WSBK » Checa on pole for Ducati 1199 debut

Carlos Checa proves the Ducati 1199 is already a force to be reckoned with as he cracks the lap record on the way to pole position, ahead of Laverty and Fabrizio.

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Conge - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 9:41 AM

So they give Ducati an extra 100CC, now making it 200cc over the fours and it is winning again on it's first race on circuit where fast straight line bikes generally win...

Sigh not happy it feels like cheating to me.


February 23, 2013 9:57 AM

@Who Says:

That's a very mature response "mate"! I did not mean that WSBK is a 1000cc event, but when 99% of the manufacturers are producing and racing 4 cylinder 1000cc machines then why develope a 2 cylinder 1200cc? Ducati won the WSBK championship with their 999R so it is possible.

You don't have to like my opinion but have the balls to register with your name if you want to throw out insults, otherwise read and respect my opinion. It may not be right but its my opinion. I still have huge respect for Checa to be able to ride that machine and put it on pole.

Who Says - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 10:18 AM

@ Lance

It's like this ...
You & I disagree in a forum (can you imagine!) so we plan to meet in the local car park to settle our differences.
You use your street cred & pitch up with a heavy baseball bat to show me who's boss. I, on the other hand, use my martial arts knowledge & arrive with 2 smaller batons. Both can do serious damage if used in the right way. Just like WSBK.

Now if we planned to meet in a boxing ring with all the same rules ... more like MotoGP

LanceTheHooliganAlbon - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 10:45 AM

@ Rob - Ducati can't enter a "one litre" race, so it won't be them - LOL. But in a one litre race I'd say it would be a battle between the BMW and Kawasaki :)

@ Who Says - the rules have been modified to allow for the Ducati's to compete. It's not as simple as they can have the extra 200cc's due to the fact they are 2 cylinders short. The rules are always changing as to how much weight they're allowed and other restrictions as well which plays on how well or bad they are doing over a period of time. Those decisions would not fluctuate as much if they all raced a 4 cylinder 1000cc bike. I have accepted the current situation however and I am glad not to be involved in deciding how much weight can or cannot be allowed.

At least Ducati is competitive in WSBK along with the other manufacturers which makes for better racing than the MotoGP of the past couple of years. It is a travesty that DUKE could not produce the 2012 WSBK DVD which was in my opinion, the greatest year to date with 9 di

schnumi - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 12:05 PM

If having 200cc more on a 2 cylinder would be such a big advantage then why dont the others make use of it? And besides that ducati just created a great bike with that much HP from a 2 cylinder engine.

Who Says - Unregistered

February 23, 2013 12:14 PM

@ Lance

This is a production based series & Ducati dont make production 4's.
Neither do some other manufacturers.
The rules havent been MODIFIED to allow DUCATI to compete, they have been CREATED to allow different manufacturers with different design philosophies to all compete on an equal footing.
That is why, in the last few years we have seen V-Twins, Inline 4's, V-4's, crossplane big bang 4's all winning / scoring poles / winning championships.
The ballast weight / restrictor system is merely to fine tune those rules to ensure racing is competitive & prevent over-engineered 'cheat' bikes (aka 999 / RC45 / R7). & it works. Look at the past few seasons.

Consider this - if Ducati have the advantage you & others claim, the other competitors would be the 1st ones complaining. However, being the experts & understanding the equalization formula you obviously dont ... they arent complaining at all.


February 23, 2013 2:52 PM

Ducati was built around 2 cylinder engines and they don't want to get with the program of the other manufacturers so compromises are made for them. Why should all the other manufacturers have to scrap their litre bikes in order to beat a manufacterer with clear favoritism?

In order for WSBK to survive, the Ducati farce must stop.


February 23, 2013 3:17 PM
Last Edited 1167 days ago

never underestimate the power of DESMO, long engines, ssswingarms, monocoque frames, and one design genius phil preziosi. he's ducati's DR. XAVIER. and you just remember that audi.

so ends the lesson.

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