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It marks a hard-fought turnaround in fortunes between its first title in 2007 and 2022, with Ducati hitting its nadir in 2011/2012 when it failed to seek out success with MotoGP legend Rossi – with the Italian scoring simply three podiums throughout two seasons earlier than returning to Yamaha.
Talking solely to Autosport following Bagnaia’s title win, sporting director Ciabatti – who admits halfway by way of 2013 having returned to the corporate that yr that he needed to give up as a result of difficulties Ducati confronted – says the Rossi period of the marque left it below “excessive strain”.
“For me personally after I got here to Ducati in 2013, it was just a few months after Audi had acquired the corporate from the earlier house owners Investindustrial, there was some adjustments,” Ciabatti started when requested concerning the symbolic nature of Bagnaia’s title, the world champion being a product of Rossi’s VR46 Academy.
“The principle change was Filippo Presziosi determined to depart after two troublesome years with nice expectation on Valentino/Ducati partnership that didn’t convey the outcomes they anticipated.
“This left a number of wounds within the organisation, at many ranges.
“Usually when issues go proper, even private issues between individuals could be managed, however once they go utterly mistaken and you might be below excessive strain from the press, out of your companions and sponsors and also you don’t make the outcomes, simply there will probably be some individuals placing the blame on anyone else. And this destroys the crew and the group.
“Once I got here again to Ducati this was the state of affairs just a little bit, so we needed to let some individuals go on the finish of 2013.”
Valentino Rossi, Ducati
Photograph by: Kevin Wooden / LAT
“If I look again at 2013 – if I’m trustworthy – midway by way of the season I needed to give up.
“We had been going nowhere. Ducati got here out of two non-successful years with Valentino, after which we had [Andrea] Dovizioso and Nicky [Hayden] and nonetheless struggling a lot, the media had been very unfavorable on us saying we had been going nowhere, which was true to a sure level as a result of we had no clear technical course that yr.
“However fortunately, due to the assist of our CEO Claudio Domenicali, who I do know for over 20 years, I simply spoke overtly to him and mentioned ‘this can be a state of affairs the place we’re going nowhere, and if it retains like this it’s going to be so unfavorable for the picture of the corporate’.”
Ciabatti credited bringing in engineering genius Gigi Dall’Igna from Aprilia on the finish of 2013 for starting Ducati’s turnaround.
He added: “I mentioned we should do one thing and it must be somebody who’s able to managing a technically advanced undertaking like MotoGP.
“And he [Domenicali] managed to persuade Gigi to depart Aprilia and since then issues went significantly better.
“It was additionally troublesome as a result of Ducati isn’t as massive because the Japanese, so we should depend on the sponsorship and partnership.
“And at that time it was very troublesome to seek out individuals who needed to put money into Ducati as a result of Valentino they had been actually able to assist with a view to get the absolute best protection.
“However we didn’t [succeed], and it was additionally troublesome to rebuild this credibility and you’ll solely construct it out of outcomes.
“You’ll be able to promise, however for those who come from a background of non-success [it’s hard to convince people].
“So, it was not simple and for those who take a look at these previous 10 years to be the place we aren’t any is known as a good thing.”