WSBK Assen: Checa, Ducati hoping for Assen bounce back

Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini are hoping a recent test at Jerez coupled to a return to the more favourable Assen circuit will work in Ducati's favour this weekend.
Carlos Checa is optimistic that the Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale can prove more competitive around Assen than at Motorland Aragon following a productive two-day test between events.

The 2011 WSBK champion and team-mate Ayrton Badovini spent two days testing the new 1199 Panigale at Jerez following a lacklustre weekend at Aragon that saw both riders mingling towards the bottom end of the top ten throughout the weekend.

However, having pointed out that the Spanish circuit, with its lengthy back straight, is a traditionally poor venue for the twin-cylinder and its relative top speed disadvantage, Checa expects the sweeping Dutch circuit of Assen to play to the Panigales strengths.

“I hope that the tests we carried out in Jerez after the race in Aragon bear fruit this weekend at Assen. Those two days were very important and in The Netherlands, on a track that is traditionally less problematic for the Ducati, maybe we'll be able to make some good progress.

“I feel fit and healthy but the unknown at Assen is always the weather – I've seen some wet forecasts already so we need to work to be prepared come Sunday, whatever the conditions.”

It's a sentiment shared by Badovini, the Italian hoping his first weekend back to full strength following injuries sustained at Phillip Island in February will prove more competitive.

“I've been up up at my parents' place and working with my personal trainer during the last days, so I should be stronger when I get to Assen. It's a track that I like, and where I hope we'll suffer a little less as far as the riding characteristics of the bike are concerned.

“I'm feeling confident, also because during the recent tests at Jerez we identified a few things that weren't working with my riding style and we started to understand what I prefer. So in Assen we'll have a clearer idea as to how to prepare my bike.”

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joe - Unregistered

April 24, 2013 3:14 PM

Hope they make it to the podium this time. Otherwise Ill start to suspect that frameless design is finally starting to prove problematic at wsbk level! I wish they can fight for the win soon

Andy - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 6:34 AM

Joe, the problem is those rediculous air restrictors fitted to the Panigale. The 1199 Panigale finished 2nd in the Superstock 1000 race recording a top speed of 299kmh versus the winning bike which recorded a top speed of 307kmh. Carlos Checa's bike recorded 307 kmh (the same as the fastest Superstock bike) versus 325kmh which was the fastest top speed recorded in the Superbike class. The air restrictors are stopping the 1199 from making the power it can using a short stroke engine and its ability to rev higher than the old 1198. It's crazy and I hope the rules are changed soon. The real problem in moto GP stems from the 'control tyre' rules in my view, if everyone has the same tyres there can only be 1 or 2 perfect set of solutions to make the best bike. At least when there was free competition in tyres more design possibilities had the potential for success.

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