Gigi Dall’Igna (Ducati): “Full support for Gresini”

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At the presentation of the new Gresini MotoGP Ducati team, Gigi Dall’Igna spoke about the expectations of Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Even after the death of ex-world champion and team owner Fausto Gresini, who died of his Covid-19 disease on February 23, 2021 at the age of just 60, his widow Nadia Padovani wanted to continue his legacy and also in 2022 with a MotoGP team up. A two-year contract was signed with Ducati Corse following the split from Aprilia Racing; Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio were engaged as drivers.

Nadia Padovani now emerges as the first team principal in the MotoGP World Championship, joined by her two sons Lorenzo and Luca, longtime Commercial Director Carlo Merlini and Chief Technical Officer Michele Masini.

What do you expect from the season? «Bastianini should get involved at the top. And rookies Fabio Di Giannantonio should fight for the title of Rookie of the Year.

Although Ducati is supporting eight riders in the coming season, Ducati racing director Giagi Dall’igna promises Team Gresini first-class technical support, because a lot can be expected from Bastianini in particular after his strong rookie season.

“Gresini Racing is now part of the Ducati family,” Dall’Igna explained today at Gresini’s online team presentation. “This team will be an important part for us in MotoGP.”

The team has on 18./19. Already passed his baptism of fire with Ducati and the new pilots at the first winter test in Jerez on November 1st. “The first test is always difficult for a rookie like Diggia,” says Gigi. “But he made a good impression, he rode well and had a big smile on his face when he got to ride the MotoGP bike for the first time. Enea, on the other hand, was allowed to try out the GP21 for the first time. It’s an evolution of the bike he fielded in 2021. He was very happy with the first impression and the first feeling. His lap times were impressive. The first step towards the 2021 season was really good. »

What does Ducati expect from the two Gresini riders in the 2021 season? “Enea Bastianini did very well in his rookie season,” Dall’Igna assures. “He has achieved two third places. Now it’s about him continuing to improve and continue to prove his talent. I think he could be one of the real protagonists in the 2021 season.”

With Fabio “Diggia” Di Giannantonio, Ducati’s expectations are not much lower. “I hope that he can pull himself out of the affair as well as Enea did last year,” says the Ducati racing boss.

Ducati has distributed no fewer than five Desmosedici GP22 for the upcoming season. Two to Ducati Lenovo for Miller and Bagnaia, two to Pramac for Zarco and Martin, one to the Mooney VR46 Rossi team for Marini. There are also three GP21s for Bezzecchi, Bastianini and Di Giannantonio. «We will help Team Gresini in the best possible way in the coming season, not only from a technical point of view but also from a human point of view, which is very important. We will offer enough manpower for Gresini. We have eight MotoGP riders, including many young talents. That’s part of our strategy for the premier class.”

By the way: After the main sponsor FlexBox withdrew his commitment in August, the private Italian team is now known as “Team Gresini Racing MotoGP”.

It will require an annual budget of around €10 million, but Dorna contributes around half of that amount – as with all two-rider customer teams. The leasing costs are capped at 2.2 million euros per driver. For used motorcycles like Gresini, leasing should be between 1.5 and 1.8 million per driver.

MotoGP Test Jerez, November 19:

1. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 36.872 min
2. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 0.452 sec
3. Rins, Suzuki, +0.551
4. Pol Espargaró, Honda, +0.624
5. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.750
6. Mir, Suzuki, +0.762
7. Nakagami, Honda, +0.800
8. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.826
9.Miller, Ducati, +0.845
10. Alex Marquez, Honda, +0.888
11. Brad Binder, KTM, +1.070
12. Marini, Ducati, +1.153
13. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1.157
14. Oliveira, KTM, +1.213
15. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1,228
16. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +1,277
17. Zarco, Ducati, +1.288
18. Martin, Ducati, +1,563
19. Di Giannantonio *, Ducati, +1.656
20. Raúl Fernández *, KTM, +1.819
21. Savadori, Aprilia, +1,852
22. Gardner *, KTM, +1.856
23. Guintoli, Suzuki, + 2,168
24. Pedrosa, KTM, + 2,313
25. Bezzecchi*, Ducati, +2,440
26. Darryn Binder*, Yamaha, +3,069

* = MotoGP rookie

MotoGP test Jerez, combined times (November 18th and 19th):

1. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 36.872 min
2. Nakagami, Honda, + 0.441 sec
3. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 0.452
4. Zarco, Ducati, + 0.484
5. Bastianini, Ducati, + 0.530
6. Rins, Suzuki, + 0.551
7. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 0.624
8. Viñales, Aprilia, + 0.750
9. Mir, Suzuki, + 0.762
10. Miller, Ducati, + 0.845
11. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 0.888
12. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1,012
13. Brad Binder, KTM, +1,070
14. Marini, Ducati, +1,153
15. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1,157
16. Oliveira, KTM, +1,213
17. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +1,277
18. Martin, Ducati, +1,280
19. Di Giannantonio *, Ducati, +1.656
20. Raúl Fernández *, KTM, +1.819
21. Savadori, Aprilia, +1,852
22. Gardner *, KTM, +1.856
23. Guintoli, Suzuki, + 2,168
24. Pedrosa, KTM, + 2,313
25. Kallio, KTM, + 2,404
26. Bezzecchi *, Ducati, + 2,440
27. Darryn Binder *, Yamaha, + 3,069
28. Tsuda, Suzuki, + 4.064

* = MotoGP rookie

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