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The marque’s main manufacturing unit staff rider Francesco Bagnaia lower his deficit down from 91 with victory earlier than the summer time break on the Dutch Grand Prix, however nonetheless stays 66 behind Quartararo in fourth having registered 4 DNFs within the first 11 races.
With simply 9 races remaining in 2022 when motion resumes at the beginning of August with the British GP, Ducati’s choices to reignite its fading title hopes are dwindling.
Even with this, and its roster of eight riders on the grid, Ducati insists it won’t enact staff orders at this stage out of a precept dislike for them.
“Okay, initially I need to say that clearly in the intervening time there are nonetheless races to go,” Ciabatti mentioned in the course of the Assen weekend final month.
“In precept, with a couple of exceptions prior to now, we don’t like staff orders.
“Clearly, if it’s the final race and one rider has no likelihood to win and the opposite rider has the possibility to win, you may take into consideration a method.
“However that is an distinctive case. Now, we’re not in that state of affairs.
“We received’t give staff orders, the one indication we give to our riders is to keep away from making excessive strikes on one another.
“We nonetheless bear in mind the expertise of [Andrea] Dovizioso and [Andrea] Iannone in Argentina a few years in the past [when the pair collided on the final lap while running in podium places], and we wish to keep away from the same state of affairs.
“However that is the one factor we inform our riders, [which] is to respect the riders in the identical model a bit of bit extra, don’t strive excessive manoeuvres if doable.
“However for the remaining, they’re free to do what they need and if they will win a race, they need to win a race.”
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Group, Andrea Iannone, Ducati Group
Photograph by: Ducati Corse
Ducati has used staff orders prior to now, most notably in 2017 when it issued a ‘mapping eight’ message to Jorge Lorenzo on the Malaysian and Valencia GPs, which was his sign to maneuver out of Dovizioso’s manner in a bit to assist the Italian win the championship.
Lorenzo ignored the latter order within the Valencia finale, as he felt the place wouldn’t have made a distinction to Dovizioso’s personal hopes.
Final week, Ducati rider Bagnaia admitted to driving drunk when he crashed a road car on his way back from a party in Ibiza.
Issuing an apology, Bagnaia was discovered to have been 3 times over the authorized alcohol restrict and, below Spanish legislation, might now face a ban on his highway license.
Ducati has not publicly commented on the incident.