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WSBK Assen: Checa optimistic of stronger Ducati display
24 April 2013
Carlos Checa is optimistic that the Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale can prove more competitive around Assen than at Motorland Aragon following a productive two-day test between events.
The 2011 WSBK champion and team-mate Ayrton Badovini spent two days testing the new 1199 Panigale at Jerez following a lacklustre weekend at Aragon that saw both riders mingling towards the bottom end of the top ten throughout the weekend.
However, having pointed out that the Spanish circuit, with its lengthy back straight, is a traditionally poor venue for the twin-cylinder and its relative top speed disadvantage, Checa expects the sweeping Dutch circuit of Assen to play to the Panigales strengths.
“I hope that the tests we carried out in Jerez after the race in Aragon bear fruit this weekend at Assen. Those two days were very important and in The Netherlands, on a track that is traditionally less problematic for the Ducati, maybe we'll be able to make some good progress.
“I feel fit and healthy but the unknown at Assen is always the weather – I've seen some wet forecasts already so we need to work to be prepared come Sunday, whatever the conditions.”
It's a sentiment shared by Badovini, the Italian hoping his first weekend back to full strength following injuries sustained at Phillip Island in February will prove more competitive.
“I've been up up at my parents' place and working with my personal trainer during the last days, so I should be stronger when I get to Assen. It's a track that I like, and where I hope we'll suffer a little less as far as the riding characteristics of the bike are concerned.
“I'm feeling confident, also because during the recent tests at Jerez we identified a few things that weren't working with my riding style and we started to understand what I prefer. So in Assen we'll have a clearer idea as to how to prepare my bike.”
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