British WSBK: Checa wary of Silverstone’s fast sections

Carlos Checa is hopeful of building on the promise shown in Russia, but admits Silverstone doesn't play to the Panigale's strengths.
Carlos Checa admits Silverstone's fast sections could hamper his hopes of building on the promise shown by the Alstare Ducati during the previous round at the Moscow Raceway.

The Spaniard was, for the first time since the Phillip Island opener, a consistent top five challenger throughout the timed sessions in Russia and though a first lap crash would scupper his chances come race day, a podium for team-mate Ayrton Badovini suggested clear progress for the 1199 Panigale.

Even so, Checa is wary of how the Panigale will perform at Silverstone its flat, fast stretches, the former champion suggesting the bike may struggle to replicate the pace it achieved in Russia.

“Silverstone is a very different track to Moscow Raceway – the English circuit has fast sections where you're riding full throttle, and that will mean a disadvantage for us.

“Having said that, I've always felt happy riding there and I hope to be able to continue the positive work carried out during the Misano tests and at Moscow during the practices. The aim is to continue to grow, build and carry this project forward.”

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August 02, 2013 11:56 AM
Last Edited 735 days ago

Well jambop, reverting to a trellis frame probably WOULD solve a lot of their problems. One thing all Ducati superbikes from the 888 through to the 1198 possessed was excellent handling and feel because the trellis suited the L-engine architecture. They may have been down on power but the traction & drive out of a corner made up for it on most circuits. The monocoque frame is a failure. It didn't work on the MotoGP bike & it doesn't work on the Panigale. If you had ever ridden one you would know that it is like riding a scaffold pole with zero front end feel. Ducati now has a bike that doesn't handle plus the power disadvantage of a twin. Ducati knows it but they are stuck with the situation until they launch a replacement to the Panigale which probably won't be for 2-3 years. But I'd like to bet that when they do, it will have either a trellis or aluminium frame unless ego gets in the way. Put simply, a Panigale motor in a 1198 chassis would be winning races.


August 03, 2013 8:00 PM

Because the trellis-framed 1198 handled. Because the Panigale motor has more power than the 1198 (205bhp v. 192bhp) in race trim. Because the Panigale has the same engine architecture than the 1198. Because it was done before - when the 999 originally had handling issues at the start of it's development the motor was put in the old 996 frame and raced (by Frankie Chilli). It worked and became the 998r & LE. Enough for you?

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