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Checa: It's difficult because we usually use the data from the previous year's race but, as we saw in Germany, last year we were going a lot better while this year we're struggling...
Carlos Checa concedes it is unlikely he can rely on the data from his World Superbike Championship victory at Portimao last season, claiming he is 'struggling' by comparison this year.

Though still mathematically capable of defending his WSBK title, Checa is on the cusp of ceding his crown having fallen 70.5 points adrift of the leaders with only two rounds and four races to go.

Indeed, Checa has become increasingly vocal about the difference in pace between his twin-cylinder Ducati and his four-cylinder rivals recently, particularly after his strong performances during practice at Moscow and Nurburgring were followed by fairly average race results.

As such, Checa doesn't expect a different scenario at Portimao, where he led a Ducati 1-2 over Sylvain Guintoli in 2011, insisting last year's data seems to have little relevance this year.

“It's difficult because we usually use the data from the previous year's race but, as we saw in Germany, last year we were going a lot better while this year we're struggling and so those references are not so useful," the Althea Ducati rider said. "Nevertheless Portimao is a fun track with undulations that really make the rider work hard.

“I'll face this weekend with the usual philosophy, I'll do my best to adapt to the conditions and make the most of both the bike and my ability. We'll see what we are able to do.”


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anon 1 - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 10:59 AM

@Nick636 - Where did you read that WSBK teams are running starter engines? Where is the battery then? Why do they need the starter? There is not a massive torque difference between 4's and 2's. The Yamaha had the special crank and the V4's have quite a nice torque. There is a smoother curve on the 2's. 6kgs on an underpowered bike is huge. On a long straight the Ducati is 40Km/h slower than a Aprilia/BMW. On a shorter 20Km/h. There is no way that Checa can make up that gap on brakes/corner speed while he is acrrying 6Kg extra. In MotoGP Honda had to carry 4Kg extra and they got chatter. That's why 6kgs makes last year data useless.

Johan Mulder

September 19, 2012 3:14 PM
Last Edited 822 days ago

re: shamarone "ummn, they did... for grandprix... you may have heard of it...?" And your point is? No-one forces Ducati to build 2-cylinder superbikes. Has anyone looked at the racewins this season? Aprilia: 6 Ducati: 6 BMW: 6 Kawa: 3 Honda: 1 Please tell me. Which brand is superior? Exactly: NONE! Ofcourse they liked 2011 better: Ducati: 16 Yamaha: 6 Kawa: 1 Aprilia: 2 ... but hell, Ducati can't have it all like they want.



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