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Carlos Checa to test new Ducati Panigale in June

'The Panigale is a different bike and the feel is different too, so we do not want to take Carlos' concentration from the championship' - Ernesto Marinelli
World Superbike champion Carlos Ducati has yet to test Ducati's new Panigale 1199, but is set to ride the exciting new Italian machine during a test in June.

The Panigale was in competitive action for the first time in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race at Imola, when Eddi La Marra put the bike on the podium in third place.

Ducati is adopting a tried and tested development strategy with the Panigale, with the Superstock class used as a testing ground as work continues on the Superbike version.

Reigning champion Checa, who completed the double at Imola, has a test on the Panigale – Ducati's most radical model for some time – scheduled for Mugello following the World Superbike round at Misano.

Ducati Corse's Superbike boss Ernesto Marinelli said: “Checa has not tested it yet – a strange coincidence but it was not planned. We hope to have him make a nice test around June.

“Every other test we have is very close to races, so it is not particularly nice to test too soon before a race. The Panigale is a different bike and the feel is different too, so we do not want to take Carlos' concentration from the championship. That is his primary target.

“His test is scheduled for Mugello after the Misano round, in one of our regular development tests we do every month.”

Marinelli, meanwhile, was satisfied with the Panigale's racing debut at Imola but feels it could so easily have been a winning one as La Marra was leading the race before the red flags were deployed.

“I know the potential of the bike is definitely higher than it appeared in Imola,” he said. “I was quite pleased in race one with La Marra and overall with La Marra's performance over the weekend. I would have expected a bit more from the other riders, from [Lorenzo] Savadori and [Federico] Sandi, but Sandi had not been on the bike since the first test he did at Phillip Island with Liberty Racing.

“He also had to adapt on the tyres, and also he had not ridden at Imola during the three days of testing there that most others had, as a test for the CIV championship.”



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DesmoLin - Unregistered

April 12, 2012 10:25 PM

The only reason this topic has reappeared is because Checa won the 2011 WSBK Title and 3 of the first 4 races in 2012. i don't remember hearing anyone complaining about a Ducati 200cc advantage when Haga struggled to win the championship in 2009 and 2010 aboard the 1198RS Factory bike. Give the rider (Checa) some credit, after all in the three races Checa won, the next Ducati to finish was either 7th or 8th. It's not like we're seeing an all Ducati podium or even a Ducati 1-2. Not to mention all Ducati's currently have a 6kg weight penalty over the I4.

Kev - Unregistered

April 12, 2012 4:25 PM

Jeez, why do we keep getting this same capacity argument raised again & again and again???? When the 999 was racing, it was tuned to the eyeballs (hence being too expensive for any privateer team to run) and developed 196bhp. Any Jap in-line four of the time was developing 215-225bhp. When the 1098/1198 was launched, the capacity was higher but the state of tune was the same as the fours ... and the horsepower was exactly the same as the 999, i.e.196bhp. Anyone who knows anything about engines (& I do) knows that it's all about how much air/fuel mixture can be processed through a motor over any given time. A twin has a lower piston speed, lower rev ceiling, and a lower valve surface area for any given capacity, so it is perfectly fair to compensate for that with an increase in capacity. Without this, we will just be subjected to a diet of fours (yawn) and who really wants that?



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