"The Ducati still demands too much physical strength, we will find a role on the team for Stoner"
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Ducati race boss discusses the future of MotoGP, World Superbike, MotoAmerica, and AMA Pro Flat Track.
Good interview with Paolo, fingers crossed for Scrambler Flat Track program next year...
Ducati found itself under the spotlight quite a lot lately, thanks to the improvements shown on track on one hand, because it became the latest target of the Honda’s rage on the other. The Japanese Constructor is making a common front against the Italian Factory, accused of having betrayed the spirit of the Open rules . As if the situation were not intricate enough, Dorna, out of the blue, came out with a disconcerting hypothesis: another (it would be the third option for the same class) set of rules, a Factory 2 new option. In case an Open bike becomes too much competitive and achieves multiple podiums or a victory, it would be considered a “Factory 2” bike and therefore deprived of one litre and half of fuel capacity and of three engines.
Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP Project Director, defends the Italian Constructor’s choices. “ We never kept either our decision or our reasons secret – spiega – The actual regulations offer two options and we chose the least restrictive for us considering the work we need to do”.
You have been accused of going against the cutting-costs’ Open aim.
Factory 2 - How are they even going to implement it? Do motors before you got three 3rd place's count? It's like they came up with this plan over a three martini lunch...
Ducati MotoGP boss Paolo Ciabatti explains split with American world champion.
During the pre-event press conference for the U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Nicky Hayden announced that he wouldn’t be back next season with Ducati in MotoGP, saying that the Italian motorcycle manufacturer “chose to go a different way.”
Later that same weekend, Cycle World Technical Editor Kevin Cameron and I asked Ducati MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti about this decision.
“Nicky is a great guy and a great ambassador for Ducati,” said Ciabatti. “The fans like him, and this is why we would like to keep him in Ducati, maybe in Superbike, which we offered him as a possibility to consider.
“But after [he spent] five years of fighting with our bike, I think it is difficult to find additional motivation to stay with the same people. Sometimes, it is good to have fresh air—for the rider and for the team—to try something different, something new.
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The MotoGP World Championship found itself “hostage” of the Spanish riders, something obvious for a long time, but yesterday to raise the issue was the number one of Dorna. “Maybe it is the time to put a limit on the maximum number of riders of the same nationality in each category” he suggested, worried about the chance that an Iberian championship could have little appeal in the rest of the world. “It is a difficult problem, so the solution can't be easy” thinks Paolo Ciabatti, this year Ducati MotoGP Project Director, but until the last year “on the other side of the fence” as the Superbike Director .
Read more: http://www.gpone.com/en/2013051810247/La-MotoGP-ha-bisogno-di-nuovi-Paesi.html#ixzz2TkYxSwvM
Interesting problem. So how would this work? Spain would train and turn out the world's GP Racers? (Stoner came thru the Spanish training system)
(Google translation from Italian)
Paolo Ciabatti loves challenges. Businesses difficult have never scared. Its task is to reconstruct the Ducati Corse after two years complicated and conflicting with Valentino Rossi. The MotoGP Project Director reports directly to the General Manager, Bernhard Gobmeier, and the President, Gabriele Del Torchio. The Borgo Panigale has been given a three-year program to return to the top of the Championship. Do not look for shortcuts, although it is very challenging start from scratch. No one speaks of victories: in fact the first half of the season which will start in Qatar on April 7 will serve to put the basis for a team that needs to regain confidence in their own ability. Given the circumstances, Paolo Ciabatti what it takes to put her in this 2013 season? "I know the Ducati Corse: I've already spent ten years of my life, from forty to fifty years, ie from 1997 to 2007. It is a company that has given me so much and to whom I have given something too. Together we have won six world titles in Superbike and MotoGP race in Valencia in 2006 with Troy Bayliss. Because I know the world of Ducati and the perception that they have of the company, do not hide from the outside I have a little 'suffered in seeing a Ducati was taken constantly targeted for what was happening in MotoGP over the past two years. I think it was important to change the team's approach not only in business but also in the track. "
Good interview with Paolo Ciabatti. It's in Italian but there's more than enough interesting stuff here to make it worh the trouble to let Google translate switch it to English.......
Although he knows that the bike needs a lot of work to be competitive, Ducati MotoGP boss Paolo Ciabatti doesn’t think that a total clean-sheet redesign is needed for the GP13
The notion that a motorcycle racer would ask for less power goes against everything we know. ‘There is no substitute for cubic inches’ has long been the popular wisdom, but the recent history of Ducati Corse tells a different story. The company, to this point, has been concerned with only one thing, making massive amounts of horsepower, but that has proven to be problematic. Having a motorcycle with unlimited power is a good idea for chasing a land speed record, but not for going around corners, which the new management of Ducati has discovered as they try to work their way back into a competitive position with Yamaha and Honda.
Read more: http://www.sportrider.com/news/146_13020_ducati_motogp_boss_ciabatti_looking_to_tame_desmosedici/viewall.html#ixzz2LYBaScRv
Bernhard Gobmeier isn't the only new name appearing in the Ducati organogram. Paolo Ciabatti, former head of the WSBK project for the Italian manufacturer and director of that same championship for Infront, has returned to Borgo Panigale to help relaunch their MotoGP program. As already disclosed by Gobmeier, the GP13 will not be a revolutionary motorcycle. But why decide to start to start the season with a bike that is essentially identical to the one from 2012, a year in which the results weren't satisfactory?
Read more: http://www.gpone.com/index.php/en/201301169178/Ciabatti-too-much-pressure-from-Rossi.html#ixzz2II94hbjD
It's so nice to have Paolo Ciabatti back with Ducati. His ability to bridge the gap between what the team is doing and what the public and the media needs to know is unparelled.
According to Italian website Moto.it, things in the Valencia Ducati Corse box are tense this weekend because much Audi ordered change is in store for the Ducati team after the race weekend and 2 day Valencia test....
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Paolo Ciabatti will most likely be named the new Director of racing activities at Ducati. His role within the company could actually be much larger than that, however, considering the experience he has gained in nearly six years as the right hand man to the Flammini's in World Superbike.