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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 6:10 AM

5. Suzuki, whilst not being on the pace at the moment are gaining ground. To ensure that they remain behind Ducati we are requesting they be forced to use stabiliser wheels that restricts the the angle of lean to a maximum of 49 degrees. We feel these requirements are fair and proportionate and are not anymore restrictive than the regulation against are competitors have been over the years. Everyone know that the purpose of WSB is to promote the idea that Ducati build the best sports bikes in the world. It has always been so and we strongly protest that at present , if the other manufactures continue to show up the Panigale, our sales to born again bikers will be hit. We have relied on WSB to impress the more money than sense bikers to pay for our vastly overpriced products so they can ride 1000km a year dressed in red leather and and believe that they are on the best production bikes in the world. Anyway our bikes are beautiful and that is reason enough for us to be allowed to win.



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