Gigi Dall’Igna: “Yamaha is the biggest competitor”


Gigi Dall’Igna is considered a mastermind in the MotoGP paddock. Numerous innovations originate from his pen. In the interview, the Ducati racing boss also talks about the competitors and Fabio Quartararo.

Gigi Dall’Igna is probably the greatest tinkerer in the MotoGP class. With numerous innovations, he brings Ducati’s competitors into trouble. The result: the manufacturer from Borgo Panigale won the team and constructors’ championships. In the drivers’ championship, however, Fabio Quartararo had the lead.

Therefore the question is also permissible: did mastermind Dall’Igna ever see something among his rivals that he wanted to copy? “The seamless transmission that Honda introduced, for example, was a very good idea,” says the Italian. “It’s always difficult to talk about the other plants, but I think Yamaha is the main competitor at the moment. With Fabio Quartararo they have a very good driver. “

However, Yamaha faces a similar fate as Honda, because Honda was most recently dependent on Marc Márquez and Yamaha must make sure that the Frenchman does not have to hold the flag up alone. “They won the title, that proves them right,” says Dall’Igna.

About his own work, he says: “We did our job. We were competitive again this year and that is very important for a brand. That doesn’t apply to the fans, to me and the drivers, because only the drivers’ championship counts. But to belong to the top as a manufacturer for years is also worth a lot. “

Incidentally, satisfaction can also be expressed in numbers: only four times was there no Desmosedici on the podium. Eleven pole positions went to the Reds and in the World Championship standings, Francesco Bagnaia (P2), Jack Miller (P4) and Johann Zarco (P5) landed three pilots in the top 5. With Jorge Martin, another rookie made it down the best ten drivers in the world. But there was no big hit and that’s why the tinkering at Dall’Igna continues during the winter break.

MotoGP final result driver’s world championship (after 18 races):

1st quarter 278 points. 2. Bagnaia 252. 3. Mir 208. 4. Miller 181. 5. Zarco 173. 6. Binder 151. 7. Marc Márquez 142. 8. Aleix Espargaró 120. 9. Martin 111. 10. Viñales 106. 11.Bastianini 102. 12. Pol Espargaró 100. 13. Rins 99. 14. Oliveira 94. 15. Nakagami 76. 16. Alex Márquez 70. 17. Morbidelli 47. 18. Rossi 44. 19. Marini 41. 20. Lecuona 39. 21 Petrucci 37th 22nd Bradl 14th 23rd Pirro 12th 24th Dovizioso 12th 25th Pedrosa 6th 26th Savadori 4th 27th Rabat 1st

Constructors’ championship:
1. Ducati 357 points. 2. Yamaha 309. 3. Suzuki 240. 4. Honda 214. 5. KTM 205. 6. Aprilia 121.

Team World Cup:
1. Ducati Lenovo 433 points. 2. Monster Energy Yamaha 380. 3. Suzuki Ecstar 307. 4. Pramac Racing 288. 5. Repsol Honda 250. 6. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 245. 7. LCR Honda 146. 8. Esponsorama Racing 143. 9. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 135th 10th Petronas Yamaha SRT 96th 11th Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 76th

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