WSBK » Carlos Checa to miss rest of 2013 WSBK season

"Istanbul crash more serious than I thought, hip fracture... I can't finish the season" - Carlos Checa.

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September 17, 2013 5:36 PM

He might as well walk away from the Panigale, he has not really got to grips with it at all. Accepted it is far from the best bike out there but he is now getting regularly out-shone by his team-mate & even Neukirchner.


September 17, 2013 5:48 PM

must be that time to hang up. he already won a World Championship and has spent more than 20 years racing. What else could he possibly prove? But should he get a Kawasaki ride he'll have a chance at winning another championship.


September 17, 2013 6:42 PM

Nope not american, just wondering if the factory Panigale needs a high profile rider for 2014 and Ben has a 2 year contract with Ducati would they push him in that direction if Nicky goes elsewhere?

Not sure of Ben's crash record this year - did he actually crash a lot or just unluckily land on his collarbone each time he did?

Back to topic, shame Carlos is out for the rest of the season.


September 17, 2013 9:11 PM
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Without knowing if there's any get-out clauses, if he's on a 2 year contract with Ducati then would they see that as an alternative if his performances don't merit staying in MotoGP?

Guess Canepa put in a couple of good performances when he stood in at Donington - and perhaps Pirro gets the pramac ride with Spies taking on test rider role plus some wildcards?


September 17, 2013 9:23 PM

Canepa was fast when he made that ride in WSBK. I really hope they bring someone up from STK or atleast someone new to the wsbk serie, its allways great to see a new talent have change, even if its on panigale.


September 17, 2013 11:23 PM

I think Ducati would be more competitive with their older bike, but it would be pretty bad for marketing to let Carlos back on the 10/1198R. Seems this year is favoring the harder hitting Kawasaki, not a surprise the 'smoother' bigger bore Duc is suffering even more than last year.

I really wish they would scrap the single make control tire, it would be good for racing for teams to have more options. A good trade off would be control tires from multiple makes, maybe even 3-4 different kinds of tires per track. Its cheaper to find performance from a better tire than to spend lots of time and money on trying to work around tires that might not fit the potential (braking/acceleration/cornering/etc) of different kinds of bikes.

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