In the three years spent working on Minerva GN, the young UniBo Motorsport engineers worked like a MotoGP team, managing every phase of the development process, “From the design and creation of the components, to testing in the lab and on track”, explain Rebecca Rimondi and Fabio Curto, respectively Motostudent Team Leader and Chief Technical Officer for UniBo Motorsport.
How many people are involved in the team?
R – If we consider all UniBo Motorsport activities, so also the competitions for four-wheeled vehicles, there are 200 of us. Sixty are involved in the Motostudent project and we’re mainly engineering students but there are also those from other faculties, even the humanities. To build a successful team, you need different expertise and skills, from designers to marketing and communications experts.
How did the collaboration with Ducati come about?
R- Ducati is a fundamental partner in our projects. Engineers Di Piazza and Cané are the first to see our ideas for the new bike. They help us understand the optimum level we should be aiming for, and how we can actually get there.
F- It’s a continual collaboration. We speak on a weekly basis to analyse and discuss the development of the bike, but also to ensure we carry out team management activities in the best possible way.
How often does the Motostudent Championship run?
F- Every two years, although the last edition was postponed by a year due to Covid. But after each championship, we all start over from scratch. You start with a blank page and so are free to propose new ideas.