2013 is one year to forget for Ducati for both competitions, Moto Gp and World SBK.
Gpone took an interview to Ernesto Marinelli, the WSBK project manager, and here there are some answers after this horror 2013 which doesn't seem to become much better with just three rounds before the season's end.
For sure this was a season far beyond our expectations, difficult and also unfortunate. Many factors contributed to this, above all, the crashes and the bad luck but there are still three rounds left and we'll continue to work at maximum thrust.
On which aspects are you more focused now?
We are continuing the chassis development and various things about the weight distribution. We are working also on the engine as much as we can.
We are currently testing some solutions came from Termignoni regarding the exhaust, these will help further development over the engine management, the camshafts and transmission.
It seems more difficult than in the past..
We are trying our best within this rules which are actually based on political means. In the last five years the rules permitted a large flexibility. The maximum speed of the 4 cylinder engines consistently increased.
Looking into the future, which are your expectations?
Continuing to fully focus on the engine and chassis. Panigale is a new project and it requires a bit more time. There are proven facts that the base is a good one, in some national championships this can be easily seen because there the bikes are not so drastically modified for racing.
La Marra won the CIV and fought with pair weapons with Barrier in the Stock 1000 class, in Spain we are leading also with Fores Querol and recently we managed a double in Germany with Bauer and Neukirchner as wild card.
Though, in Superbike the results are still not showing up.
For sure the unfortunate situations didn't helped either but still, i'm certain that this is not the full potential of Panigale.
We started with the right foot with that record signed by Checa in Australia, a lap time that equal to a first row on the grid in Moto GP.
When a rider is not 100% physically ready, the development also starts to suffer.
Why so many crashes?
When you are loosing so much time on straights because of the power difference you are forced to try and recover it by acceleration out of the corners and by braking - these being the most critical parts for the rider.
Also, notice that all the crashes were on the hard tyres, despite the 4 cylinder bikes, Panigale doesn't stress the rubber so much but also the soft compound won't let us carry on the entire weekend.
Have you already finished the team for the next year?
We are working with Alstare.We are currently speaking with some riders which are at the end of their contracts, but in two weeks from now I think we'll have an answer.