Carlos Checa to test new Ducati Panigale in June

“I think it was a very strange race,” continued Marinelli. “La Marra did very well in the first part, and he was leading by 1.5 seconds before they put out the red flag.

“Our thoughts were that he was heading for his first win but they stopped it and he had already used all his four sets of tyres.

“He had to restart with the same tyres he finished the first leg on. They tell me Sylvain Barrier and [Loris] Baz each had one tyre that was barely used left (from their allocation), so they used them on the second part.

“With a five-lap race and no aggregate any more, it was one-shot race after that. Overall I have to say I was happy.”

Britain's Kev Coghlan finished seventh on the DMC Racing Panigale ahead of Savadori in Imola.

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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?

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.

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