BORNO PANIGALE, Bologna, Italy - Ducati has named Luigi Dall’Igna as the new general manager of Ducati Corse.
The 47-year-old Dall’Igna has acquired significant experience, playing key roles over many years in the company's MotoGP and World Superbike championships. His expertise will enable the Ducati Corse to increase its focus on the technical aspects of its racing activity, continuing to lay the foundations for a new phase of development and improving its competitive results, the company said.
Dall’Igna will report to Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali.
Bernhard Gobmeier, GM of Ducati Corse for the past 10 months, will return to Germany to pursue an opportunity with the parent Volkswagen Group.
MotoGP Project Manager Paolo Ciabatti will report directly to the Dall'lgna, as will 39-year-old engineer Ernesto Marinelli, Ducati Superbike project manager for the past two seasons.
“Thanks to this appointment, we can look forward to the next racing season with renewed motivation. We are confident that the new Ducati Corse organisation, and a strategy even more focussed on technical development, will help us achieve our targets, ensuring that Ducati once again becomes a key player both in MotoGP and Superbike," said Domenicali. "I would like to personally thank Bernhard for his work during these past 10 months, and wish Gigi a warm welcome. I am certain that his solid experience combined with our technology and R&D and the technical support supplied by the Audi/VW Group, will help us restore Ducati to the level of racing excellence it had in the very recent past.”
From a press release. Posted by Mary Slepicka