineers] who work in the bike fix the problem. So it means the people who to fix the problem, are not fixing the problem.’

The problem was also caused by the of Filippo Preziosi as head of Corse after the purchase of by Audi. Nicky Hayden reporters at Aragon that he that Preziosi’s departure had a big hole in the racing department. was a clear leader, and that to have been missing he was gone, Hayden said.

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a man like Gigi Dall’Igna the place of Preziosi — reporting to Gobmeier, but with a hand to do as he pleases — mean the return of strong and a clear direction to Ducati.

may not be the only name in the running at Corse. MotoMatters has learned Ducati have also looking to Japan for engineering There has been no evidence the persistent paddock rumor former Yamaha boss Furusawa as the man Ducati are interested in has any in fact, that suggestion arising from the contact year between Furusawa and Preziosi.

But given the seriousness with Ducati is approaching their project for 2014 and beyond, it be discounted.

Ducati have no but to make their MotoGP a success. Although Philip has signed up again for another backing the project, the patience of the giant is wearing very Ducati have gone since winning the title in with development never up with their rivals.

If Ducati don’t bring in with the engineering brilliance and the skills to stop the rot, time in MotoGP will be brief indeed. The list of qualified to take on such a is really rather short.

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