A winning red team
If Ferrari in recent times has no longer been able to give Italian and worldwide fans thrilling and emotional celebratory moments, the same cannot be said for the red motorcycle. In fact, in 2022 Ducati concluded a season to remember, marked by a trio of rider, constructor and team titles in the MotoGP competition and the same hat-trick in the Superbike championship.
In both cases, the bikes produced by the Borgo Panigale team were by far the ones to beat and the riders’ titles conquered by Francesco Bagnaia and Alvaro Bautista generated particular emotion to the Italian fans, arriving after a long absence of fifteen and ten championships respectively.
The path back to victory has not been easy at all: in MotoGP, Ducati in particular has gone through difficult seasons and without significant results despite the large investments, just think of Valentino Rossi‘s two-year period or that of Jorge Lorenzo. But what has emerged is that Ducati has been able to learn from its mistakes, concentrating on transforming its Desmosedici from a runaway bike in Stoner’s time to a docile and very fast traveling companion. As a result, practically everyone who rides it is able to do well. And it is no coincidence that four of the ten teams on the grid have Ducati bikes. The 2023 world championship began along the lines of how the previous one ended, with Francesco Bagnaia winning the Sprint and the Portimao, thus securing all 37 points up for grabs over the weekend.
Leo Turrini: Ferrari must look to Borgo Panigale
For a red team that has become a model to follow for other manufacturers on two wheels, the same cannot be said for that on four wheels. Scuderia Ferrari’s difficulties are clear, with the drivers’ title missing since 2007 and the constructors’ title since 2008.
Well-known Italian journalist and Ferrari insider Leo Turrini wanted to suggest to Maranello to look at their colleagues from Borgo Panigale, in a recent article he published on the Quotidiano Nazionale newspaper: “MotoGP and Formula 1 belong to distinct and distant universes. Having said that, well if I were Benedetto Vigna, I would take a trip out of town to Borgo Panigale. Right away”.
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For Leo Turrini, Scuderia Ferrari should understand the reason for the current dominance of Ducati, a company acquired by the Germans of Audi in April 2012: “To understand a method. To study an organization. To learn what there is to learn from Claudio Domenicali, a top manager who came from racing and made Ducati credible not only on the markets, but also on the racetracks. Perhaps Ferrari has also reflected itself too much in the uniqueness of its myth. Ducati is the antidote. Evidently Claudio Domenicali knew how to put the right people in the right place, from the excellent engineer Dall’Igna to Bagnaia. The results speak for themselves.” – the Italian journalist pointed out.