WSBK » Checa tests Panigale as new deal looms

Carlos Checa and Davide Giugliano are set to be confirmed as staying with Ducati in 2013 when the manufacturer introduces the new 1199 Panigale.

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Boo - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 2:10 PM

Red Devils are trying to get two Ducatis for 2013, but PATA is going to Honda and Effenbert possibly to Aprilia/BMW - if they can get any riders brave enough to compete with them! Might be the odd private Panigale though (Neukirchner maybe), possibly a 1098R or two.

Guintoli has been linked with replacing Hopkins at Suzuki.

ex-loko.tkc.exe - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:30 PM

mmm...Panigale is roading in STK1000 and dont looks bad,
but is still to see how it do on the top of that game...
where little difference have more impact...i think Checa can ride any bike, but doesnt mean he can win...

by other part...hope is not the endcareer of Hopkins...


October 01, 2012 3:59 PM

re: "The much vaunted replacement for the ultra-successful 1098R, the 1199 Panigale has spent more than a year in development, though this was only the second time Checa has ridden the machine."

exactly, get your a$$ on the bike and do some REAL testing chubbs. when they're serious about something, ducati tests in private and parading ain't testing. if after all that you legitimately don't like it...? no worries, happy retirement. somebody else will be more than happy to ride to fortune and fame without the burden of +6. being preoccupied with the season and in an information vacuum (as many riders tend to be) maybe you missed the announcement...? big money VW bought the company.


October 01, 2012 4:30 PM

Checa was testing the Panigale at WDW2012 back in June, along with Troy Bayliss. Ok so it was only a couple of track sessions a day over the 4 days, but I'm sure they would have been able to tweak some settings to see what they could do.
We know that Althea is staying as the sponsor of the Ducati team for 2013, so you can be sure that Checa is staying as well.


October 01, 2012 6:46 PM

Nothing wrong wth Checa, Giugliano can't even finish a race. Neukirchner and Vermeulen cut from the same clothe. Fast then crash, then injured, then slow. Fabrizio should retire. Badovini is more talented. As for Guintoli, you get 2 good races frm him a year.
Wonder if Tommy Hill could cut a path in WSBK?


October 01, 2012 7:01 PM

re: "Ok so it was only a couple of track sessions a day over the 4 days, but I'm sure they would have been able to tweak some settings to see what they could do."

twas only a session on opening day. not with it being his first time out and not with a crowd. tweaking of settings is irrelevant unless the rider is pushing. kit will handle totally different at 9/10'ths with heat in the tyres and proper loads thru the chassis than it will at 4/10'ths on parade not wanting to be the "jackwagon" who wadded a works pani' in front a live audience. mind you, a 21st century audience where everybody's jacked into utube and social networking and whose cell phones place 1080p capability in the palm of their hands. no, checa wasn't going to be THAT guy, and i don't blame him.

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