MotoGP, Dall'Igna: the 2018 Ducati? Only at the Sepang tests

The engineer confirms that the new bike won't appear until January and, in reference to the championship: "I'm more interested in our obvious growth during the season"


Ducati continues to shine, the double podium at Sepang further proof of the GP17's significant growth. While Yamaha has lost its way and Honda clings on to Marquez's talent, the red bike has undoubtedly become the most competitive bike of the group.

Behind this development is Gigi Dall’Igna, the secret weapon in Borgo Panigale. His bike was back on the top step of the podium in Malaysia.

We are clearly stronger in the wet  - begins the engineer – at Sepang we proved to be competitive in both the dry and the rain. Either way, the conditions wouldn't have made a difference”.

Lorenzo left Dovizioso to take the win just five laps from the end. A scene that didn't escape the fans' attention.

I believe that we all belong to one group, in which we must all show the same interest  - points out Dall’Igna- I think it's advantageous for us to all use our heads in this way. It's a difficult decision of course, but at the same time an obvious one”.

The red bike will therefore battle it out for the title in the last race of the season at Valencia.

To be fighting Marquez for the title in the last race is already no small thing – explains Gigi- at the start of the season we were not the favourites, this proves that there has been substantial, enduring growth and this is what interests me most”.

Dall’Igna promises maximum commitment by the team at the Ricardo Tormo track.

We will give it our all – he comments - we need to win, in that it's the only possible result in terms of the championship”.

As well as the Spanish round, there is also a focus on the future. We wonder whether we will see the new Ducati during the end of season tests.

Not yet– he reveals -there will be some prototypes to test before defining the general configuration of the bike, which will only be ready in time for Sepang. As I've said, the Ducati you'll see at Valencia will be a prototype that will allow us to take some final decisions ahead of testing in Malaysia”.

Back to Sunday's race and there is a touch of regret with regard to what happened to Petrucci just before the start.

“Unfortunately this is part of the game – concludes Dall’Igna -he had a technical problem and paid dearly for it”.

Lastly, we ask Dall'Igna who he believes has stood out the most this season, aside from Dovizioso.

“Definitely Zarco”.


Translated by Heather Watson

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