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GP Week : Issue 197
F1 >>> FEATUrE MOTOGP >>> PrEViEW There is something about racing teams that wear red. Ferrari may not have won a Formula 1 World Championship since the Red Bull era took flight, but the Tifosi is still the biggest presence in the grandstands around the world. In Australia, the Holden Racing Team remains the brand’s factory team, despite a relative lack of success over recent years. On two wheels, the story is the same for Ducati. No wins in the last 45 MotoGP races. Even in Casey Stoner’s last season in red in 2010 – and that was the worst of his four seasons with Ducati – he won three GPs. The team would kill for that result now. Who fancies being the boss of Ducati Corse, then? Gigi Dall’Igna has that job now. A new broom has swept in and the man who oversaw Aprilia’s transformation from serial under-performers to a double World Superbike titleist has stepped in to work his magic in Grand Prix racing. Magic looks like being needed. World Champions Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden came to the team with high hopes and left shaking their heads. Ducati has become a haven for riders looking to enhance their reputations or their bank balance (both, probably) in the full knowledge that the bucking V4s could sling them down the road at any moment. But the sport needs a competitive Ducati to be at its best, and there was a door left ever-so-sightly ajar that let a band of light into their other wise dark outlook. The advantages of MotoGP’s Open class over its Factory class are many; more fuel for each race (24 litres compared to 20); more engines for the season (12 to 5); engine development throughout the season; and the option of a softer Bridgestone tyre. But there was one big disadvantage; such was the march of progress in the area of electronics in MotoGP that the Magneti continued next page Not so simply, Red! 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: