WSBK » Checa, Althea on pace after Ducati switch

Carlos Checa proves competitive as both he and Althea Racing become acquainted with the Ducati 1098RS for the first time

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boots boots

October 29, 2009 9:53 PM

I think Checa can be an outstanding rider at certain tracks, but in all honestly, this move to a privateer Ducati is just one step closer to retirement for the veteran. That said, he'll still probably finish around the 8-12th overall next year.

JC - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 10:41 PM

Shane Byrneard will hand Checa his 4rse on a silver platter next year if he gets a sniff of another Ducati. Nobody, with maybe the exception of perhaps Bayliss, rides a Duke better than Byrneard...

RaceFan - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 8:38 AM

This is a travesty. Checa?

He is another of the GP regulars who supposedly dropped down into WSB and can't hack it. If Ducati are trying to help Althea find sponsorship for two more bikes, for Shakey, why didn't they advise the team to take him and dump the Spaniard in the first place?

RaceFan - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 10:47 AM

@ salvadordaarling

Sorry if I expressed an opinion, but purely on performance terms, Byrne is the much better man, given that his bike has reportedly not been upgraded for an entire year. Checa by contrast, was on the best Honda on the grid and can be balanced against his much less experienced team mate, Jonathan Rea.

Look at the results from the last 3 meetings. On balance only a blind or ignorant man would say Checa was a better bet for the Ducati, than Byrne.

Imola DNF and 10th, Rea 7th and 6th
Magny Cours 6th and 9th, Rea DNF and 3rd
Portimao 7th and DNF, Rea 2nd and 3rd

Imola DNF and 7th
Magny Cours 8th and 7th
Portimao 4th and 4th.

Q.E.D., I think.

fan - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 2:45 PM

Perhaps Checha brings more sponsorship dollars to the table the Shakey?

There is such a thing as politics in racing. If Checa can bring in more money to help support the team it really is a no brainer.

I cannot imagine Shakey would do any better on Checa's Duc than the one he road on this season.

Crime and politics, the situation is always....fluid.

RaceFan - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 5:15 PM

And fan, what are you talking about? Shakey led the 2nd race at Portimao for around 10 laps on a bike that's not been revised since 2008. That means he was in front of the 2 Xerox Ducatis.

Checa road around well behind Rea, his team mate, on the same machine.

We can derive from this that Checa cannot defeat his younger and less experienced team mate. Ergo, Byrne would have a better than evens chance of beating Checa in a straight fight. What is it you don't get?

I think you and Dali are the only 2 members of the Checa fan club. :?

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