Alstare Ducati have an uphill battle ahead of them this weekend at Motorland Aragón as both riders, Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini provisionally qualifying in 12th and 14th respectively after the first day at the
|Checa is struggling this weekend…
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Checa, who claims he is fully recovered from the crash that saw him knocked unconscious and hospitalised at Phillip Island says he was expecting a tough weekend at the Spanish circuit as the twin cylinder Ducati is still down on top speed compared to their four cylinder opponents. A top speed deficit isn’t going to help when you’re at a circuit with one of the longest straights on the calendar. The Spaniard, who took the first pole position of the year at Phillip Island, says he’s having a lot of issues: ‘We still have limitations at this track that don’t allow us to record the kind of times we need but it’s a new bike and we realise that there is still a lot to do. We know that top speed is going to be an issue but here we are also suffering in the changes of direction and in terms of acceleration. We still have to work to do on the set-up to see how we can carry more speed out of the corners. To tell the truth I expected this kind of situation at Aragon – it’s one of the hardest tracks for us and the gap between the two and four-cylinders is not a surprise.’
Team mate, Ayrton Badovini, also recovering from injury said: ‘Fortunately I feel physically fit, I haven’t really had any problems from that point of view. I feel quite confident that we’ll be able to improve further tomorrow because we’ve already seen progress during today’s sessions. We also made a change towards the end of qualifying that made a difference and I felt more comfortable so we hope to continue in that direction tomorrow. Of course there’s a lot more to do but we expected a challenging time of it here. We’ll do our very best.’
You can view times from the session here.