WSBK » Checa: I expected to take a step forward…

Alstare Ducati's woes with the 1199 Panigale continue as Carlos Checa fails to crack the top ten in either race at Imola.

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July 04, 2013 5:10 AM

Checa is so hit or miss - always has been. His MotoGP career was marred by average results, lots of crashes before he eventually faded away. Then suddenly a firecracker result out of the blue. I think he will just return to his old ways though. A nice guy but a really dull, average racer who's just happy to be employed.


July 09, 2013 4:19 PM

That was funny Racefan and a bit of truth in the illusion of a top superbike for custormers. But moreso than the numbers I think that customers of the Duc like them for design and prestige that come with them. Yes you can buy a Honda/Kawi/Suzi etc... for thousands less with equal or better performance but then so can everyone else hence the reason Duc customers buy them similar to why people that can afford them buy supercars.


July 09, 2013 4:24 PM

In terms of Checa, I think slagging is off the mark because while he wasn't the greatest in MotoGP he has done very well in WSB. His current situation is due to injury compounded by a new bike that needs further development. While some results have been disappointing the first race in Phillip Island showed some promise. As Checa is fairly healed and getting more confidence with testing his results should improve.


July 10, 2013 9:29 PM
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chances are the older 1198 is probably a better all around bike, but lets be fair Checa got his title in 2011 because nobody else could make their tires go like he could.

It's my belief that Ducati are not very good when it comes to traction control, and they are being forced on to tires which seem to be suiting the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of bikes (the ZX10R).

Give Ducati their own tires, they might be able to get podiums, Sykes performance at Monza proves that you can still have a great shot at winning there even if you are the almost the slowest in a straight line (traction control anyone?)

Two solutions, get rid of TC, its irrelevant for consumers and it only adds unnecessary costs to racing, and get rid of the control tire which only really ever makes racing that much more predictable and lame.


July 10, 2013 9:31 PM
Last Edited 1024 days ago

btw, nobody needs anti-wheely, anybody who can't keep their front wheel down is an idiot and shouldnt be allowed to ride a bike w/ over 100hp. Nobody needs ABS or TC on bikes either, if your scared your tires might slip get a slower bike.

anti wheely and TC are only good for racing when you are trying to get every bit of power out of the motor with out upsetting the balance of the bike too much, anyone pushing their bike that hard on the street deserves no sympathy and last time I looked, the stuff manufacturers feed the consumers isn't that great at all, different maps are nice to have, but ABS and TC (for consumers) are gimmicks, like KERS in F1, in terms of true utility and value.

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