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WSBK Imola: Checa: I expected to take a step forward…

Alstare Ducati's woes with the 1199 Panigale continue as Carlos Checa fails to crack the top ten in either race at Imola.
Around a circuit where he has won five of the last six races as a Ducati rider, Carlos Checa's victories at Imola seemed a distant memory this weekend as he failed to crack the top ten at this year's event aboard the 1199 Panigale.

Confident of enjoying a step forward around a circuit that was expected to suit the twin-cylinder machine, Checa was instead left floundering the entire weekend, struggling for grip and being comfortably out-paced for the first time by team-mate Ayrton Badovini.

Culminating in him finishing the races 11th and 12th, the 2011 champion admits there is much to do at upcoming tests if he is to improve the Alstare team's fortunes.

“This weekend has been hard. Honestly I expected to take a step forward here at Imola but it didn't go as we'd hoped. We've made a series of changes over the weekend but they haven't brought the desired results. I had problems with grip at the rear of the bike in both races and it was difficult to change direction.

“I'm disappointed and sorry for the team that has worked so hard again this weekend. We definitely have a lot of work to do during the upcoming tests in order to understand how to improve…”


Tagged as: Checa , Imola , Badovini

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racefan59

July 02, 2013 5:56 AM

Latest press release from Ducati: Owing to the poor results from our latest WSB 1199 Panigale we are requesting that there are some changes to the rules so as to allow us to carry on claiming to be the best sports bike in the world. 1. Kawasaki should have to carry a 10 kg bag of cement on their motorcycles. In fairness we will not dictate the location of the bag. we will leave this up to Kawasaki. 2. Aprilia are blatantly too fast in a straight line so we feel it is fair that they remove one spark plug for the duration of each race. We do not feel this is too severe a restriction. 3. BMW, as everyone knows can't build sport bikes and as this championship is for Ducati and must be won by Ducati we feel that BMW's should be forced to carry panniers and and use knobbly tyres. 4. Honda have long been known for innovation and so as to allow them to continue in this vain we feel that the must be forced to use fully automatic transmissions limited to 3 gears. 5. Suzuki, whilst not being on



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