WSBK » Checa tops testing with new Ducati 1199

Carlos Checa wastes no time in establishing the new Alstare Ducati 1199 as a front runner by ending the World Superbike pre-season test on top.

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Dave - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 7:46 AM

Top stuff and looking at the times, asking myself what the point of Motogp is?

$30m+ for a factory team to lap barley 1 second quicker than production bikes with "used" riders.

Really puts the CRT experiment in a different light also...maybe scrap CRT and each round of GP they include the top 5 superbikes from the previous SBK round??

They are all owned by the same group now and all that "development" in gp for 1 second?

alol - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 9:39 AM

Re:being barely a second slower than Moto GP bikes round PI is largely due to the prototypes fuel restriction.
On another note in WSB i hope we're not down for another year of "big engined" bikes without weight penalty winning everything

Sillius Soddus - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 10:11 AM

How is a 'Bowel obstruction' suddenly 'a virus'?
Don't sponsors like the sound of bowel obstruction?

I can't believe the problem was caused by Checa swallowing a Ducati engined through hub steering built in England prototype either.

On a faintly related tack - Alol you are an incorrigible optimist. If history tell us anything its that the organisers will nudge and twist the rules in whatever way required to ensure there's a Ducati at least on the front row.

me - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 10:59 AM


The point of MotoGP is to make money and promote manufacturers and their sponsors (or if you're cynical it's the Honda show, but the pesky Yams keep winning). WSBK is the same, but to the the cynical it's the Ducati show.

With Dorna managing both championships the gap will shortly be widened to stop fans asking the same question all of the time.

Regarding the big twins winning and being restricted. If twins are the quicker bikes then all manufacturers are free to make one, Honda have done it before.

jambop - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 12:19 PM

To be honest it must be terrible for Pirelli... who do they favour most when they are making the tires Ducati or Aprilia
@ dave
Not only did they do it the bike was exactly the same capacity as the other V twin Ducati.... and it pissed all over first time! Then Honda went back to a fare more sensible engine format that can be raced on a budget that does not have to have the manufacturer run crying to the organisers that to win races they have to spend so much on engined that are at the very limit and need replace between races!! And in the same breath say if you don't change the rules to allow 1200cc twins we are giving up proably stamped their feet while they were saying it too! In short Honda know how to make a v twin as Ducati, after chiding them for years why don't you race a v twin, found out with egg all over their face's LOL. Honda know FACT that v twins are an expensive pile of poo and not worth the effort!

FZ1 - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 12:42 PM

It would be really interesting for Ducati to sort out the Panigale and race it in MotoGP. Imagine if the thing finished in front of the factory Ducati MotoGP tem? Yikes! So much for the aluminum frame theory.

RicoMac - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 1:05 PM

Who needs 30 bikes?


And who needs Motogp and their eternal soap opera?

These bikes are heavier, cheaper, have no grip, look way better, give a better show and lap almost as fast!

Larry T. - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 4:02 PM

Well, a 20% larger displacement engine has gotta help, but you have a point. Seems like the rules could be modified but the manufacturers probably don't want to have anything competing with their zillion euro MOTOGP prototypes - some things never change.


February 19, 2013 6:20 PM
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@ dave the reason the CRT's arent faster then the wsbk's is there have a max number of engine they can use(ie 12) where the wsbk's don't have a limit, meaning they have had to drop the power on the CRT's to make them last.

hope fully they will make the wsbk have a limit also
the Panigale would also have to turn the power down to last and wouldn't have its 200cc advantage like it has now if it was in motogp...
people say
These bikes are heavier, cheaper, have no grip, look way better, give a better show and lap almost as fast!
they should add are easier to ride fast.
come on look at who have won most of the last few world titles on wsbk, there all motogp rejects,

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