Ducati’s MotoGP technical wizard Gigi Dall’Igna is upending the theory that less is more by adopting a quantity-is-best approach as he absorbs data from eight riders spread across four teams as MotoGP approaches the 2016 season.
“For me it’s important to have eight riders on the grid,” Dall’Igna said in an exclusive interview with BSN at the launch of the Octo Pramac Ducati team near Siena in Italy. “There are a lot of rule changes in 2016, including the tyres and the software, and so I need as much information as possible.”
Factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone will be Dall’Igna’s main priority on their GP16 1000cc Desmodromic V4s. But Italy’s silver-haired Leonardo da Vinci of motorcycle racing will also be heeding the feedback of engineers in Scott Redding’s Pramac Ducati team, which also fields the fast-rising talent Danilo Petrucci, who was second in last year’s British MotoGP.
He will also hear debriefs from the Aspar and Avintia squads, on their GP14.2 satellite bikes, in a Ducati assault that fills a third of the MotoGP grid in 2016.
“My target for the factory bikes is to fight for victories,” Dall’Igna said. “Last year we fought, but sometimes we were at the back. The Pramac riders will,use an evolution of the 2015 bike. The differences to the 2016 bike will not be that big.
“One of the biggest problems last year that we had was in the braking area. We want to improve that, and the grip level mid-corner is another area where I can think we can improve.”
Dall’Igna also confirmed that he will continue to use the mini-winglets on the fairings of the Ducatis. “They help,us, but it isn’t so big what they give us,” he said.
Above all, Dall’Igna is hoping that Ducati Corse’s turnaround in recent seasons will be rewarded with the factory’s first MotoGP race win since 2010.