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Old Nov 27th 2018, 09:53 AM   #1
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WSBK and endurance interview with GIGI

Before returning to follow the development work of the Panigale V4 R the Ducati Corse leader, Luigi Dall'Igna, met the journalists present at Jerez to take stock of the situation and also an important announcement. With the new engine the horizon the challenge will soon be extended to the World Endurance.

'Endurance is a very important series for us " considers the Veneto technician. "Now we are working to get back winning in Superbike but for the medium term we are also interested in Endurance."

Let's talk about the Panigale V4 R: the stopwatch smiles, are you satisfied?

"Yes, there is optimism ( here the times of Jerez, first day ) Obviously we still have a lot of work to do, the bike is completely new, we have solved several problems, but there are still things to fix in some areas. Let's say we're 80% of the potential. "

What remains to do?

"For over a year we have entrusted the development to our testers, Lorenzo Zanetti and Michele Pirro. It was time to entrust the task to our official pilots. There are still small problems to solve, all pilots agree with the indications given to us by the testers. From now on, each rider will ask for more specific things to adapt the bike to his style. There is a lot of room for improvement. "

How heavy is it to leave the twin-cylinder engine?

"We leave the twin-cylinder because we had reached the highest possible level of development. We had no more space to move forward. With this regulation it is impossible to win in Superbike with this configuration. Not only for Ducati, but I think for any manufacturer. The V4 engine is a motor that has the DNA of Ducati: we use the Desmodromico system, we also use the same motorization for many years in MotoGP. I'm talking about races, not production. "

At this point we all expect Ducati to win. Very early….

"I can say that all the pressure you're putting on me is nothing compared to what I'm putting on my own (smiles, ed). Of course, we want to win, the ambition is clear. But in racing you never know how you can go. I do not know if this bike will win the World Cup, and how long it will take. But I'm sure we'll start playing with it again. This is the first goal, and we are sure we can achieve it. Win both World Cup, Superbike and MotoGP? It would be the ideal solution (smile, ed)

The 2019 Superbike has 13 official bikes on 18 participants. What do you think?

"I agree with the fact that Superbike has to become the team championship. But it is clear that the Builders need to be committed at the highest level, to provide the teams with a level support ".

The Ducati V4 R will run over 15,000 laps. There is already talk of regulatory advantage ...

"It is not fair to talk about limitation of laps before the World Cup begins. Kawasaki won the last four or five World Championships, I lost the bill because they are so many (smile, ed). Q hen Ducati has won four World Championships, maybe it will be right to talk about putting some penalty, not now . "

With the Ducati Panigale V4 R there will also be two customer trainings. Is it an advantage?

"We aim to create an environment like in MotoGP, where we have a good number of customer training. This is not only important because it allows us to recover a bit of the investment we make in the races, but especially because more bikes on the track means more information, from different drivers and teams. This helps us make development much faster. "

Alvaro Bautista and Eugene Laverty are two big purchases.

"Alvaro Bautista ( here the video ) is a good driver, with him I won a 125 World Championship (in 2006, with Aprilia, ed), I think he will give us a good hand. Laverty is more than a pilot, he is a friend. He has the contract directly with the Go Eleven team, the support plan is still in definition. We are negotiating what kind of material and assistance to provide. Each customer team will have at least one person from the racing department. "

For a few years it seemed that Ducati no longer cared about the Superbike ...

"Ducati is the only manufacturer that invests heavily in both championships. And looking at the story, no other manufacturer has invested so much in Superbike like the Ducati. I can not tell you how many people work on the Superbike, because I have a lot of people working in unison on both projects. We want to win anywhere. And we're doing it all. "

sauce: Luigi Dall?Igna: ?Ducati vuole battere Jonathan Rea, poi penseremo all?Endurance? ? Corsedimoto
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Great read Phl. Thanks for finding that and posting up.I like to hear his words. Sounds to me that he has a real passion to win. Go Ducati for 2019.
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