WSBK » WSBK Assen: Checa won’t back down from Ducati challenge

Carlos Checa admits there is 'a lot of work ahead' for Ducati in its efforts to turn the 1199 Panigale into a competitive machine.

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April 29, 2013 2:55 PM

re: "raising fears that the bike is fundamentally uncompetitive as it stands."

well yeah, 80% of the time you guys tried to test the thing pre-season, the skies opened up. at this point, batta might wanna limit all testing to VELODROMES.

Jaybond - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 3:33 PM

The Panigales are doing well in Superstock 1000, kind of strange why the bikes are not very much competitive in WSBK class..fighting in the mid-pack most of the times..or maybe this is still early days..

prof-x - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 5:30 PM

Getting rid of the air restrictor would be a good start. But to be honest, that bike looks like a turd. Pretty sure it's ample in the power dept in stock spec.


April 29, 2013 5:44 PM

Three races in and losing the restrictors is no longer an option. That is of course if the FIM and the fans wish to see twins compete against 4's on any given Sunday.
Next round is Monza. Personally I couldn't be bothered. Keep the rules as they are and Ducati may as well pull out. The ballast needs to be junked as well.
Race of the day was Superstock 1000 anyway.

John - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 5:55 PM

Maybe they will have to adapt a steel trelis frame to the panigale, cause it just seems a little too boneless under braking.

All I can tell is that us Ducati fans arent happy with this...

ducatifan - Unregistered

April 29, 2013 8:02 PM

I hate to say this but abit of motogp DNA may have slipped in to the beautiful panigale. In Superstock 1000,the more road based tyres limits grip as compaird to slicks in SBK and so bikes are more evenly mached As in motogp when grip is low ducatis fair better, but on a dry track they suffer. Honda has showen that ducatis engine configuration 90deg is ok ,but Postion and weight distribution may be the key . If the SBK panigale has the same problems as the motogp bike its right in the SH1.T . I would love to know how Baylise went on it or was it developed the fastest rider in the world but no else can ride it CS I hope all this is wrong BUT THEY HAD A HOLE YEAR TO MAKE THERE OR THERE ABOUTS, 4 OR 5 ROUNDS MORE WILL LET US HAVE ABETTER IDEAR , BIKES OR RIDERS

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