WSBK » Checa pinning hopes on test progress


Carlos Checa is optimistic a recent test at Misano has the potential to turn his and Alstare Ducati's flagging season around.

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moto4moto4

July 17, 2013 1:15 PM

It is interesting both the GP13 and Panigale WSBK seem to suffer. The main component in common is the monocoque attached to the engine as too the swinging arm at the rear. It seems likely this is, as yet, unable to provide the feedback top flight racers need. It is of further note that Kawasaki utilize the same idea on their ZX-14 but NOT on the outright sportsbike ZX-10R. This suggests they believe it wont work for the pinnacles of racing.

jambop

July 17, 2013 9:10 PM

See I could not give a toss for a Ducati BUT what I don't get is this bike was on pole for the first race this season. Now I ask the question is it loss of rider confidence or is the bike really pish? Or is it a bit f both ? It does seem very odd to go from pole to 8th to 10th don't you think?

shamarone

July 18, 2013 12:34 AM

re: "Now I ask the question is it loss of rider confidence or is the bike really pish? Or is it a bit f both ?"

you've missed a question. or was his pole just luck...? the fresh repave had people hittin' the deck left and right.

shamarone

July 18, 2013 12:56 AM

re: "a twisty circuit that favoured the twin-cylinder 1098R during practice and qualifying in 2012, but struggled in race conditions.

you mean got OWNED on the long uphill straightaway. this will be a good test. let's see if the lack of restrictions keeps them in the draft...? iirc all the multi's (even the Honda) annhilated this 6th gear straight.

jambop

July 18, 2013 11:27 AM

@shammie
you've missed a question. or was his pole just luck...? the fresh repave had people hittin' the deck left and right.
never heard of anybody dominating the practice and qualifying by luck that does not happen full stop! He may have mastered the conditions better than others but it was not luck just very good assured riding. He lost it big time in the race and has hardly been heard of since other than to say how much he has to try harder... coincidence ? I think not, he is old and past it, I think that off really shook his confidence in the bike deeply.

Nick636

July 18, 2013 11:40 AM

UH OH!

(Look at the picture of Carlos). That is the exact same look I saw on Nori Haga at Kyalami in 2010 when they were here.

It seems Ducati, when not all is well, has this effect on riders...

shamarone

July 18, 2013 2:24 PM
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re: "never heard of anybody dominating the practice and qualifying by luck that does not happen full stop!"

just means you haven't heard of it is all. it happens. I've only said though from the very beginning, that bike is not sorted, and nobody should get their hopes up.

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