Not content with dominating the Sepang MotoGP test and taking the top four timesheet slots, Ducati MotoGP boss Gigi Dall’Igna believes the factory still needs something more to ensure a world title in 2019.
Danilo Petrucci shattered the circuit’s outright lap record today and had three other Bologna riders in tow - all under Lorenzo’s 2018 benchmark - but it isn’t enough for Dall’Igna, who pointed out that Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow are riding injured, while Jorge Lorenzo is on his sofa with a wonky wrist.
We are very happy about the result. For sure, Marquez was not in a condition to ride in a proper way, Lorenzo is missing and also Crutchlow had some problem, so I think that we have to consider properly this test,” said Dall’Igna, speaking at the track.
“We have four bikes in the top position, but that is not the target of this test. We are happy with some parts we tested but not for all of them, so we have to analyse data, understand the parts that didn’t give us the results we expected and we have to improve more than we did until now.
Among the new goodies brought to Sepang were chassis, swingarms, a new triple-scoop aero package - which Petrucci marmalised on turn five of lap one with it - and a shock-lock which is apparently helps with starts. Dall’Igna said there would be even more new stuff at Losail, too.
“For sure we have to continue to push on the development of the bike and I hope that we will have some more parts coming for the Qatar tests because I am happy but I think we have push again because we need something more.”