WSBK » Checa sets out stall for Island opener

'It's hard to say what's going to happen in the race, but for sure a top six is possible depending on the conditions' - Carlos Checa

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jambop - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 5:45 PM

Well of course he s confient of being at the front Pirelli have made sure HIS tyres will last he full distance..... on the other hand sorry fours you are going to find your tyres are F'd well before then, its the Italian way I'm afraid. Its incredable to think there are only three Ducati's entere for the season and yet Pirelli will not supply a tyre that will last a race for the fours. It tells you something either A) Pirrelli can't make tyres or B) they can make tyres but they making sure that the tyre they give esures that the four cylinder bikes cannot make the most if their considerabley better power. They won't be able to help Ducati for he entire season though people will see through the charade.


February 20, 2013 6:48 PM

You know the other manufacturers are free to make 1200cc twin sportbikes if they want to. They choose not to. Here are the last 10 years of championship winning bikes

2003- Ducati - Neil Hodgson
2004- Ducati - James the ******
2005- Suzuki - Troy Corser
2006- Ducati - Troy Bayliss
2007- Honda - The ******
2008- Ducati - Troy Bayliss
2009- Yamaha - Ben Spies
2010- Aprilia- Max Biaggi
2011- Ducati- Carlos Checa
2012- Aprilia - Max Biaggi

And judging by most of the riders on the Ducatis, I'd say a lot of it had to do with the talent of the rider, not the "advantages" of the Ducati. Also note that until 2011, Ducati was a major 'factory' backed campaign. More involved than any other until recently with Aprilia and their efforts. I'm just saying.........the extra 200cc argument is bull**** IMO


February 20, 2013 8:22 PM

This may be off topic, but the news needs to get out to US tv moto race enthusiasts. BeIN Sport has picked up broadcasting rights for WSBK in America. If you have that channel on your cable system, there will be a preview show tonight at 8:30PM (EST) and the race will be broadcast in a 41/2 hour block Saturday night beginning at 8:00PM (EST) according to BeIN Sport's website tv guide. Google their website for the program schedule.
Spread the news to other message boards people. BeIN needs good ratings in the US to justify their decision to carry WSBK and are probably going to get MotoGP, too, if the ratings numbers are good for WSBK.

jambop - Unregistered

February 20, 2013 9:21 PM

@RSV4ryanYou know the other manufacturers are free to make 1200cc twin sportbikes if they want to. They choose not to.
Ah Ryan the Ducati mantra from the days when the fours were 750 and vtwin 1000. Thing is Honda called thier bluff and built and raced a 998 vtwin and spanked them Ducati have kept quiet about other manufacturers building and racing vtwins since then! Honda went back to fours after that year knowing they are more competative than a vtwin. Then of course Ducati ran crying to Dorna about the fact that the were going to have to up the capacity of their bike to 1200 to be able to compete with the fours and if Dorna would not let them race it they would stop racing in WSBK and hey presto. Add Pirelli to make tyres which favour the Ducati and even better eh? Ducati are infact a race team devoid of any sporting integrity ask Troy Bayliss the only man every to fall off four times in one race and still finish on a bike that by the rules had to cut the engine when a rider dropped


February 21, 2013 2:53 AM

An update for BeIN Sports coverage of Philip Island on Saturday for US viewers:
BeIN's live coverage of the first round of the 2013 WSBK season will start at 7:30PM (EST), not 8:00PM (EST), according to Roadracing World's website. In addition, BeIN Sport will stream the event for free on their website at the same time whether you have a cable or dish subscription to a system that carries BeIN Sport. Again this is according to Roadracing World.

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