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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jambop - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 8:27 AM

@stavros
Time to scrap the restrictors and extra weight for twins, or apply performance ballast handicaps to the whole field. Can't continue the way it is.

Why? The racing is good and close! The fact that the Ducati is not winning is of as much consiquence as when the Kawasaki or Honda is not winning. That is the root of the problem in WSBK Ducati have been let away with numerous rule changes to make sure they are winners. No the problem with this class of racing is that it is a handicap and it just does not work if the fours are going well they have some sort of advantage and vice versa. There is no devine right for Ducati to be a winning machine or even competative, the bike has to be good enough.. at the moment this one is not either of the two.

Jaybond - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 9:55 AM

I agree that the inlet restrictor on the Ducati should be taken off. In the current WSBK era, the engine capacity deficit that the 4 cyl bikes have againts the Twin cyl bikes is a bit smaller (200cc) compared to during 750 fours vs the Ducati 996/998 era, which is about 250cc. Taking off the inlet restrictor should'nt guarantee another Ducati dominance episode, as the rpm level of the four cyl machines is getting higher & higher like the BMW & Aprilia. And who knows, what the next gen Yamaha & Honda superbike machines have in store.The current WSBK playing field is more level now.

get it right - Unregistered

April 30, 2013 10:05 PM

frameless chassis is simply an inferior design to the twin spar. end of.

casey told them.
rossi told them.
carlos tried to jump to aprilia after initial testing.

if you don't listen to your riders, you develop a turd. a shiny, red, beautiful, expensive turd.

Boo - Unregistered

May 01, 2013 10:17 AM

"frameless chassis is simply an inferior design to the twin spar. end of."

That would be fine if we were talking MotoGP where bikes are made and developed to race, but remember the Panigale is a road bike first, race bike second.

Sure it has racing pedigree, but in the same way that Ducatis are twin-cylinder, they've been built primarily to be sold to regular punters. Ducati won't change a fundamental piece of the machine just because it isn't winning on the track.

Personally, I think the Panigale is exactly where it should be and I think it'll be exciting to see it climbing the order slowly, much like BMW and Kawasaki have done in the last couple of years.

Look at the 1098R and how that swept away to the title in its first year, at least Ducati have to do some thinking to do this time. The bike will get there, it was on pole at PI only a couple of rounds ago...

rod99 - Unregistered

May 02, 2013 8:55 PM

You people are amazing, weight distribution, twinspar etc etc theres even some chump commenting on what it looks like on the brakes loooooooooooool god bless the internet.

JDP - Unregistered

May 06, 2013 4:08 AM

This is growing pains, nothing more and certainly nothing less. The bike is one of the most advanced on the market, that aside its still a duc and most people who have ridden bikes understand some of the trade offs you put up with to enjoy the benefits. This year really doesn't matter much anyway. Dorna is going to strip WSBK to a super stock class and so long as its true "run what you brung" racing I think we are going to see some serious competition among the companies.

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