MotoGP » Dall’Igna talks Ducati Factory/Open dilemma


“For us probably, I'm not sure, it will be difficult to develop the bike with the Factory MotoGP rules” - Gigi Dall'Igna, Ducati.

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TrueFan

February 06, 2014 3:56 PM

Go open Gigi.

Aleix has proven that the software is not an overwhelming handicap, and he put that time on an Open Yamaha that is said to run hand-me-down go-fast bits from Cal's old bike. You can bet that Rossi and Lorenzo are running better kit than AE. Dovi did the best lap ever around Sepang on a Ducati, and he's still 8 tenths back.

They also need more than one rider providing feedback as the changes are tried.

MotoMarc

February 06, 2014 4:03 PM

It would make more sense to dump the entire Motogp program for Ducati to concentrate on WSB efforts. But barring that it would make sense for Ducati to go the Open route to allow them more freedom with engine and chassis development. But do the rules allow a total factory effort to run under the Open Class rules? I guess if Gigi is considering it than they can.

gammagamma

February 06, 2014 5:01 PM
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He looks like he has been there 20 years. They are going to need to make a two-seater and get people to pay for rides after Marlboro bails. Maybe they could win if they have a bigger engine than everybody else.

ducati1098

February 06, 2014 7:17 PM

I think it's inevitable that Ducati will pursue the Open route since the current Factory rules do not allow further development to make their bike competitive. I certainly hope that they pursue this route just to increase the standings of their bike. Should the bike starts challenging for podiums, they can start attracting the young guns in Ducati. What Ducati needs to do is to highly focus on acquiring the services of a Lorenzo and Marquez, and possibly even one of the Espargaro brothers to ensure bike development appeals Ducati brasses and sponsors.

Realist

February 06, 2014 7:25 PM

Ducati should go Open........and if they can't get that bike up and going in the next couple of years, they should just concentrate on WSB (...especially is Suzuki comes in with a wildcard and does better than them).

Chopper51

February 06, 2014 7:32 PM

Open Class for Ducati only confirms that they cannot meet and or exceed the challenge of beating the others by utilizing the same rules! Just like in WSB, they could only win when the rule benefited them. Please do not take the easy way out!

Realist

February 06, 2014 7:46 PM

Chopper51: Open Class for Ducati only confirms that they cannot meet and or exceed the challenge of beating the others by utilizing the same rules! Just like in WSB, they could only win when the rule benefited them. Please do not take the easy way out!



I think this is a very myopic perspective that you've presented. Open Class options are within the rules. Running a twin in WSB is within the rules. If other manufacturers chose/choose not to follow suit, that's their prerogative.

RossL

February 06, 2014 7:49 PM

Obviously those in charge of MotoGP want everyone to go Open eventually, so why shouldn't Ducati go now? It's not like they have anything to lose - they're already the slowest factory bike out there. The factory rules are there to ensure Honda and Yamaha don't just buy the season by developing constantly - this rule isn't really targeted at Ducati, it just makes them suffer.

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