Carlos Checa The historic TT Circuit of Assen is the next scheduled stop for Team SBK Ducati Alstare, as riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini gear up for Round 3 of the 2013 World Superbike Championship taking place on the Dutch track this coming weekend.

During Round 2, in Aragon, the Ducati Alstare team was able to limit the damage on one of the most challenging tracks for the Ducati 1199 Panigale. With the goal being to collate as much data as possible for future races, Carlos and Ayrton also scored their first championship points, with a seventh, eighth and two tenth place finishes between them.

An Assen race winner in 2011, Carlos has reached the podium on several other occasions in recent years, including last season when three Ducatis, including Carlos’ bike, occupied the rostrum in Race 1. Ayrton has competed with a Superbike at the Dutch track on three previous occasions, his best result being a seventh place finish last year.

Carlos Checa:
‘I hope that the tests we carried out in Jerez after the race in Aragon bear fruit this weekend at Assen. Those two days were very important and in The Netherlands, on a track that is traditionally less problematic for the Ducati, maybe we’ll be able to make some good progress. I feel fit and healthry but the unknown at Assen is always the weather – I’ve seen some wet forecasts already so we need to work to be prepared come Sunday, whatever the conditions.’

Checa’s Superbike form at Assen:
2012: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 17th
2011: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – winner
2010: Race 1- 4th, Race 2 – 6th
2009: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 7th
2008: Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 – 3rd

Ayrton Badovini:
‘I’ve been up up at my parents’ place and working with my personal trainer during the last days, so I should be stronger when I get to Assen. It’s a track that I like, and where I hope we’ll suffer a little less as far as the riding characteristics of the bike are concerned. I’m feeling confident, also because during the recent tests at Jerez we identified a few things that weren’t working with my riding style and we started to understand what I prefer etc. So in Assen we’ll have a clearer idea as to how to prepare my bike.’

Badovini’s Superbike form at Assen:
2012: Race 1- DNF, Race 2 – 7th
2011: Race 1- 9th, Race – 15th
2008: Race 1- 13th, Race 2 – 18th


Country: The Netherlands
Name: TT Circuit Assen
Length of circuit: 4.542 km
Pole Position: left
Length of straight: 560 m
Race distance: 22 laps = 99.924 km

LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Rea (Honda) 1’36.312 (2010). Superpole – Rea (Honda) 1’34.944 (2010).

2012 RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Guintoli (Ducati); 2. Giugliano (Ducati); 3. Checa (Ducati). Race 2 – 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Guintoli (Ducati); 3. Laverty (Aprilia)

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