WSBK » WSBK Assen: Checa optimistic of stronger Ducati display

Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini are hoping a recent test at Jerez coupled to a return to the more favourable Assen circuit will work in Ducati's favour this weekend.

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Andy - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 6:34 AM

Joe, the problem is those rediculous air restrictors fitted to the Panigale. The 1199 Panigale finished 2nd in the Superstock 1000 race recording a top speed of 299kmh versus the winning bike which recorded a top speed of 307kmh. Carlos Checa's bike recorded 307 kmh (the same as the fastest Superstock bike) versus 325kmh which was the fastest top speed recorded in the Superbike class.

The air restrictors are stopping the 1199 from making the power it can using a short stroke engine and its ability to rev higher than the old 1198. It's crazy and I hope the rules are changed soon. The real problem in moto GP stems from the 'control tyre' rules in my view, if everyone has the same tyres there can only be 1 or 2 perfect set of solutions to make the best bike. At least when there was free competition in tyres more design possibilities had the potential for success.

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