There is no doubt that Gigi Dall’Igna is one of the best engineers in MotoGP today. Not only has he succeeded in helping Ducati rise from adversity and lack of victory, he has also introduced so many new innovations to his motorbike, which are now often imitated by other manufacturers.
Dall’Igna was previously a confidant of the Piaggio Group, became Technical Director of the Derby and then Aprilia. While in Aprilia, he won the 2006 GP125 world title with Alvaro Bautista, 2006 and 2007 GP250 with Jorge Lorenzo, 2010 and 2012 WorldSBK with Max Biaggi, and many other world titles.
However, at the end of 2013, Dall’Igna horribly left Aprilia Racing in favor of Ducati Corse. He served as General Manager, replacing Bernhard Gobmeier. Since then, Ducati has returned to the top flight, until finally ending a six-year win streak through Andrea Iannone in Austria 2016.
Despite not being able to help Ducati win its first rider’s world title since 2007 through Casey Stoner, Dall’Igna has had a lot of success in MotoGP. Under his guidance, Ducati won the constructors’ world title in 2020 and 2021, and finished runner-up four times in the drivers’ standings through Andrea Dovizioso and Pecco Bagnaia.
Happy to be successful with many different riders
Thanks to the leadership of Dall’Igna as well, Ducati is now not only suitable for one rider. All the drivers have a great chance of getting on the podium, even seven of them were able to win. Not only that, Dall’Igna is also the person who introduced the winglet, wing fairing, holeshot device, and rear ride-height device, which are now being imitated by rivals.
Called a genius, Dall’Igna has also changed the dynamics of MotoGP competition and made a new history in the championship. However, this 55-year-old man did not want to be hailed. For him, seeing all of Ducati’s competitive performances has become quite an achievement to be proud of.
“I’m not interested in being remembered as an important person in history. But one of the things that makes me proud is that I can achieve good results with different people. I did it at one manufacturer (Aprilia), then at another manufacturer (Ducati), which coincidentally also fierce rivals,” he told Tuttosport as quoted by MowMag, Friday (12/17/2021).
Like a Successful Football Coach in Many Teams
According to Dall’Igna, the success he has had in the Derby, Aprilia and Ducati with different riders is like a successful football coach with many different clubs. However, the Italian admits that his first years at Ducati were not easy, as he came from a competing manufacturer.
According to his confession, the engineers and technicians at Ducati were a bit difficult to adapt to the way he worked and the ideas he had. However, Dall’Igna did not give up, and it is now proven that his cold hands made Ducati reckon with. He believes that patience in leading a racing department is very important in facing a competition as tight as MotoGP.
“I’m like the manager of a football team who can win with different teams. Uniquely, when I joined Ducati, I was probably seen more as an enemy than a leader. But this means I can manage people and the company well. This is very fundamental in MotoGP today.”