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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Randy - Unregistered

February 21, 2013 7:17 PM

re: weight penalties

Nobody I know straps 7kg onto their Ducati for a Sunday ride just to make everybody else feel better about their inferior bikes! The weight penalty just normalizes the bikes, so that it becomes more of a competition between the riders, and less of a competiton between the bikes. Frankly, I don't care who the better rider is -- I want to know who can make a better bike! I've seen the HP4 go head to head against the Panigale, and I've talked to owners of both, and it's not looking good for the Panigale. I may have to swap up to an HP4 from my 1098, instead of a new Duc, if BMW pwns WSB this year. I hope like hell this whole weight penalty thing gets jettisoned and WSB goes back to what it's supposed to be, which is a venue for the makers, and not a showcase for the riders.

nikt - Unregistered

February 21, 2013 10:18 AM

Re jambop...serious answer

Ducati: They will probably win this year...and don't forget that they have 200cc more but they also have an air restrictor which is 50mm in diameter. It takes quite a bit of technology to develop an L-Twin that can compete in terms of power with a 4 in line since the 2 can't rev as fast as a 4.Bottom line Ducati has 200cc more but can you quantify the additional technical limitations mentioned?

Pirelli: it's not Ducati's fault if the L-twins are more gentle on the rear tyre. This problem was solved in the latest 500cc 2 strokes with the big bang...10years later BMW and Honda can't handle a proper traction control?

jambop - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 9:17 AM

serious question . If the Ducati gets spanked again this year will they,Ducati , call it a day with the 1200 v twin or will they run off crying that their bike simply cant compete with a 1000 four and as for a increase in capacity to 1400cc and a penalty for the four cylinder bikes. Another serious question when are Pirelli going to stop making a tyre that favours the Ducati? There are only two V twin Ducati's in the feild nd yet Pirelli will not make a tyre that works for the whole race for four cylinder machine. Don't tell me thats the way the Ducati uses its tyre we know that but they could easily make a tyre that would last a full race for a four cylinder bike as well as the Ducati, but the won't. Why is that ?

Dare to Live

February 20, 2013 9:11 AM
Last Edited 1010 days ago

The field is becoming more impressive every day. Now we have and not by order of superiority, Checa, Melandri, Camier, Haslam, Rea, Sykes, Guintoli, Laverty, Fabritzio,Giugliano this is going to be a cracker. Lets hope that the new surface does not produce too many crashes...

nikt - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 1:41 AM

It's so funny to read so many wanna be engineers commenting on V-twins and blaming Ducati for the big engine...

Re "The V-twin a pile of poo?" probably you ride a 1,000 because you're slow in corners and you can't understand the advantage of a V-twin over a 4L


February 19, 2013 8:58 PM

"Well, a 20% larger displacement engine has gotta help"

and a long engine, ss swingarm, and ne-er-do-well monocoque frame in a material they know little to nothing about has GOTTA HARM. see, we call that a wash. can't have it both ways.

re: the manufacturers probably don't want to have anything competing with their zillion euro MOTOGP prototype"

again your confused, you mean carmelo.


February 19, 2013 8:50 PM

re: "Honda know FACT that v twins are an expensive pile of poo and not worth the effort"

more specifically honda (ie. the engine company) are simply into the technical challenge of multis. it was soichiro's founding ethos. see entry for RC166, CB750K0, and RC211V. but even honda-san would bow to bologna's advancement of the RVT.


February 19, 2013 6:20 PM
Last Edited 1011 days ago

@ 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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