Althea Racing team manager Genesio Bevilacqua has once again signalled his displeasure at the decision to 'penalise' the Ducatis with an additional 6kg of ballast in 2012, particularly in light of Max Biaggi's fight back to second place at Phillip Island.
The Italian has been a staunch protestor of the revised regulations over the winter, enforced following Checa's dominant turn on the 1200cc Ducati 1098R in 2011, and continued to complain at Phillip Island, despite his rider's competitive showing throughout the weekend.
Indeed, though Checa went on to take victory in the second race of the day, Bevilacqua was concerned by Biaggi's ability to battle back from 24th to second place following an off at the first turn.
With Biaggi ending the race just five seconds behind Checa, having been almost nine seconds adrift before having to make his way back through the field, Bevilacqua says he was 'disappointed' to see the 2010 champion able to make up such ground.
“After the crash in race one, we were worried that Carlos may be hurt but thankfully he wasn't and was able to concentrate on the second race. I was disappointed to see that there are riders that can start from last position and finish second, while we are penalised with six extra kilos of weight. It will be hard to overcome this difficulty this season, even with a rider, a champion, of Carlos' calibre.”
Despite Ducati's favourable results at Phillip Island, which also included Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz finishing the first race in third and fifth place respectively, the bikes were considerably down on pace through the speed traps, with Biaggi's Aprilia consistently 15kph quicker along the home straight.