WSBK » Checa out-lasts Sykes for Imola win

Checa moves past long-time leader Tom Sykes at the mid-way point in the race before cruising to a dominant victory.

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yaaawwwn - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 11:50 AM

Are the ducati bosses going to complain now that they didn't lead every lap and that Sykes lead a few laps? how dare he...
Can't wait for motogp to start where ducati aren't allowed to cheat and they are the laughing stock of the grid.........

blah - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 12:01 PM

All the other manufactures can race with the same specs that Ducati has if they want to.
Posted by me - Unregistered (2 minutes ago)

Yeah, they only need to build a brand new road bike for homologation. Honda did it with the VTR1000 and spanked Ducati.

blah - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 12:09 PM

V-twin sport bikes are most likely gonna be commercial flops so it makes no sense to build them(TL1000R, VTR1000). No bike to homologate leads to no bike to race which leads to Ducati being the only manufacturer able to race a 1200cc twin. Had Checa done brilliantly on the CBR he rode before joining Ducati, we might give credit to his riding. However he didnt dominate the championship those days, so the only logical conclusion is that he gets a huge advantage from the bike he is riding now.

blah - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 12:11 PM

Flop of the race goes to....

Melandri, who finished more than 20 seconds behind his teammate.
Posted by Flop of the race award Imola 2012

Melandri lost over 10 seconds when he ran wide on the last corned and had to drive trough the pits. He was running really fast in the end and overtook many riders.


April 01, 2012 12:16 PM

I don't see any advantage for Ducati in terms of either top speed or acceleration. The only advantage obvious from that race is that the Duc's power delivery allows for better tyre conservation. That's what decided the result (along with Checa's skill and judgement of course). It's hardly as though Ducatis were packing positions 1-4 after all. Carlos deserves more credit than some give him.

racer - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 12:18 PM

Melandri didn't go through the pits he went down the blocked GT car track that the bikes don't use. The red wall is temporary. Pit entrance is much further back.

blah - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 12:19 PM

Ducati has awful riders so its easy for Checa to shine. Ducati does have an acceleration advantage, which is why Checa is so fast in the slow section of the track.

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