Ducati has lured away Aprilia’s top racing boss, Luigi Dall'Igna, to run Ducati Corse. The new General Manager of Ducati’s racing arm brings technical experience from the Grand Prix and World Superbike series, most recently spearheading the multiple World SBK title-winning Aprilia RSV4 program.
Luigi Dall'Igna, seen here with 2012 title-winner Max Biaggi and teammate Eugene Laverty, will move from the successful RSV4 World Superbike program to take over Ducati Corse.
The personnel change will take effect November 11 following the final GP of the year at Valencia. The 47-year-old Dall’Igna will supervise fellow Italians Paolo Ciabatti, the MotoGP Project Manager, and Ernesto Marinelli, Ducati Superbike Project Manager. Dall'Igna will report to Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali.
“Thanks to this appointment, we can look forward to the next racing season with renewed motivation,” said Domenicali in a company statement. “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.”
Dall'Igna replaces Bernard Gobmeier, after having held the post following the removal of Filippo Preziosi from Ducati Corse
in November last year. Preziosi later resigned from Ducati
, citing poor health, before his intended position as director of R&D. Gobmeier arrived at Ducati after overseeing BMW Motorrad’s S1000RR World Superbike project. Gobmeier will return to his native Germany, for an as-yet unspecified position in the Volkswagen Group – Ducati being purchased by Audi/Volkswagen in April 2012.
“I would like to personally thank Bernhard for his work during these past ten months, and wish Gigi a warm welcome,” continued Domenicali in the Ducati press release. “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.”
Romano Albesiano will replace Dall'Igna at Aprilia, taking over the RSV4 racing program in World Superbike and influencing the Italian marque’s racing effort in MotoGP. Albesiano is credited by the Piaggio Group for his development on the RSV4 project, as well the Aprilia Tuono V4 and Caponord 1200. He also is touted for his work on the latest generation of Moto Guzzi creations, including the 750cc V7 models and California 1400 Touring and Custom.