Ducati boss Dall’Igna: We have to win

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Ducati Corse Racing Manager Gigi Dall’Igna has firmly set out his targets for the 2016 season – winning races.

The Italian manufacturer, which Dall’Igna has been heralded as playing a key role in reviving the tracing fortunes of after his defection from Aprilia – came close in 2015 on numerous occasions, especially in the early part of the season.

But, with their success tailing off towards the middle of the year, the Italian says that consistency and results will come hand in hand in the coming season.

“Our aim for this year is to be constantly together with the leaders in all rounds of the championship. In 2015 we obtained eight podiums with the factory team with four second places, but we did not always have the same consistency in our performance during the season.

“This year however the aim is to always fight for the leading positions and get back to winning races again. We know that it is an extremely ambitious aim, but we are used to accepting the most difficult of challenges.”

Speaking yesterday at the team’s launch at their Bologna base, he also admitted that rule changes have meant that there’s been a lot of work to do for the team.

“The Desmosedici GP that we are presenting today in its definitive livery is an evolution version of the bike that we used throughout last year.

“In this season there have been some important regulation changes: the unified software and the new Michelin tyres, and so the most important part of the work has been to adapt the bike to these changes. “

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer