WSBK » Checa ‘happy’ with fourth as Panigale beckons


Carlos Checa World Superbike defence ends with a sole seventh place finish at Magny-Cours.

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A year too late! - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 1:09 AM

What is the story with the pannigale anyway?
I've read that after the embarrassing performance of Rossi on the carbon gp bike, Ducati held off on racing the new bike in WSBK this year because it was tainted by the stigma that clearly only Casey Stoner had the skill to ride their bikes and with the new 30 million dollar man impersonating a solid mid-pack rider for two seasons I'm thinking that despite Ducatis reasons, the rumour is highly likely?
Shame, cause it looks and sounds like an awesome machine!

shamarone

October 08, 2012 4:09 AM

re: "What is the story with the pannigale anyway?
I've read that after the embarrassing performance of Rossi on the carbon gp bike, Ducati held off on racing the new bike in WSBK this year because it was tainted by the stigma that clearly only Casey Stoner had the skill to ride their bikes"

no, the story is the same as the 1098. they only raced that in superstock it's first year ('07), then the 2nd year it went to WSBK ('08). history now repeats itself.

A year too late! - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 11:03 AM

Shamarome, that's only cos the 1098 was homologated as a 1098, not the actual 1198cc capacity as it is raced. There was a lot of sweet talking and rule changes made to get this through.
I found some info that indicates ducati were reluctant to release the pannigale with the 'spider' style frame that rossi couldn't get within 2 seconds of Stoner on and with their reputation resting on the italian, it wouldn't have been a good look for the bike.
I know I know, but a lot of people can't discern the difference between motogp and wsbk or between a proven talent and a manufactured one.

Otto - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 2:25 PM

Not true 'a year too late'.
The 1098R was the homologated bike, and this was 1198cc from the start.
The only reason Ducati called it a 1098 was that the 'normal' road bike of the time was only 1098cc, so this was done for marketing reasons.
The following year, the road bike grew to 1198 anyway.
The Panigalle has done pretty well in the Superstock category and Ducati always planned to take it to WSB in 2013.
The same thing happened with the 1098R ... it raced in the first year only in Superstock whilst Ducati continued with the 999 in Superbikes.

A year too late! - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 12:00 AM

Check your model release dates and press releases and you'll see ducati were clearly able to make the pannigale ready for this years pre-season homologation cut-off.
They dragged it out because Rossi's performance was giving it a bad reputation.
It's telling that despite a couple of contrite appearances with the bike, ducati have NEVER actively used the most popular rider in the world to promote the pannigale and the GP bike actually used the original pannigale tricolore paintscheme released very early in the preseason, so stop kidding yourselves that it wasn't ready!

RejectDonkey - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 10:01 AM

I don't care if Duacti used Rossi or not for promoting the Panigale. Rossi was never the right man for the Duacti brand. I will always remember the likes of Bayliss, Stoner, Foggy etc for being Duacti heroes.
But regarding the Panigale, it seems like its handling (based on SSTK ) is just fine. But the Panigale just like the 1098R struggles with lack of power. I can't see Duacti fixing that issue in WSBK as the Panigale will run with restrictors. Ducati will struggle next year unless they pull out something spacial... maybe Stoner on the Panigale.

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