The official statement from Suzuki is still missing, but the brand’s farewell to MotoGP is certain news. Claudio Domenicali, at Ducati, commented on the manufacturer’s departure, tackling the issue from an entrepreneurial point of view rather than as a fan. If it arouses a certain sensation for enthusiasts, it is not the same for those who have to manage the accounts of a company in a time of global crisis. “Seen from the outside it seems incomprehensible, but whoever is in my place faces the problem as a manager and not as a fan. For some companies, Ducati is one of them, racing is the very essence of the company“.
Suzuki and the economic crisis
During the ‘MotoG-Podcast’ episode, edited by Paolo Ianieri and Zoran Filicic in ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport, Claudio Domenicali recalls how the Hamamatsi manufacturer is not new to certain releases, nor is it the only one. “Suzuki is not new to these actions, it was out, it is back, now it is going out again. Same thing happens in Formula 1 with other houses coming in and out, while Ferrari has always been there. At the moment the global situation is quite complex, we are exposed to turbulence, in the short distance we have a war and it has a significant economic impact, the cost of energy is under pressure. For Suzuki, this investment in racing was not a priority“.
Bagnaia’s victory in Jerez
There is great enthusiasm in Borgo Panigale after Pecco Bagnaia’s victory in Jerez. Between the winter tests and Losail the situation seemed critical in the Ducati factory pits, but the expected turning point has finally arrived. In Portimao the Piedmontese rider collected eighth place after starting from the back of the grid, after one week he achieved his first victory in this MotoGP season. “When you get to a level of performance like that of the 2021 finale you are tempted not to change anything. But we knew that that bike had its limits on some tracks like in Assen and Jerez. Last year in Jerez we won because Fabio had a problem with his arm. Between changing and innovating is always a difficult balance, but we are always for innovation – underlines Domenicali -. Some choices took much more development time than expected and this affected the drivers’ minds and their preparation. Without this bike we would not have won this year at Jerez“.
The secret to aiming for the MotoGP title
Coming to a point of balance was not easy after the innovations made in the winter. “We have found the right balance between components that we have suspended for now and others that have worked well, the mix has evolved during the winter and the first races up to this configuration. Also in Portugal Pecco could have had an extraordinary race but the crash on Saturday was not needed“. In the last two years Ducati has won the MotoGP Constructors ‘World Championship, but the riders’ title has been missing since 2007. “There are other brands that do very good results but with only one driver. We have made great strides as a team to make high-performance bikes that are also easy to ride, this also interests us a lot for the production product. Winning the Drivers’ World Championship needs the strongest rider, who is able to face even the difficulties that exist for everyone. You have to know how to “lose” well, use Saturday to be in front, starting from behind is difficult in today’s MotoGP. We need a team – concluded Claudio Domenicali – that supports the athlete in the most complicated moments“.
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MotoGP, Suzuki: the exit strategy explained by the Ducati boss
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