News 3 Jul 2015

Ducati SBK development test positive for Checa

Former champion completes over 150 laps at Mugello.

Source: Ducati Corse.

Source: Ducati Corse.

Spaniard Carlos Checa has completed three lengthy days on track with the Ducati SBK development team at Mugello this weeks, riding the Ducati Panigale R superbike.

Making all of the experience gained over his long career available to the Ducati Corse technicians, Checa provided the team information and feedback with which to continue development of the bike.

Checa, who has substituted at these tests for test rider Luca Scassa, injured during the Misano SBK round, declared his satisfaction with the completed work.

“I was pleased to ride the Panigale again and to be fast right away,” Checa said. “It was really emotional to work with those people who helped me achieve my past results. I hope that my work over these three days has helped the team to further improve the bike, which has really grown a lot recently.

“I thank Ducati and the whole development team for having given me the chance to enjoy the excitement of the track once more. I had a lot of fun and who knows, perhaps I’ll have another chance to test in the future.”

On track since Tuesday morning, the Italian squad initially focused on giving the Spanish rider the right confidence. As expected, Carlos proved to be at ease riding the latest evolution of the Panigale Superbike right from his opening laps.

The schedule then involved the testing of some technical updates and, taking advantage of the high temperatures, on the identification of the best set-up with which to keep the performance of the Panigale R constant in extreme conditions such as those experienced over the three days at Mugello.

The stable weather conditions allowed the team to work uninterrupted, with the Spaniard completing more than 150 laps over the three days and achieving impressive lap times, in line with the best obtained on race tyres at the Tuscan track.