WSBK » WSBK Aragon 2013: Laverty pips Davies in Q1

Eugene Laverty leaves it late to deny Chaz Davies in Q1 at Motorland Aragon, with Tom Sykes, Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea following up behind them.

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April 12, 2013 5:57 PM

And no one complains about the Ducati's 20km/hr deficit.
The rules only apply when the twins are on par with the 4's over the length of a lap and not the other way around.
They may aswell pack it in and focus the money thats left on their GP project as the AUDI promise appears to be just that. At least in GP they have a 4 vs 4's.


April 12, 2013 6:06 PM

The Ducati's still being developed, so no need to write it off just yet. Its rare for the Dukes to ever be the quickest thing through a speed trap, but its never stopped them winning.
The Panigale though 'behaves' a lot more like a 4 though perhaps, so maybe its old advantages of drive and fast acceleration out of corners has been lost a bit?

I'm happy to see that Chas is right up there and proving his quality yet again. He's my man to watch this year - he's gonna take a few scalps and worry a few riders IMO. Laverty is looking vv strong though. If Grinner's pace translates to race distances then he'll be up there too I think.

jimmy - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 6:08 PM

Southerner: That's true, but it's still early days for Panigale. The bikes are already 6 kilos lighter than last year. In a championship with fundamentally different machines, there will always be feuds over the bias of rules.

Penelope Pitstop - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 6:09 PM

Ditto the comments on Ducati. It doesn't do this championship any good to have one marque penalised in this way. Surely it is better for the sport to have as many manufacturers as possible fighting for the win. I'm not a Ducatista but I'd like to see them given a fair shake of the stick.


April 12, 2013 7:50 PM

The backfired trick and the Panigale. With all the mass and restrictor penalties,Ducati went 'supersquare' to achieve swept volume and maxRPM. Correct in theory,but its hurt them both ways. A twin cannot max swept volume like any 4 and the super short stroke robs the bike of the the bottom end initial grunt off the corner.
No doubt the supersquare twin is an amazing piece of tackle on the road. In that realm it has the best of everything. At the cutting edge on the SBK race track it is seriously compromised. Compromise is what the Panigale is at this level and its showing.

Ivor Bueb - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 8:35 PM

They have adjusted the V twin minimum weight before in mid season.

If the Panigales look like they are floundering then eventually they will get some weight knocked off to even things out.

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