Checa frustrated by 'unbalanced game'

Carlos Checa feels he is crashing more frequently because he is being forced to push harder on his Ducati to make up for its regulation-induced disadvantages.
Carlos Checa feels his costly crash during the first World Superbike Championship race at the Nurburgring is a consequence of him having push his Ducati to the limit through bends to make up the ground it is losing in a straight line.

The Spaniard is on the verge of ceding his WSBK crown following a turbulent season that has seen him crash out of five races, a tally that almost became six when he slid off his Althea Ducati on lap three at the tight first turn hairpin.

Remounting to get back up to 12th position by the chequered flag, a frustrated Checa feels he is powerless to prevent such occurrences since the 'unbalanced game' is forcing him to rush into corners to recover time since the twin-cylinder machine is notably slower on the straights.

An issue that has raised much debate in recent years, Checa, who went on to finish sixth in the second race, says all he can do now is simply focus on a positive end to the season.

“The crash is just one of those things – we were doing what we needed to do, pushing hard to stay with the frontrunners,” he admitted. “It was a shame because I had made a great start and had good pace. Once I got back on track I got back into my rhythm and was able to pass several riders throughout the race.

“It wasn't easy because I had lost my foot pedal in the crash but I think I rode a good race from last position, and in the end was able to take a few points.

“The second race went better as far as the result was concerned but we cannot fight with the others, who get away in acceleration – it's an unbalanced game right now as far as I'm concerned. We need to continue fighting and doing what we can with what we have, pushing our package to the limit and seeing what comes of it.”

Checa's sentiments are echoed by Althea Racing team manager Genesio Bevilacqua, who is reportedly considering leaving World Superbikes if the playing field isn't levelled.

“Two difficult races for us today, especially the first. Carlos fell but we know that this has become customary in the sense that it is increasingly difficult to race against the four cylinders.

“In race two, both riders took more care and were able to make the most of what was made available to them but, as we saw in the final phase, they would reach the four cylinder bikes through the corners only to be caught again on the straight.

“It's not the fault of those who are faster than us, it's just our current problem since the start of this season. We'll try to fight to the end and make some strong races, in the hope that the situation will change in the future.”

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jake - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 9:07 PM

but everything was balanced when Checa was winning everything running away last year? I have long tired of Ducati complaining unfair when they have a bad year and don't say anything those years they win under the same conditions. Could part of the "unbalance" be the fact the while everyone else is still developing their bikes, Ducati is in the expected position as they prep for next year with the 1199? Dumping all those resources into Rossi's bike plus getting the 1199 ready for 2013 surely had to have had an effect on the development of the 1198. But in the end Ducati can't have it both ways. They want to race a twin because of tradition. They prefer the advantage of grunt over speed. So they can't complain when the tracks that favor speed play against them, just as tracks that favor torque helps them. They could build a 4 cylinder if they wanted too but they choose not to. So i wish they stop crying every time they have a bad year

Tiburcio - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 9:02 PM

It is really amazing how selective is the memory of some people! When ducati had not only the weight but also the displacement advantage, along with permissive rules that allowed them to had engines built to almost prototype specs hence dominating the championship for a handfull of years i didnt hear them complaining!!!

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