WSBK » WSBK Aragon 2013: Checa achieves Ducati maximum

Alstare Ducati's tough weekend concludes with Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini picking up two low top ten finishes.

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April 15, 2013 10:07 PM

re: "“The tests this week in Jerez are very important for me in particular because I still haven't had a lot of time on the bike so I hope to make the most of those sessions.

3 words... pray for dry.

Efren Vasquez - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 12:50 AM

Pretty harsh season start for the panigale.

I can understand they have a completely new bike, and have to collect data, and work twice than they woul have on a normal season. Gearbox adjustments, and suspension settings, are hard work, and Its not to expect they can always qualify on the front.

That being sayd, I would be very disapointed if they couldn have a few wins further in the season...

pp916 - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 10:07 AM

Checa is riding injured and so is Badovini, Carlos had another accident on a kart at some promo event and is carrying addition injury from that on top of what he sustained at PI. As with everybody else they've not been helped by the weather and Aragon is not a track that favours the Ducati in fully developed form let alone a new bike with little track time or data so all in all Its no surprise that they are struggling at the mo. But Checa did run at the front at PI and have pole position so the potential is clearly there, I would expect to see them improve as the season progresses, Assen is more Ducati friendly maybe they'll show better there, it'd be nice to have a twin back in the mix, if nothing else just to wind the bigots up.

Marc - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 7:04 PM

Surprised that the Ducati's were that low especially with respect to testing results and promising start at PI. It's a new bike so more development will be needed. However, the vagueness that Checa speaks of sounds like a problem that the Ducs at Motogp have had. But give it a few more race weekends before counting them out.

pp916 - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 3:07 PM

It has 50mm air intake restrictors which are killing the top end but their issues seem to be more about carrying corner speed.....that was the old bikes strength and it gave it a better entry onto the straight which went someway toward evening out the big top speed deficit to the 4's, if the new bike can't replicate that they're stuffed.

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