Marco Simoncelli: January 20, 1987 – October 23, 1011. [Source: Gresini Racing]
Dall’Igna Out, Albesiano In At Aprilia
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s rumored defection of Luigi Dall’lgna‘s from Aprilia to Ducati comes this morning’s press release from Piaggio. “The Piaggio Group has accepted, with immediate effect, the resignation of Luigi Dall’Igna – wishing him of course all the best for the future.” Replacing Dall’lgna is Romano Albesiano.
Albesiano joined the Piaggio Group in 2005 as Aprilia Product Development Manager and currently manages Piaggio’s Motorbike Technical Center. Albesiano will retain this position while also assuming the leading role at Aprilia Racing.
Albesiano directed the development of Aprilia’s RSV4 and its 1000cc V4 engine. In addition to the RSV4 Albesiano oversaw the development of the Tuono V4, the Caponord 1200 and the Dorsoduro. Albesiano and his team of engineers also revamped Moto Guzzi, including the development of the new generation 750cc V7 range and the Moto Guzzi California 1400.
Born in Carrù, Italy 50 years ago, Albesiano graduated from Turin Polytechnic with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Albesiano began his career with Cagiva Motor S.p.A., where he participated in the development of the 500 GP bikes during the 1991-94 seasons. From 1995 to 1997 he worked at Fondmetal Technologies as aerodynamics project leader for the Mercedes AMG vehicles in the DTM championship, and the GT FIA championship.
Returning to Cagiva Motor in 1998, Albesiano rose through the ranks to the position of Motor Vehicles R&D manager for the Cagiva and Husqvarna brands, as well as managing the sport operations for the Husqvarna brand.