Dall'Igna: 'To win both WSB and BSB would be ideal!'

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Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna has his sights set on world domination with the all new V4 in 2019, stating the Italian firm’s goal is to win titles in both World and British Superbikes with the bike in its first year in competition.

The V4’s predecessor, the v-twin Panigale, is Ducati’s only superbike model in history not to have won a title in the Superbike World Championship and the bike hadn’t even won a race in Britain until Shane Byrne and the PBM team took it on in 2016.

However, with the V4 R looking like a world beater on paper, Dall’Igna – the man responsible for turning around Ducati’s MotoGP effort – has set his teams a big challenge for the year ahead.

“There is only one goal – we win,” he said. “Winning both championships [WSB and BSB] is the ideal solution. We are quite happy with the first tests in World Superbike, both Chaz and Alvaro are happy with the bike and delivering similar feedback to our two test riders who have been working on it over the last year.

“We have some small problems to solve, but they are problems that all the riders agree on and we have a clear idea on the areas to improve. BSB is still one of the most important championships, we have good irders there, a good team there and would like to do well.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing