WSBK » Checa lays down Portimao marker


The Althea Ducati rider is seeking to end his superb WSBK season on a high with wins 15 and 16...

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Skiwi-1 - Unregistered

October 14, 2011 7:44 PM

Actually Suzuki, give Andrew Stroud a call I'm sure he'd be up for a WSBK season, cost you a reasonable sum and he'd raise more eyebrows than you could possibly imagine no question about it!

Krusty The Klown - Unregistered

October 14, 2011 10:41 PM

His contract expires on monday and he hasn't heard a word from Ducati!!! I love Italian passion but sometimes emotional passion leads to irrational behavior. This appears to be the case with Ducati. They put the majority of their resources into the Rossi/Burgess disaster of a season, yet don't jump at the opportunity to keep their new new WSBK champion. Especially a nice guy like Carlos. Can someone Please explain this to me??? Italian manufacturers seem to have a long history of self destructive behavior!! All I can do is shake my head in disbelief.

shamarone

October 15, 2011 2:35 AM

re: "His contract expires on monday and he hasn't heard a word from Ducati!!!"

curious, is it ducati...? or althea he needs to hear from...?

re: "yet don't jump at the opportunity to keep their new new WSBK champion. Can someone Please explain this to me???"

i'm going to out on a limb and say it's his age. while they definitely need someone to ride this fancy new engine they've just debuted. the stink of it is, that kit won't be coming on-line for another year, at which point "los" will be even older. i don't think they are keen to build an entirely new chapter in SBK around someone that "senior" unless they bring a killer resume (see rossi). checa's gen-X. they are looking for someone gen-Y/Z to capture the "face-tubers" and "you-bookers" with coin. the accountants have made it clear, there's no future in cheap bastids or altacockers. especially not with all the wealth on the planet.

shamarone

October 15, 2011 3:22 AM

CONT: i also think we can safely assume they expected to be a HELLUVALOT further along in their prep for next year and not so tits up regarding VR46 and the GP12 at this point. while i'm sure a part of rossi wants this whole thing to succeed...? when it's all said and done i'm sure he could care less. whether they build him 1 good bike...? or build 10 more crap bikes doesn't really matter in the grand scheme...? the contract stipulates he (and burgess) collect a check come friday. so corse can keep screwing around all they want. we may see vale/nicky racing "superquadros" sooner than we think...? if that ever happens...? then it'll be EZPELATA going "tits up".

shamarone

October 15, 2011 3:50 AM

re: "What more does he have to do to get a new contract with Ducati??"

get fellow spaniard Ponce De Leon to show him where that fabled "fountain of youth" is so he can have a swim...?

re: "Hope he cashes out and get a well deserved paycheck from BMW."

just know that's ALL it will be. if he steps off the ducati and tries to have a crack at the BMW, i predict he'll go as bad (if not worse) than toseland.

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