WSBK » Checa: It’s an unbalanced game right now


Carlos Checa feels he is crashing more frequently because he is being forced to push harder on his Ducati to make up for its regulation-induced disadvantages.

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Fred - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 8:39 PM

Checa has the most fastest laps out of any rider this season.

His problem has been his inability to keep the bike upright, evident from the first round of the championship right up to this weekend

JDP - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 8:41 PM

This is ridiculous. I understand that the other manufacturers are tired of loosing to Ducati, not that is Ducati's fault they build a superior bike, but come on. They have this thing so restricted there is no chance for the 1098R to keep pace. Keep the weight but for pete's sake open up the air box, let the engine breath.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 8:45 PM

I agree with Neil Hodgsons comment during the Eurosport coverage that Checa is losing a lot of time on the straights and having to make up that time on the brakes and in mid-corner speed - the inevitable consequence of that is an increase in crashes.

Regarding the unusually high number of front end crashes at the Nurburgring, that was also explained - high winds and dirt / dust on the track reducing grip levels.

RejectDonkey - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 8:59 PM

It is obvious that Checa and the other Ducatis are down on power and speed and down to the level it is ridiculously easy to pass on the Ducati's on the straits. The restrictors must go! The fact is that a V twin on equal terms of tuning is not faster. Just look at the SSTK were the Panigale is slower then the 4s.

Tiburcio - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 9:02 PM

It is really amazing how selective is the memory of some people! When ducati had not only the weight but also the displacement advantage, along with permissive rules that allowed them to had engines built to almost prototype specs hence dominating the championship for a handfull of years i didnt hear them complaining!!!

jake - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 9:07 PM

but everything was balanced when Checa was winning everything running away last year? I have long tired of Ducati complaining unfair when they have a bad year and don't say anything those years they win under the same conditions. Could part of the "unbalance" be the fact the while everyone else is still developing their bikes, Ducati is in the expected position as they prep for next year with the 1199? Dumping all those resources into Rossi's bike plus getting the 1199 ready for 2013 surely had to have had an effect on the development of the 1198. But in the end Ducati can't have it both ways. They want to race a twin because of tradition. They prefer the advantage of grunt over speed. So they can't complain when the tracks that favor speed play against them, just as tracks that favor torque helps them. They could build a 4 cylinder if they wanted too but they choose not to. So i wish they stop crying every time they have a bad year

Sasha - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 9:09 PM

So? Build a 1000 il4 or V4 yourself then. And Hodgson... the guy was a champion in the years of the Ducati cup. Where Ducati had so much advantages that Japanese and other manufacturers didn't bother to go to the races anymore.

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