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Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: South Lyon, MI USA
Hm, I take your pt but IMO it's hard to put Gigi's contribution into perspective.
Taking a step back, before Gigi was there, remember who was there and not seeing any success. Rossi and Burgess.
Take a look back at a lot of Rossi's criticisms of the Ducati. One common thread, he was making the same complaints about the same things race after race after race. No improvement and no new parts developed or in development.
I believe Gigi has made a strong contribution but he has also enjoyed the enviable position of a more robust development budget. Gigi for all his brilliance isn't doing squat without Audi money. No money, no honey.
Now TBF, I could be wrong because the spotlight on Ducati's development regime isn't what it was when Rossi was there, but we aren't seeing reports of the same old woes they had when Rossi was there either.
In any event, whatever the ratio Gigi has been a positive contribution I'm just not certain it is on par with Audi's.
Agreed. But Gigi was clever in that he insisted on budget and control before he signed. Audi clearly wants Ducati to succeed, and is putting up the necessary money - as you say, without it, Gigi would not be anywhere, but the opposite is also probably true. I think their loss of Rossi despite last minute personal appeals and assurances from their Chairman and CEO, is what motivated the company to realize that they are the problem - not the riders. Ducati had become a little like Honda has historically been - the "engineers know best" mentality, and Casey's phenominal talent made them believe it, when it really wasn't true.
Triumph Tiger 955i with decent suspension.
Ducati 996 with hot 999 motor
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