Andrea Dovizioso always has been a steady, low-maintenance, no-drama rider during his World Championship career, one of the reasons why he's making his 200th Grand Prix start this weekend at Aragon.
But the lack of progress he has seen with the GP13 this season at Ducati has pushed Dovi to wit's end. The Ducati technical brassa headless outfit since former tech boss Filipo Preziosi was fired and not replaced earlier this yearalso provides Dovizioso no news about planned upgrades to the bike.
"This is a question I have had from the beginning of the season, and still nobody realizes the point, and I have no answer," Dovizioso said about the lack of information about updates.
It is somewhat mind-boggling that a factory MotoGP team spending millions of dollars each season has not hired a proven technical chief. European media have reported Ducati has tried to lure Aprilia Racing MotoGP and World Superbke mastermind and tech boss Gigi Dall'Igna to Bologna, which Ducati boss Bernhard Gobmeier has denied.
Then again Ducati had Jeremy Burgess on contract for two years, and progress during that period came largely from regression. Regressing back to an aluminum frame, to a softer-hit engine and finally by losing their star rider, to Yamaha.
Dall'Igna would be a smart hire. But Aprilia is ramping up the technical sophistication of its Claiming Rules Team machines next season to something approaching a "customer" prototype, possibly a precursor to a return in 2015 as a full factory team.
So Aprilia probably wants to do everything possible to keep Dall'Igna. May the highest bidder win.