Ducati reject Dall'Igna rumours

Ducati general manager Bernhard Gobmeier has confirmed they are thinking of re-structuring the racing team, but denied reports they have approached Aprilia technical chief Gigi Dall'Igna.

Since winning their one and only Championship in 2007 through Casey Stoner, the Bologna squad have fallen on tough times in recent years and this season has been no different as Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden have struggled.

The squad, though, are set for a major revamp next year and there has been talk that Dall'Igna, who has overseen Aprilia's 125 and 250cc GP and World Superbikes successes in recent years, could be on his way to Ducati.

However, Gobmeier has dismissed the speculation and also rejected claims that Ducati's former WSB manager Davide Tardozzi could also be headed their way.

"I didn't talk to Gigi other than about the rules," he told motorcyclenews.com. "Whenever I see him I talk with him but never about this. We spoke about on a totally different subject. There was a picture of me and Gigi together at a recent race and I said to him now we are really trapped."

He added: "We are thinking of re-structuring the racing team but the names you have mentioned I have never heard. But there are some ideas on how to restructure the racing team as well as the R&D team to get a higher efficiency."