Monday, June 29

DUCATI CALLS IN CHECA

Former Superbike World Champion Carlos Checa will return to ride a Ducati Superbike tomorrow.

The Spaniard will ride the Panigale R at a Superbike test at Mugello, Italy over three days, starting June 30.

He will support the work of the Ducati development team and substitute for injured Luca Scassa who was  injured at the Misano round in which he was taking part as a 'wildcard' entry.

Checa officially retired from competition at the end of 2013 after struggling with an uncompetitive 1199 Panigale in its first season of racing.  Previous Ducatis have proven competitive from the first race of a a new season but the Panigale has proven troublesome.

Ducati believes Checa's talent and technical ability will prove useful in further developing the Panigale R that has finally started to become competitive this year, its third season of racing.

The milestone reached at Misano, with Ducati scoring its 800th World Superbike Championship podium, and the positive results that the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team is achieving, show that the Borgo Panigale bikes are once more playing a starring role in the series for production-derived bikes.
Checa has remained close to Ducati since retiring from racing, undertaking the role of brand ambassador, and has also maintained a high level of training and physical preparation. He recently concluded his first session as an instructor at the “Champs Academy”, the Elite programme at the DRE (Ducati Riding Experience) from June 15-17 at Mugello.

Ducati Corse is enthusiastic about working with the former world champion once again and confident that they will be able to collate useful and constructive feedback over the scheduled three days.

“I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to return to the track with the Ducati Panigale R Superbike," said Checa.  

"The project continues to develop and I’m honoured and happy to be able to make a contribution.  I hope, once I’ve shaken off a few cobwebs, to be able to provide the team with useful feedback.  It’s been a while since I rode a Superbike and I want to stress that I’m not thinking to return to racing.  I just like the idea of experiencing some of the excitement I enjoyed during my career and plan to be fully focused and committed during the three days of testing.” 
Checa on the title winning 1098R, the last truly competitive Ducati Superbike.