Checa happy to keep 1198 for 2012

“I admit I was a little wary of changing to the 1199, which seems to be a very different bike” – Carlos Checa.
Reigning World Superbike champion Carlos Checa says he is happy to continue racing the Ducati 1198 this season, rather than the factory's new 1199 Panigale model.

During a 'Five questions with...' media feature presented by Miller Motorsports Park, Checa was asked about Ducati's decision not to homologate the 1199 for WSBK this year and instead debut the new machine in Superstock.

“Well, we already have 6kg extra on the 1198 in line with 2012 SBK regulations, so if we had brought the new bike to the track, I guess we would have been penalised to an even greater extent!” replied Checa.

“I think Ducati's strategy to race the 1199 in the Superstock championship before moving into the SBK championship in 2013 is a good one, as it gives them more time to 'fine-tune' it, just like they did in 2007 with the 1098.

“From a personal point of view, I was very comfortable with the 1198 in 2011 and, together with this bike, I took the SBK title - so I admit I was a little wary of changing to the 1199, which seems to be a very different bike.

“I've heard great things about it, but I haven't ridden the 1199 yet so I can't say any more, but from what I've heard it definitely sounds like the potential is there!”

Checa is fourth in the 2012 WSBK championship after suffering a big highside while leading race one, then taking victory in race two.

WSBK has introduced a one-bike rule to try and reduce costs this season. As a result, Checa said his team had to “work like crazy” to get him back out for the second race.

“Although the [one bike] idea is for teams to cut costs, each team still needs to have enough parts to build a 'second' bike from a rolling chassis in case of emergency,” said Checa.

“Maybe people thought that riders would go more carefully and there would be less crashes, but look how many crashes there were just at Phillip Island! So I don't know how much money teams are really saving.

“Sessions have been spaced out to give teams a fighting chance of repairing any crashed bikes in between, but it's not easy. I crashed in Race 1 at Phillip Island, and my boys worked like crazy to build a new bike for me for Race 2!”

Round two of the 2012 championship, currently led by Aprilia's Max Biaggi, takes place at Imola on April 1.

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Checa, Australian WSBK 2011
Chaz Davies, Racing Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Chaz Davies, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Ducati team, Race1, Imola WSBK 2017
Brembo calipers on Ducati, Thai WSBK 2017
Akrapovic on Ducati, Thai WSBK 2017
Ducati Panigale engine, Thai WSBK 2017
Ducati Panigale front end, Thai WSBK 2017
Fores` Ducati, Australian WSBK, 2017. Photo courtesy of WorldSBK
Davies` Ducati, Australian WSBK, 2017. Photo courtesy of WorldSBK
Melandri`s Ducati, Australian WSBK, 2017. Photo courtesy of WorldSBK
Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
Chaz Davies, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]

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. - Unregistered

March 07, 2012 9:33 AM

ett, The answer to your question is YES. I don't know if your new to all this but Checa and Max have Masses of experience at top level . Its not like a Tom cruise film where the young guy turns up, says some one liner pulls a Bluesteel and there you go he's a winner. Not only they have yeaaars of set up experience, only gained with time but when they were young they were ballistic too. Checa was obviously a twin man and never realise until recent and your either good on a twin or not and Max is probably one of the fastest most talented riders of the 20th century who is seriously quick whatever he'd be riding. Take a look a Superbike history its aloways the older guys who dominate except Spies but he's got the mentality of an older rider as well as the talent.Its not the bikes Guilliano is a young gun yeha phyco rider, if its the bike whats his excuse??

mysticmeg - Unregistered

March 07, 2012 1:04 PM

some points are true and some need examined closer,checa is flyin this past couple of years,as max is,and yes they are fast ,race savvy old dogs,and know how to win,credit to them,but when checa rode the honda with rea,he was not that fast nor dominant,rea was the faster rider on the dodgy tempermental carlos gets a ducati and starts winning most races,the big factor is the tyres,the ducati is easy on them naturally,and the team plays to that strength/advantage,the 4s rip up the tyres more and cant go as fast at the end of a race(no grip)cant use their speed,and the duc is still punchin and gripping outta the corners late in a race,one race last yr laverty was as fast as checa or even faster but finished 2nd because he could not do the times 2nd half of the race ,and checa could do them easy,yes the duc might be a little slower ,but they are not handicapped by it, or slower over a whole race distance,look how many races they have won recently( disadvantage my arze)

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