WSBK » Checa beats jet-lag, rivals in Australia

Together with Shane Byrne in fourth position, Althea Ducati look well prepared heading into the new year

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dmo - Unregistered

February 21, 2010 6:34 PM

So anyone else worried the the mr c and b will loose 5% revs and fruity goodness before the start of the season, can't do better the duc factory boys now can they! :p


February 21, 2010 6:54 PM

Yes dmo, you make a good point. How about this one?
Jet lagged,veteran privateer on a Ducati L-twin production based bike,laps Phillip Island during TESTING on Pirelli tyres, 1.5 seconds slower than Casey's qualifying pole in GP on the same manufacturer's GP prototype last year at the same venue.Sure, track conditions and bla bla.
The hunt hasn't even started and Dorna must already be tearing what's left of their hair,out.
Anyway, SBK as usual, looks to be in great shape as a RACING spectacle,rather than a procession. Hell, we even get to see 2 full length battles in the same day.
Roll on Sunday!!!


February 21, 2010 6:58 PM

There are some interesting comparisons between last year's test results at PI and today's test results. Checa is a full second quicker than his best 2009 time, one of the few riders to get that much improvement. Sykes Kaw is on par with his best time on the 2009 R1. The factory Ducks are still a couple tenths off best 2009 times while the 'new and improved' factory R1's are a second back from 2009 test times.

Nitro Nori - Unregistered

February 21, 2010 7:11 PM

The point about not taking the rest of the day / session into account is very valid. Also, Checa threw a super soft tyre in for the last 5 minutes of the session (a tyre that wouldn't last half a dozen laps come race day). Haga and Fab were on 'development' Pirelli rubber, and Byrne (who was in P1 for most of the last 40 minutes of the session until Checa opted for the soft stuff) was the only Ducati on standard rubber.

Sunday can't come quick enough...

RandallM - Unregistered

February 21, 2010 8:37 PM

Haga Fabrizio, Neukirchner, Haslam and Rea
did well on the Island last season. Funny the Suzukis do well here in WSBK - the FSVR in MotoGP not so much. Go Pocket Rocket !

Luke - Unregistered

February 21, 2010 8:54 PM

Except here is the UK, there will be no TV coverage if you don't have cable.
And no feed on the WSB website this year because of TV 'contracts'.
Utter and complete nonsense.
WSB may be more exciting, but at least I can get to see MotoGp on the box.

FakeHelmet - Unregistered

February 21, 2010 9:11 PM

It's a shame the BBC don't show WSBK. with all the Brits competing this year we should be doing everything to promote the series, at the end of the day it's a World Championship, where 1/3rd of the field is British - that's something to be proud of.

That said Europsort coverage is excellent, and you can stream the races live on Eurosport player for a small fee.

I just can't wait any longer!!! I've got work tomorrow and i'm thinking about staying up all night just to watch the live timing on!

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