Ducati, Monza: alarm for bike and driver
It is not an easy year, speaking about sport, for Ducati. In addition to the developing difficulties of MotoGp project, significant problems occurred in the SBK area (historically a land of conquest for Borgo Panigale's Production House).
After the initial enthusiasm with the clinched Superpole in Phillip Island, the 1199 Panigale has always struggled in race. Neither the effort of Carlos Checa were useful enough, never on the podium and twelftht in the general ranking with 29 points, nor those of a skilled team like the Alstar one. General manager Berhnard Gobmeier tried to explain the problem of the last emilian superbike.
"We have had conflicting results – explained yesterday in Jerez – In Phillip Island we were in pole position, while in Aragon we knew to lose precious tenths in the straights against the 4-cylinders. In Assen we realized to suffer for a lack of handling and agility".
In the trial of the chassis of the last desmodromic, the accused is the stiffness of the main components.
"We have analyzed the problem and some answers have already emerged – he continued – The Panigale is a very rigid bike, hardo to tune. It can be extremely powerful, but the margin of optimal tuning is minimal, a mistake in the structure can easily penalize us. It is all about learning how".
The difficulties are not over. Adding fuel to the fire in the circuit of Monza, an historically hard track for the 2-cylinder due to the long straights, there are the physical condition of Carlos Checa. A special consultation after Assen showed a bone edema on the head of the humerus of the left shoulder, an injury which probably goes back to a previous trauma and that now got worse under stress.
"During the last two GP, during the race in particular, the left shoulder has always bothered me, but in the evening, after the second race in Assen, it has worsened – declared Checa – A specialist check, made ??right after my return to Spain, revealed a humerus bone edema. I will remain in care in Spain until Thursday and I hope that the intensive medical care will help me to recover and to face the next weekend without any particular problem".
So, when it rains, it pours. Let's hope that the weather will be fine to avoid the last year criticisms.
Translation by Lisa Avarello