Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso was effervescent with enthusiasm last weekend at Sepang about the chance to work for Gigi Dall'Igna, who will become the head of Ducati Corse in mid-November after leaving Aprilia Racing last week.
"We do not know what to change, but we have to change," Dovizioso said. "I'm open to work in any direction. I understand (Dall'Igna's) mentality, his ideas and he our bike. I do not know how long it takes to make this big change, if we get the new bike in February or earlier.
"What is clear is that we have a big problem. We cannot run with this bike. I'm optimistic, anyways.
"I never talked to him. He has always been an opponent, so I cannot say much except that his results are evident in SBK. The bike is fast both in SBK in CRT, and he gets some return on a budget which I think is less than what will be available next year with Ducati, is a remarkable thing."
While Dovizioso put out the welcome mat for Dall'Igna, both he and teammate Nicky Hayden will be more than happy to see Dall'Igna's predecessor, Bernhard Gobmeier, head for the exit for good.
Former BMW World Superbike boss Gobmeier took over Ducati earlier this year and seemed content with the team's current state of technical paralysis. Ducati owner Audi--or someone-- was savvy enough to recognize this problem and hear complaints by Dovi and Hayden about poor technical communication and development, finally deciding to send Gobmeier back to four wheels in an undisclosed role with Audi company Volkswagen.
Bernhard Gobmeier replaced Filippo Preziosi as the General Manager of Ducati Corse last year. While some within the Bologna squad were impressed with his willingness to think outside the desmo valve, some former and current employees of Ducati MotoGP or Ducati Corse were not impressed.
At one point, Alstare Ducati's Francis Batta seemed to have little but contempt for Gobmeier. Batta said in an interview with Italian media that he was unimpressed with the German seemingly because Gobmeier was unable to win the WSBK title with BMW power and a $20 million dollar budget.
"I wasn't shocked with that news," Hayden said to British media about Gobmeier's firing. "Things weren't really improving, so I think they probably made a good decision. Gigi has a great resume, so I would say it is the right decision."
Dovizioso suggested that Ducati's hiring of their Aprilia rival can only shake things up, and that they need to be shaken up: "It is very difficult to make an answer about that. There is a long story, and many things have happened until now. I am happy about the change because we need a big change. Like in every situation, many things happen, but the people outside of our world can't know, and it is like this. I am happy about the situation, and I will push 100 percent to get the results."