Laverty: Ducati success down to Gigi Dall’inga approach

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Apsar Ducati rider Eugene Laverty has put much of the resurgent success of Ducati in MotoGP down to the management style of former Aprilia boss and now Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’inga.

Dall’igna took over at the Bologna factory in late 2013, replacing Bernhard Gobmeier as head of the Audi-owned concern’s racing department. He has past experience with Laverty, managing the Northern Irishman during his time at Aprilia’s factory WSBK team.

Speaking to MCN ahead of the opening test of 2016 in Sepang next month, Laverty says that the way in which both factory and three satellite teams are managed will be a key factory in helping to adapt to the new Michelin tyres and standardised electronics in the coming few months.

“Ducati have been really helpful in helping us find some direction with the bike. There’s a huge change needed, because the bikes have been developed for a tyre that hasn’t changed for the best part of ten years now, and we’re going to have to change that around.

“You can put that down to the Gigi approach. We know before when he was at Aprilia, even in the two-stroke days, that he utilised everyone and that he’s a great leader. No one is inferior or superior in the order; everyone is useful in some shape or form. He has eight riders on track, and he makes the most not only of all of them but of their technicians too.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer