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Injuries prompt first Ducati non-score in 221 races

16 September 2013

Ducati come away from the 11th round of the World Superbike Championship at Istanbul Park having failed to score single point for the first time since 2005 after injuries ruled out each of its contenders.

With just three Ducatis on the grid this year as satellite teams shy away from the new 1199 Panigale, the trio had already been reduced to one after Max Neukirchner and Carlos Checa suffered injuries in accidents during free practice.

Furthermore, sole remaining Ducati rider Ayrton Badovini was riding hurt after suffering ligament damage in his own accident during free practice.

Lining up last on the grid having not completed a single lap during Saturday's action, a technical problem would subsequently force Badovini to stop early before he chose to skip the second race altogether.

It means there would be no Ducati rider in the points for the first time since the second Valencia race in 2005, ending a remarkable consecutive streak of 221 races. As Badovini points out, it was a weekend to forget for all concerned.

“It's a pity about the stop, the races were a chance to make some laps and get to grips with this track. It would have been difficult to finish the race anyway due to my physical condition but I wanted to try at least.

“I was also having some grip issues because, having completed only one practice session, we didn't have time to identify the best set-up for our bike on this new track. Unfortunately a weekend to forget…”


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