Carlos Checa - Q&A

Also, it's not high technology and performance which makes this sport good. We have to make the racing more equal, safer and cheaper. This movement towards Superstock will help because the main problems are economic. Anything which makes it cheaper is good.

The technological championship is MotoGP, WSBK should be more production based with modifications that all teams can afford, not just the factories. Not many teams can afford that technology at the moment.

BSB is good in this respect, in BSB you can go racing.
In MotoGP you've ridden Japanese bikes and you've ridden the Ducati, what makes the Ducati so difficult to adapt to?

Carlos Checa:
The only difference is that at this moment it's one second slower than the others.

I don't know, when I rode it in 2005 I liked it, I got some podiums, the bike was good for me. I tested the 800 and I didn't like it so much, it was with a different team, had different tyres and was much stiffer.

The Honda was different to the Yamaha, the Suzuki was different to the Yamaha and the Ducati was also different. I don't feel that there is any particular difference which makes the Ducati worse.

It's just two wheels, an engine and some handlebars and at the moment it just seems as if they've lost the balance between these components. The bike that Casey won on is totally different to the one now anyway, it had different tyres and 20km/h more than now. When they changed the bike he didn't want it anymore.

Heather Watson (Ducati press officer, also present):
I remember Casey complaining about the bike too, but when Ducati wouldn't fix the problems he would just ride around them. He never said it was a perfect bike to ride, he just said that he had to ride it on the limit and when he complained, people wouldn't listen, it wasn't easy or anything.
Sylvain Guintoli and Hopper both came to BSB to successfully rebuild their careers, is there any chance that you would come?

Carlos Checa:
I don't know, I would consider it at the end. Maybe some races.
Thanks Carlos.

Carlos Checa:
No problem.

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August 20, 2013 2:06 PM
Last Edited 423 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 410 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.

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