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MotoGP, Gigi Dall'Igna: "Losing the best engineers is the price to pay"

"We accept it and we will train others. The philosophy of our project is to focus on young talents and make them become champions, regardless of whether they are riders or technicians"

MotoGP: Gigi Dall'Igna: "Losing the best engineers is the price to pay"

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Ducati has set the gold standard in every sense: by innovating the MotoGP bikes, by nurturing young riders ‘in-house’ (Bagnaia and Bastianini are a clear demonstration of this) and also technicians and engineers. The Borgo Panigale school, with the headmaster Gigi Dall'Igna at the helm, is the envy of everyone else and, whenever possible, subject to 'poaching'. The term is deliberately ironic, because the laws of the market are clear and the General Manager of the Rosse is fully aware of this.

The Ducati men seem to be particularly coveted by KTM: first they took Fabiano Sterlacchini to put him in charge of development, then Francesco Guidotti, now team manager of the official team, while the last two technicians that have been poached are Giribuola and Pupulin. Alberto left Bastianini for a role of technical coordinator of the orange squad, while Cristhian followed Jack Miller in his new Austrian adventure.

What does Dall'Igna think about it? Interviewed by Speedweek he answered the question and, we have to say, he took it sportingly.

"We accept this price - he said - Since my arrival, I have followed a clear line: sharing information with everyone in the Racing Department. Our most talented engineers leave us? Then we train others. It is the philosophy of our project: to focus on young talents and make them world champions, regardless of whether they are riders or engineers”.

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