MotoGP » Checa to test GP12 for Ducati?

The Spaniard would be the ideal solution for Ducati in its efforts to maintain a consistent development curve on the GP12.

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rusjel - Unregistered

October 06, 2011 1:24 AM
Last Edited 1587 days ago

Ah folks....this isn't meant to be a Stoner vs Vale thread?

Re Checa testing the bike: A number have forgotten that Carlos did a pretty good job the year he was in Tech 3 developing the Dunlops.

The guy can still clearly ride and provide useful feedback on a racing motorcycle and his input should be anything but a waste of time.

Go nuts Chuka! 38yo World Champion. Enjoy the ride
Edited name calling.


October 06, 2011 1:49 AM

Ducati have already said that bayliss is no help cos he sets his bike up totally different from any other rider and has a particular riding style . BTW tomorrow Hayden is testing the gp12 at Jerez cos Rossi is injured


October 06, 2011 2:40 AM

"as we all know by now, throwing it down the road doesnt mean anything, ask Casey".

Posted by Jules W.

"as we all know by now, throwing it down the road DOES MEAN SOMETHING, SINGLE CHAMPIONSHIP in his four years with ducati, ask Casey".


October 06, 2011 3:58 AM

If I can remember I don't think Casey did not fall of once in 2007 season, he never had to push over the limit and the ducati was a different bike, they should have stuck with the same concept.

ONE WAY - Unregistered

October 06, 2011 4:32 AM

Ducati have won only ONE world championship in all their time in the premier class.....yes, just ONE.....

Why are people acting like they have lost something they never had?????

Suzuki make Ducati look stupid on the world it sinking in yet???

They have never been in the top grade of bike manufacturers.....EVER.

Ducati got lucky with a brilliant young rider in Stoner, someone who could take an ordinary bike and get wins.

In 2007 Ducati got as close as they ever will with a fast bike with poor handling, it was still a frameless concept and handled poorly. Not one of these current riders would have got a WC out of it EXCEPT STONER.

Can Ducati ever equal the Honda's or Yam's......Absolutely NO WAY.


October 06, 2011 6:54 AM

@ONE WAY. Yes, just one WC, however have a look at 2006. Ducati were going great guns until that disastrous accident at Catalunya. The GP6 must have been good as Troy stepped onto it and wiped the floor at Valencia. The GP6 would be the base for the all conquering GP7.

The problem is probably more related to tyres or how the current Ducati works those tyres. The engine characteristics would also play into this. Casey said to go back to a screamer.

I'm not sure Carlos is the man to be much use with the GP bike. A 1200cc twin WSBK bike is far removed from a 4 cylinder GP bike. I'd be getting some hard *rsed Aussie ex dirt bike road racers onto it.


October 06, 2011 8:10 AM

What "Crash" has forgot to mention is that Checa is taking the place of an injured Rossi.

Rossi will not be able to this test due to an injured finger from the crash at the Japanese GP. They have also recalled Nicky Hayden to help who wasn't supposed to be testing and has not ridden the alloy framed bike at all


October 06, 2011 8:33 AM

@ Ausrossi

About 90% I'd say judging by how his team mate and the Premac bikes did that year.

An interesting comment Stoner made in AMCN a couple of issues ago when asked about the problems the current Ducati riders are having with the Carbon frame, he said "If they think the carbon frame is bad, they should've tried the old trellis framed bike" .....doesn't make the 2007 bike sound that good..

Jon Don Letoy - Unregistered

October 06, 2011 8:47 AM

Checa has ridden ducati before and definitely faster than any other test riders despite just being as the best of the rest in motogp field.

Checa right now is still on fire and the funny thing will be if Checa lap time is faster than Rossi's time.

Let's wait and see...

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