Checa tops testing ahead of 1199 debut

Behind him, Chaz Davies and Loris Baz endured fairly anonymous starts to their respective 2013 campaigns in 12th and 15th respectively, the pair split by wild-card riders Glenn Allerton and Jamie Stauffer.

Elsewhere, despite occupying the latter portion of the field, Italian trio Ivan Clementi, Vittorio Iannuzzo and Federico Sandi can be satisfied to be within two seconds of the ultimate pace on their return to WSBK action this year.

A contrast in fortunes compared with the Ducati rider at the head of the field, Max Neukirchner and Ayrton Badovini were left bring up the rear of the 21-strong pack after the former missed the second half of testing in the wake of his early crash on day one, while the latter managed an eight lap shakedown in preparation for his return to action this weekend.

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Checa, Australian WSBK 2012
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Checa, Australian WSBK, 2013
Checa, Australian WSBK, 2013
Kenan Sofuoglu - San Carlo Puccetti Kawasaki [credit: Kawasaki Media]
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Michael van der Mark - PATA Honda
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Sylvain Guintoli - PATA Honda
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Leon Haslam - Red Devils Roma Aprilia
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Chaz Davies - Ducati SBK

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Dave - Unregistered

February 19, 2013 7:46 AM

Top stuff and looking at the times, asking myself what the point of Motogp is? $30m+ for a factory team to lap barley 1 second quicker than production bikes with "used" riders. Really puts the CRT experiment in a different light also...maybe scrap CRT and each round of GP they include the top 5 superbikes from the previous SBK round?? They are all owned by the same group now and all that "development" in gp for 1 second?

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