WSBK » OFFICIAL: Checa staying with Althea Ducati

Carlos Checa and Althea Ducati will defend its World Superbike crown together in 2012.

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October 16, 2011 5:59 PM

Ducati would be stupid to let such an experienced and skilled driver go to develop the BMW bike. I cannot understand, why it took them so long to decide that. I wish Carlos Checa good luck and success for defending his title.

alol - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 7:20 PM
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yes he could develop the BMW the same way he developed the Ten Kate Fireblade in 08/09. To quote what Barry Sheene once said (incorrectly in this case but would be applicable to Checa) of Kenny Roberts "he couldn't develop a cold"

JOHN - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 7:51 PM

I had no idea Carlos was almost without a ride for next year but this looks good and interesting. BMW do not seem to be 'nice' as we've seen with their involvement in F1 amongst other reports. As for the last comment, being '-a fraud', I cannot make sense of this.....Kenny Roberts also had Yamaha's named after him so he must have been something.

trr - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 8:02 PM

Do we measure Rea the same way then? In the first race where Checa was waiting till the half, reserve his tires and then pounced, very clever thinking...thanks to the excellent Yamahaboys, it did not work in the second race. :)

Jules W.

October 16, 2011 8:09 PM

jeebus, "developing" is a bit overrated. Racers must race, as hard as they can. Checa seems to do this just fine on the ducati doesn't he? so it seems logical that they want to keep him.

chete44 - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 9:12 PM

CC input for development is pretty much above the average SBK rider.
You cant blame CC alone for Tenkate failure, youdbetter blame Honda forsaking SBK development since 2007.
In fact, 2004 VRs yamaha inmediate success owes much to CC 2003 work at it(and Michelin sunday specials).And less than many suspect to Burgess "midas touch". that stated "had little to change"
2007 Ducati&Caseys success owes much to Bridgestone and,but a little less, to CCs 2005 and 2006 SGs work, Ducati Never forgot this and hired CC at SBK. Next CC 2012 MotoGP Ducati test, is more a needed input than ever , and less a prize for winning 2011 SBK title.

190mph - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 9:19 PM

If the un-warranted cc advantage the Ducati's have is not clear now then it never will be. Checa was able to run the softer rear in the second race despite a higher track temp and only finished marginally behind the fours. Compare that to Melandri who ran the softer rear in the first race and finished way off the pace - his rear tyre clearly showing excessive wear.

The extra two hundred cc the Ducati's run allows their bikes to be much easier on the tyres with the rider not having to work half as hard in the corners as the four cyclinder riders. The Dukes suffer no disadvantage on the straights either -as confirmed by Checa having a higher top speed at one point in race two (and that's even with air restrictors in place). The Dukes need to be given a major weight penalty to even things up.

Desh - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 12:01 AM

@ Asmaco

The reason it took Ducati so long to resign Checa is because the Ducati beancounters in Bologna are trying to stave off financial disaster having poured millions upon millions into hiring Rossi and building him 5 different bikes this year alone. They really are courting financial ruin.

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