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Checa confident of top six at Phillip Island

'It's hard to say what's going to happen in the race, but for sure a top six is possible depending on the conditions' - Carlos Checa
Alstare Ducati's Carlos Checa is confident a top six finish is within reach on the new Panigale 1199R at this weekend's opening round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island in Australia.

The Spaniard sprung a surprise to top the times during the official two-day test at the awe-inspiring venue this week on the new Ducati and has set out his stall as he analyses his chances on Sunday.

Checa boasts a superb record at Phillip Island, having won four of the last six races there in recent seasons.

Last year, he bounced back from a spectacular high-side in race one last year to take victory in the second outing.

The 2011 champion missed the two-day private test at Phillip Island due to a blocked intestine but wasted no time in making amends as he put the twin-cylinder Panigale at the top of the times this week, lapping in 1m 31.059s to pip Marco Melandri on the Goldbet BMW.

“I've always got on very well at Phillip Island and we have good references here that will be very useful,” said Checa.

“Of course, the race is going to be very hard and competitive and we don't really know how the tyre wear is going to be.

“It will be definitely be harder once the tyres are worn and that will affect the lap times.

“There are still some areas on the track where we struggle, like turn 3, and you have to have a lot of confidence going into turn 1 as it is so fast,” he added.

“It's hard to say what's going to happen in the race, but for sure a top six is possible depending on the conditions.

“After today, my aim is to be challenging the leaders.”

The Ducati 1199 replaces the 1198/1098, which was victorious on its WSBK debut with Troy Bayliss in 2008 ahead of the Australian's dominant run to the title.



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dubey796

February 20, 2013 8:22 PM

This may be off topic, but the news needs to get out to US tv moto race enthusiasts. BeIN Sport has picked up broadcasting rights for WSBK in America. If you have that channel on your cable system, there will be a preview show tonight at 8:30PM (EST) and the race will be broadcast in a 41/2 hour block Saturday night beginning at 8:00PM (EST) according to BeIN Sport's website tv guide. Google their website for the program schedule. Spread the news to other message boards people. BeIN needs good ratings in the US to justify their decision to carry WSBK and are probably going to get MotoGP, too, if the ratings numbers are good for WSBK.

RSV4ryan

February 20, 2013 6:48 PM

You know the other manufacturers are free to make 1200cc twin sportbikes if they want to. They choose not to. Here are the last 10 years of championship winning bikes 2003- Ducati - Neil Hodgson 2004- Ducati - James the ****** 2005- Suzuki - Troy Corser 2006- Ducati - Troy Bayliss 2007- Honda - The ****** 2008- Ducati - Troy Bayliss 2009- Yamaha - Ben Spies 2010- Aprilia- Max Biaggi 2011- Ducati- Carlos Checa 2012- Aprilia - Max Biaggi And judging by most of the riders on the Ducatis, I'd say a lot of it had to do with the talent of the rider, not the "advantages" of the Ducati. Also note that until 2011, Ducati was a major 'factory' backed campaign. More involved than any other until recently with Aprilia and their efforts. I'm just saying.........the extra 200cc argument is bull**** IMO



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