WSBK » WSBK Donington: Canepa flies Ducati flag, Checa withdraws

Niccolo Canepa takes the Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale into the top eight on his World Superbike return; Carlos Checa forced to withdraw.

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May 27, 2013 10:04 AM

I am impressed by Canepa. Maybe more wild-cards in the races that not clash with the Stock 1000 program? It seems like he feels the Panigale well. And his Stock team-mate, Eddi La Marra also rides the bike fast, it could be interesting to see what he could do in the big category, too.

Otto - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 10:05 AM

So many parallels between Ducati in MotoGP & WSB.
Right down the order and it just shows how far they have fallen back when they can be pleased with a 6th.
The Desmosedici is rubbish and the Panigale is rubbish too - just not in any shape or form competitive. Audi must really be wondering what they have bought.

jambop - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 10:42 AM

I don't tink it is quite as bad a picture as you are painting. Remeber this is an entirely new bike for Ducati it will take some time to get it dialed in. It is also, of course, fair to say that the v twin is nearing the end of its racing life the four cylinder bikes have got much better over the last few years. Who knows may just be a wee bit of tweeking of the format over the next few races which will swing the advantage back to the Ducati, it is their right to win ths championship it would appear.

Otto - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 11:02 AM

Afraid not Jambop.
Ducati has a history of winning with new bikes straight from the crate. They did this with the 916, 999 & 1098.
The truth is that the Panigale is just not competitive. It has run at BSB & Superstock level for a good year now so the bike has had enough time to get sorted.
Perhaps the time has come to accept that twins simply cannot be competitive with fours anymore (& I say that as a fan of twins and a long-term Ducati owner).

pp916 - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 11:02 AM

Remember the Ducati is still fitted with ar intake resrictors, the restriction may have been relaxed recently but it was only by 2mm which is going to make negligible difference.
But aside from outight power/speed it seems that the new bike is very different to the solid, stable, high corner speed Ducati's of looks very nervous & flighty, quick to change direction but unstable as a trade off, it also looks to understeer on corner entry and generally look like a real handful to ride compared to the smooth, accurate, predictable operation of the old bike.
La Marra and Canapa seem happy to wrestle the superstock version and make it competitive but in superbike form there's still a lot of work to do. Checa is riding like a man injured and in fear of crashing which isn't helping to explore the bikes boundaries.

Dare to Live

May 27, 2013 11:18 AM

Again I salute Ducati for taking the risk in developping the avant-garde frameless Panigale and the carbon fibre Chassis in MotoGP. While the average spectator sees a decline in their progress it might just be the opposite happening. And even if not, trust me Ducati will be back. It has to be respected that since the first Superbike World Championship in 1988 in Donington Ducati won 18 out of 25 Manufacturers championships (72%) came 2nd 3 times, 3rd 3 times and in 1988 5th. There is no better racing breed out there.

red rubbish - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 11:48 AM

Dare to should also be noted that they have always had the rules written in their favour. Their sbk success is hollow and has been a marketing exercise from the beggining.....Honda built a twin in 2000 and kicked their butts staright out the box and haven't been bothered with this series ever since. Ducatis laughable gp effort highlights their ability to compete with the japanese giants. They are way out their depth now and have to build a 4 cylinder to compete, but never fear the rules will be changed just for them again so they can save better racing breed hahahaha don't make me laugh!

Dare to Live

May 27, 2013 12:01 PM
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@ Red Rubbish, please elaborate on how it is believed (You dont seem to be the only one promoting this idea) that Ducati have had the rules written in their favour, especially in the face of the Japanese Giants to use your own words. I am truly interested and would like to know.

red rubbish - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 2:15 PM

Throughout sbk history ducati have always required a cc advantage to win. Honda and the others towards the end of the 90's were always saying that the ducati had a distinct advantage and that the series needed to be levelled. The flaminis took no notice of it and ignored them because ducati were italian and were perceived to be the best. Honda built a twin kicked ducatis butt and proved a major point.the flaminis eventually let 1000fours race.ducati cried and they got a cc advantage again.aprillia started cleaning up with their v4, ducati cried and got a weight reduction. Ducati's panigale is slower than my bicycle, they cry and get a another weight reduction! Honda have won with a v4, v2 and a inline 4 they never had a helping hand when their bikes weren't competitive every race. Ducati are a joke and are being found out now. Their motogp project is the laughing stock.

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