WSBK » Checa satisfied with results at ‘hard’ Brno

Carlos Checa scores his first double top five finish since Imola with a run to third and fourth at Brno.

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Otto - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 8:18 PM

What nonsense is this?
Brno 'hard' for Ducati???
On the contrary, this has always been a Ducati track - shortish straights and sweeping, flowing corners. Look at the record of Bayliss and other Ducati riders here.
Checa - if you can't win here, then forget any chance of retaining the Championship.

BRIDGESTONE - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 8:27 PM

he did not to bad today i think, but what about next year? cheaca said he does not want to ride the panigale for next year! so should carlos compeat with an 1198 next year?

great 2 races today

Plaggie - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 8:30 PM

Times change. In 2010 the Ducati riders weren't very impressive here and last year it was one of Checa's less weekends of the season. Still he was good enough for two 3rds, but couldn't show the dominance he showed at 90% of the other races.

So I think a 3rd and 4th place are not bad at all.

Terminator - Unregistered

July 23, 2012 3:44 AM

Finally he had a consistent weekend for the first time in a long time. Due to the inconsistency it is now very difficult for Carlos to defend his title, but there are tracks better suited to the Duc than Brno, and it won't be long before Carlos wins his next race


July 23, 2012 4:42 AM

re: "cheaca said he does not want to ride the panigale for next year! so should carlos compeat with an 1198 next year?"

no, checa just needs to spend more than 5 mins riding the bloody thing. bayliss spent considerable time developing it and is fast.

rca - Unregistered

July 23, 2012 8:45 AM

whether the panigale is fast or not isnt the question.carlos was given very little chance of retaining the title from the off.if the new ducati is strangled and made to carry xs weight it will be the same situation. much is written about others having to override their bikes but im sure most can draft passed on the straight. i dont think carlos has had this option this year.

The Ducatisti - Unregistered

July 23, 2012 10:41 AM

With the advent of the Panigale the 1198 is now an obsolete bike from a marketing standpoint. Only existing stocks remain to be sold. I would imagine there are currently some lively conversations taking place between Ducati and the WSBK rule makers right now regarding the spec the new bike can race with next year. I suspect the Panigale is probably the upper limit of what can be achieved power wise from a big twin perhaps evidenced by the more revvy nature of the motor. Induction restrictions and weight penalties need to be removed for 2013. The bike is racing already remember in the 1000 Superstock Series and is far from dominant at present.

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