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Ducati discontinue Althea link

Ducati has issued a press statement finalising its plans for the 2013 World Superbike Championship, both in the development of the 1199 Panigale and how it will participate in the series. Ducati say they have already confirmed the renewal of its contract with Carlos Checa, who won the 2011 World Superbike Championship on a Ducati 1198,  and the Spanish rider ...

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  • Posted 2 years ago (29 October 2012 17:04)

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moto4

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moto4 says:

p*ss off, friend

Ducati parting with their great, loyal friend despite their exceptionally good relationship seems, currently at least, contradictory at best or perhaps futher evidence of Crutchlow and Bartholo-wotsits seeming low opinion of how Ducati operate. No matter how nicely you word get lost it means the same. Having also jettisoned Feel racing are intending to reform the partnership with spare BMW Italia staff surplus to requirements should BMW Factory squad personnel arrive to replace. Need more information- seems odd to announce this but no more.

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sprintst955

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sprintst955 says:

interesting

I wonder if ducati will run an official team ? very brave if so,easier to run a satelite team if they dont win its no stain on ducatis reputation.Far more pressure on a works team.

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CBR11X

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CBR11X says:

Panigale Woes?

Just saw this on:

http://www.ducati.net/2012/11/jerez-wrapup-final-ducati-test-of-the-year-ends-with-progress/

 

"Checa, in his third time out on the all new Team Ducati Alstare Panigale has gotten within a second of the SBK pace setters. With much development still possible, this seems a great sign of the bikes potential. More importantly the fears that the Panigale might share the dreaded “lack of front end feel” that has been such a constant complaint from the GP riders, seems to not be the case. Now the winter test ban begins and the program goes back to the engineers for the time being."

 

I hope the bike goes well, but I suspect they will have the same lack of feel that the frameless MotoGP Ducatis had. It's one thing for the bike to feel good during a test, and another when it's ridden in the heat-of-battle. Motorcycles need a frame.

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