Pablo Ciabatti as Ducati Corse’s Sporting Director cannot deny that the separation from Andrea Dovizioso left pain for the Italian racing team. But on the one hand, he saw this as a path to a new step.
For information, Andrea Dovizioso has been a Ducati rider since 2013, but their relationship seems a little stretched since 2019.
Starting from a technical meeting after the German MotoGP at that time, Dovizioso had a heated debate with the General Manager of Ducati Corse, Gigi Dall’Igna, about the development of the Desmosedici motorbike, which, although powerful, seemed weak when competing in corners.
The dispute led to a statement by Dall’Igna who said that it was unlikely that Ducati would continue to work with Dovizioso in the 2021 season.
In the first half of the 2020 season, Ducati had considered the possibility of keeping Dovizioso in partnership with Jack Miller in the 2021 season, but in the end Dovizioso remained in his stance to leave at the end of the 2020 season yesterday.
This separation was clearly unpleasant for both parties, especially for Ducati, because after all Andrea Dovizioso had brought them to runner-up after competing with Marc Marquez for three seasons.
Ciabatti also acknowledged this, but on the one hand the team had to forget about this and focus on the new page that was in sight.
“It sure hurts when you have to make certain decisions. However, in life, there are times when relationships go bad for a thousand reasons.”
“So, it’s better to just leave it and turn over a new page. We decided to focus on young riders, starting with fresh air, although the consequences could be worse, “said Ciabatti.
Even without Dovizioso, Ducati will still be eyeing the world title, especially at this time the defending champion Marc Marquez’s condition is still not fully fit, which is also an opportunity for Ducati.
“Every year, we go down the track with a world title target. This year is also no exception. In 2020, we do have some regrets for not being able to properly take advantage of the absence of Marc Marquez, who has been our fierce rival in the title race. For thousands of reasons. , not possible, “he concluded.