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Russia: Checa pinning hopes on test progress

Carlos Checa is optimistic a recent test at Misano has the potential to turn his and Alstare Ducati's flagging season around.
Carlos Checa is hoping a recent mid-season World Superbike test at Misano will go a long way to giving his and Alstare Ducati's flagging season a significant boost.

Suffering a new nadir last time out at Imola when he couldn't break into the top ten around a circuit he has been victorious at five times in three years, Checa headed to Misano shortly afterwards to get some much needed mileage on the struggling Ducati 1199 Panigale.

Declaring the test as positive, Checa is hoping he can put that progress into practice at the Moscow Raceway, a twisty circuit that favoured the twin-cylinder 1098R during practice and qualifying in 2012, but struggled in race conditions

“During testing in Misano I was comfortable with the bike and now I hope that the base we identified there is a real base that we can use not only in Moscow but at other tracks too. Physically I feel good, and am working hard in the gym with my trainer.

“The positive thing is that, despite completing 1400km between Imola and Misano, my shoulder didn't give me any problems and so I'm pleased from that point of view.

“The Moscow Raceway is a unique track, small and tight, and power counts a lot on what is a long, uphill straight. Once there we need to work on the chassis, grip and manageability of the bike through the mixed sections of the track. I hope we can refine the set-up of my 1199 using our current base as a starting point and work well in preparation for the races.”

Checa qualified on pole position at the Moscow Raceway riding the Althea-prepared Ducati 1098R in 2012, but could only manage a single fourth place come race day.




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Nick636

July 18, 2013 11:40 AM

UH OH! (Look at the picture of Carlos). That is the exact same look I saw on Nori Haga at Kyalami in 2010 when they were here. It seems Ducati, when not all is well, has this effect on riders...



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