MotoGP » Checa enlisted to help with Ducati development

Carlos Checa will sample Ducati's 2012 MotoGP challenger in place of regular riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.

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silly Billy - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 10:47 AM

Yet another test that Rossi will miss. Whats more important in life, getting your work weapon to your liking or having your ego stroked driving a fun mobile around?

Carlos will just explain how the Ducati Pr guys wrote his statement on a piece of paper for him to lip-sync.

Binza - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 11:15 AM

So now they are relying on a 40 year old,one time(only just!) Superbike champion to do the job of a supposed God-like multi Motogp world champion ,whilst he goes off on his jollies!
I imagine this way Rossi can say "Well i didn't do the development work in the off-season,so it can't be my fault can it?"

Gobsmacked - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 11:15 AM

Wow! Valentino's "engaged" in the Monza Rally while Checa tests the new bike? WTF?! With almost unlimited testing available, is that the best use of VR's time? We keep getting assurances that in spite of appaling results, #46 & team are working %110 on a winning bike for next season but all the evidence seems to suggest he's just given up altogether!

me - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 11:32 AM

I'm a Rossi fan, but I'm starting to wonder why I bother supporting someone who'd rather go and play in a rally car than sort out the bike for next year.

Actually it's probably because the only other guy on the grid with a personality is Edwards so I'm not exactly spoilt for choice on who to cheer for.

No1DoviFan - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 11:36 AM

Ducati are probs getting more promotion money out of Rossi doing this rally compared to what they are paying Checa for the test. Rossi has had a years head start to 'develop' the bike, thats why its the 'unstopable force' it was in the valencia test. The rossi move wasnt such a good idea now in heinsight, was it Ducati

Rules - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 11:39 AM

I'm pretty sure the full time riders are still restricted by a winter testing ban until next year.
I love to rag on Rossi as much as the next guy, but there's nothing he can do, might as well enjoy the down time.

I'm open to correction however...

Moses - Unregistered

November 23, 2011 11:41 AM

will be good for Checa, but i cannot explain why Rossi is missing time in rally and not testing, no sense...but im sure Checa put a good timesheet...he is like wine, just turn better and better...

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