WSBK » EXCLUSIVE Carlos Checa - Q&A

"The Panigale is good for Superstock but not for Superbike, the rules dictate that" – Carlos Checa.

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August 20, 2013 2:06 PM
Last Edited 37 days ago

Interesting to hear his view of the tt, seems at odds with the whole 'risk is enjoyable / pushing your mind and body to the limit' thing. I guess he likes risk, just as long as it's not too risky.


August 20, 2013 2:07 PM
Last Edited 24 days ago

Carlos is right about the WSBK tuning rules being far too liberal. Tuning a sports bike to be like a MotoGP bike is pointless and expensive, and is detrimental the actual racing in the end. I actually prefer watching World superstock these days as its closer and far more relevant to me as a potential buyer of the bikes. MotoGP is the pinnacle and always will be, WSBK would be far better served in returning to its production roots. It's happening too slowly for my liking though. Adopting Superstock rules in WSBK next year would immediately improve the championship. The superstock just becomes B grade which is cool too.


August 20, 2013 2:36 PM

Not sure I buy his superbike tuning argument.
The BSB rules allow a far lower level of tuning than WSB, much closer to superstock levels. Yet the Panigale is absolutely nowhere in BSB, actually doing worse than in WSB.


August 20, 2013 3:21 PM

Maybe with the new rules thinghs will slow down a bit and Ducati can be more competitive but you see one good handling Ducati has to be one Vtwin they can do whant they whant that the bike is allways good on corners... Compare to the Ducati in Motogp the Panigale loocks a loot better!! I guess Checa is feeling what Rossi feel in 2007 is tuff when the top speed desavantage is so high yeah all glad it all change imidiatly in 2008=).lolo


August 20, 2013 5:14 PM

I don't think that the Panigale issues are caused anyway by Checa's abilities. It's clearly the bike isn't good and partially due to the rules that restrict it's abilities. If it's true being down 20 mph to other 4 cyl bikes he's competing with that's very hard to overcome no matter how good you are as a racer.


August 20, 2013 5:18 PM

With the above said, that doesn't mean that if the rules echoed Superstock rules for WSB that the Ducati would be any more competitive. If the Panigale is derestricted and that would make their HP similar to the 4's then you may have something. But is that the case?


August 20, 2013 6:03 PM

So to summarize, Carlos likes life on the edge, but not the ragged edge. More the well-manicured, clearly defined, painted edge right next to the inflated airfence.

Immense skill, but clearly-defined self-imposed limits.
I think that goes a long way to explaining why he never quite made it to the absolute top of the GP pile.

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