It was presentation day at Ducati Superbike, and Gigi Dall'Igna - father of all the creatures that come out of Borgo Panigale and go wild on the track - couldn't miss out on it. There were lots of topics to discuss, despite the fact that the season has not yet formally started, both with regards the SBK and MotoGP.
The MotoGP is back from the Sepang tests, an always very important moment before the races start, and where the teams were all after the latest innovation again this year. An example is the "assisted" starting device, which Ducati had already experimented last season."On one hand, being copied makes us proud," Dall'Igna said. "But, on the other, we're sorry to give our rivals a hand in performance."
Another hot topic are the new tires, which have partially changed the numbers on the field.
“The new tires probably penalized us and Honda, but I think we figured out several things during the tests. We can improve with some changes in set-up. We have ideas to implement in the next tests, and I'm still confident. We'll be bringing a different swingarm to Qatar, otherwise, it'll be about perfecting things that are, however, very important in the modern MotoGP."
Lastly, we can't help but talk about the riders, with a constantly evolving market that has already been marked by some big names in view of the coming seasons.
“As far as non-Ducati riders are concerned, the stage seems to be set. We want to take some time with our riders to understand what is best for the future. At this point, we have to assess all the various aspects. We're still at the beginning of the season, so I think there's plenty of time to make decisions."