Gabarrini has been crew chief to the 2 riders to assert MotoGP world titles for Ducati, Stoner in 2007 and Francesco Bagnaia this 12 months, whereas he additionally labored with Stoner at Honda when he took his second world title in 2011.
Gabarrini, who returned to Ducati as Jorge Lorenzo’s crew chief in 2018, has labored with Bagnaia since his promotion to the manufacturing unit squad in 2021 and was a key half within the Italian’s world title cost this season having overcome a 91-point deficit to Fabio Quartararo.
Requested about variations between Stoner and Bagnaia, Gabarrini insisted riders from completely different eras are difficult to match, however highlighted the intricacies of the Australian’s management on the Desmosedici GP7 initially of the 800cc period.
Inside the new guidelines, Gabarrini additionally pointed in the direction of the discount in gas tanks, which went from 22 litres to 21, inserting better demand on effectivity and throttle management.
“At the moment, electronics weren’t as developed as they’re now, so what we needed to do was rely much less on it; take away electronics,” Gabarrini advised Motorsport.com, referring to Stoner’s precision on throttle which was simpler than the electronics on the time.
Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Workforce
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The identical understanding was backed up by a Honda crew member who labored with Stoner when he made the transfer in 2011: “When Casey got here to Honda, he requested that he have most management of the throttle, and the way it communicated with the engine. At the moment, he was simpler as a result of he reduce earlier with acceleration than electronics may.”
Gabarrini put Stoner’s throttle management down as a key consider gas consumption when the gas tank capability was lowered in 2007, immediately giving him a efficiency edge over his rivals.
“The 2007 Ducati was an excessive motorbike, with a really highly effective engine, however nearly unrideable. That engine had a wild thirst for gas, it consumed so much,” he defined.
“Over time, engine administration has been fine-tuned, and that is why the Ducati is now the most effective bikes on the grid.”