European Engineers duel : Albesiano V.S Dall’Igna

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Gigi Dall’Igna and Romano Albesiano, once mates but now faced as heads of Ducati and Aprilia’s racing activities, are leading two new MotoGP projects; an exciting duel out of the spotlights and flashes. Trying to find out more of these two brilliant engineers and understand what’s behind their new projects we have submitted both engineers to the same seven items questionnaire. It is interesting in many ways to compare their answers and comments.

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Romano Albesiano, maximum responsible del Aprilia Corse

“Adapt our electronic into Marelli’s hardware has been the most difficult thing so far”.

1.    Which are the realistic expectations for your new MotoGP project?
The expectation is in first term gain experience. Result wise the goal will be finish regularly in the top ten in the second half of the season. We think it will be possible and time will show if we are right or not.

2.    Is your project running on schedule?
Our project has started very late. This means the timing we have worked with has been very tied. Our bike is completely new. Considering this circumstance, I am satisfied regarding our timing. Our seamless gearbox will arrive during the season; now we are doing our test at the racing department. I don’t know when it will exactly arrive, but the goal is to have it on our bikes in the first have of the season.

3.    Which have been the major technical difficulties you have faced so far?
We have basically a complete new engine. The critical components are new and this means that we are still exploring areas as fundamental as performance, power and reliability. Apart from this, we have done a big effort to adapt our own electronic to Marelli’s ECU. The rest is normal work, set up, chassis… no specific problems.

4.    Do you have any budget limit?  How is the budget of a new project managed? How do you choose where to spent money and where to save it?
Let’s say that we have a reasonable budget; there is certain flexibility. It is enough to do a good job. And about where and how to spend, it is an everyday decision. You spend especially in the technical aspect and you save in the little things. The saving can be done in two ways: you can cut completely a certain activity or you try to save a little everywhere to reach maximum efficiency. The decision to cut is an extreme decision left for emergency cases. The best thing is to be efficient in all activities.

5.    Have you given up any thing due lack of budget?
No, I would say no.

6.    Which has been the criterion to choose your riders?
Mostly experience. We were interested in a rider with experience on  MotoGP bikes and this is why we choose Bautista; it has been a perfect decision. The second rider we wanted to be Italian. We had a good relationship with Melandri, we valued his collaboration capacities and for us it looked natural to stay with him in MotoGP.

7.    In 2016 the technical MotoGP rules will change drastically. Is the actual project basically a 2015 project or is it associated with the future 2016 scenario?
It is related because the working group, this year’s experience and the knowledge we will take home will automatically be applied in the 2016 project. May be it won’t be associated directly with the parts, but to the knowledge. The reason why we did jump in this season was to take home experience and knowledge, to work on the relationship with the riders, with the team…Regarding the technical part, probably some parts of the engine will be related, also transmission, the use of the hardware, electronics…there will be so many things that will be useful. It’s true that we will change tires and electronic management, but we will start testing this year.

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Gigi Dall’Igna, maximum responsible del Ducati Corse

“Our goal for 2015 is to win at lest one GP”

1.    Which are the realistic expectations for your new MotoGP project?
Last year our goal was to finish within 10 seconds of the race winner, a target we reached, especially at the end of the season. This season we aim to win at least one GP. Obviously it is difficult because it means finish in front of the actual four best riders riding the two most notorious world’s brands. It is a difficult goal but I think it is a reasonable target.

2.    Is your project running on schedule?
The schedule is running exactly as planned. I am not saying it is the one I like because obviously I would had preferred to be more advanced, but the developing of a new bike is something complicated, so we are following the original planned timing.

3.    Which have been the major technical difficulties you have faced so far?
The technical difficulties are many and in all directions. Chassis, engine, electronics have to be developed; therefore it is complicated to point one specific area. Probably where we have more difficulties is in the chassis; with the engine and the electronics we are more in the right direction. In any case, it is obligatory to develop every single point.

4.    Do you have any budget limit?  How is the budget of a new project managed? How do you choose where to spent money and where to save it?
You spend the money in the areas you think you will have more development margin. Money is never unlimited; as everything in this world it is finite. But it is important to distribute well what you have. You have to try to understand where you will take more profit of the spent money, what will give your more gain in terms of performance. We are engineers and we have to think in the numbers and we have to plan according these numbers.

5.    Have you given up any thing due lack of budget?
I have to say no, I haven’t.

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6.    Which has been the criterion to choose your riders?
We start from the point that in racing continuity is always important and normally it pays back. Start from cero, especially when there is a new bike to be developed, means loose time. That’s way last year the goal was to keep our riders. We consider that our two riders can give good information for the developing of the bike. In performance terms they are not under the riders we have in front, and they are, especially Dovizioso, riders who have raced with different bikes and have the sensibility and capacity to guide the development where it will be more efficient.

7.    In 2016 the technical MotoGP rules will change drastically. Is the actual project basically a 2015 project or is it associated with the future 2016 scenario?
You have to have always a strategy in your head. It has to be a short-term strategy, because if you haven’t you will not survive. But at the same time you have to have a long-term goal as well. Things have to be well planned, programmed. What we are doing is important for this year but it will be also useful for what is coming in the future.

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4 responses to “European Engineers duel : Albesiano V.S Dall’Igna”

  1. salim says :

    nice post, kang.
    I hope in the future, both ducati and aprilia will be back 🙂

    http://salim.id/2015/02/19/velg-13-inchi-akankah-jadi-trend-baru-aksesoris-skutik/

    Suka

  2. gasspoll83 says :

    keep posting in English, anyway with the same question both have different point of view this is so intresting. thanks for share

    Suka

  3. Hendry24 says :

    But Albesiano have more problem than Dall’agna, however in Sepang 1 test Aprilia looks not ready yet for 2015 season, is it too quickly for them to comeback? maybe…

    Suka

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