WSBK » Ducati confirms Althea split, Checa stays on

Ducati confirms it won't continue with Althea Racing for the 2013 World Superbike season, but insists Carlos Checa will ride the new 1199 Panigale.

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October 29, 2012 10:47 PM

Its not the 1 time that Ducati do this caind of extremes engines.. all there live was like this its just part of the evolution they made on the engine, exemple the 999 was whell know has extreme engine on there relation between Short and Stroke and was the only bike that really give a fight to the 1000cc when they both where 1000cc 4 and 1000cc Vtwin, the bike still have the same problems compared to the inline 4 but was a great bike and competitive.. Who dont remember that race him 2007 between toseland and Bayliss?? and that super final where Bayliss beat him to the Offcorse this Ducati will be competitive, i dont see the surprisse really, the ingridients are the same they where only waiting for this rules to get a bit soft and tkx to Althea and Checa that made the part of complain about the lack of Power and speed now Ducati can return has oficial brand for 2013.. its my feeling!!


October 29, 2012 11:56 PM

There is every possibility that next year in WSB the Panigale could be competative from the word go.

Think about it for a minute!

This year privateer national superbike & superstock teams from several countries have run the Panigale, Do you really think that Ducati has just sold the bikes and had no feedback?
More likely they have looked at this years racing with the Panigale as one long test session gaining mountains of feedback & data to allow the official factory bike to come out of the box almost fully ready to go, Something that is supported by the fact that Checa was almost on the pace in the close of season test despite using only race tyres and "development electronic mapping"

Lets wait to see what happens but it should be interesting.

Davide Tardozzi - Unregistered

October 30, 2012 1:30 AM

Time to hand the management ofthe Ducati machinery to Giulliano Rovelli s ParkinGo squad.
They have proved for the past few years that they can effeciently manage a sucessfull racing team with different machinery.

First making those Triumphs run with the frontrunners, then dominating the season on the marvellous yamaha R6.
If any doubts remained about their capacity to run at SBK level, I d say they went away with tho brilliant performances from Chaz Davies on their sattelite Aprillia...

trr - Unregistered

October 30, 2012 4:14 PM

Interesting to see that the Panigale had absolutely not a bad season in SSTK and Checa was not that far from Sykes during the last test, but some of the people still thinks that the Panigale has basic design flaws. I think after that the GP12 in MotoGP did not get much faster with the traditional chassis, we should wait a bit with the judgement. The Panigale is a milestone, therefore will have flaws of course on world level but I would not write Ducati so soon off. If the news are true and Tardozzi would be back, with Guintoli and Checa they will have a very competitive line-up, I guess money wont be a problem with Audi in the background. And those who demand firing Preziosi, dont know what they are talking about...that man is a genius, he has ideas outside the regular thinking and brave enough to get them done. I love the Ducati tradition but he is THE real designer. That old GP9 should have been developed forward in MotoGP, not a deltabox framed Ducati only because...ehh, you know.

BigTwinRyder - Unregistered

October 30, 2012 7:58 PM

@i see the experts are out..

so its genius to take the motor with all of its vibrations revving around 12-13000 or more and sit the rider directly on top of it except for the subframe then wonder why the riders cant get the front end feel they need to go faster...then theres the motor thats already self detonating down the straights because the stroke is shortened to gain more rpms to run with the inlines/v4s...thats laughable...and ducati gets an extra 200cc in engine capacity...i hope dorna takes away the extra 200cc's...if preziosi was so great they wouldnt need the extra cc's...ducati is sandbagging thats crap just the

trr - Unregistered

October 30, 2012 10:41 PM

When Guintoli says that the handling of a race Panigale is excellent, I believe him better. The tests of the road version did not mention anything problematic with the front end, the only flaws was the rear suspension actually. If the Ducati would not be a 2cyl bike, it would not need the 200 ccm. Probably you did not see this year how even the slower 4cyl bikes left Checa in the dust. But who am I explaining, you are a twin rider either...or havent left you any SSP 6K behind yet? You must ride a Panigale then. :)


October 31, 2012 12:01 AM

Could it be that Audi want Ducati to bring everything back in house?

Look at MotoGP for 2013. They say the plan is four factory spec bikes, although #3 and #4 will be sponsored by Pramac.

Surely it can't be a coincidence that Ducati have brought everything in house in MotoGP for next year and now this only months after the Audi takeover.

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