WSBK » Carlos Checa talks Panigale plans

“I want to set-up and improve the Panigale and probably, if things are going well, race with that bike next year” - Carlos Checa.

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trent - Unregistered

May 16, 2012 6:05 AM

i suppose what carlos really means to say is that he wants to race the panigale when the track is nice and dry , its not to fast for him so he doesn't get scared of corners like parabolica , there's no nasty young chaps around who might ride their bikes in front of him and generally when "in-front" has ensured all the conditions are firmly in his and ducati's favour . No change there then . Or maybe somebody with balls and a future who doesn't cry the first time something isn't quite perfect might like to race the panigale next year - like you're team mate for instance ......


May 16, 2012 6:34 AM

Really interested to see how the Panigale goes next year. The trellis frame made the Ducati such an easy bike to ride and get the most out of. The Panigales size and wheel base without the trellis frame may make it just as hard to adapt to some tracks as the RSV4.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

May 16, 2012 8:18 AM

I presume Trent only just started watching racing - those with a longer memory can still picture Carlos' spleen rupteruring crash at Donnington on a GP bike. Or how despite crashing his Yamaha 500GP bike 24 times in a season how he still kept getting back on and going fast. You certainly can't accuse Carlos of a lack of courage - the guy has it in spades.

Also you are factually incorrect - Carlos wanted to race in the wet, it was some of the four cylinder jockeys who voted no!


May 16, 2012 9:35 AM

"First I will see if I am racing with Ducati."

I hope Ducati will not play the same comedy as at the end of last year. Checa and Althea Racing make a very good team, and the 1199 does good at Superstock level.
Nevertheless, he should concentrate on winning this year firstly. Miller and Misano are good tracks for him, but Donington was too last year. He has a hard championship ahead.


May 16, 2012 10:57 AM

Will be interesting to see what he can do on this bike. Superstock version won at Monza topping out at 198mph in less than ideal conditions, same top speed that Carlos did on his superbike at the same track! I'm sure they could squeeze another 5-10 mph in dry conditions on the Panigale next year.

rab27 - Unregistered

May 16, 2012 12:00 PM

for sure the panigale is going to be a big leap forward for ducati,but the more power a twin produces the further away it gets from the character that makes it easier to ride and easier on tyres (relatively speaking)
so while i would expect it to be a lot better than the current bike,it might not as dominating as previous new ducatis.also the 4 cylinder bikes are getting better and better at managing their peakier power ,so all in i dont think the panigale will have as big an advantage as previous ducatis

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