Silverstone (UK), Tuesday 30 July 2013: Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini (Team SBK Ducati Alstare) are all set to take part in this weekend’s ninth round of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone, the last event before the traditional summer break.
Two weeks ago the team competed at Moscow Raceway, with Ayrton scoring the first podium of the season for team SBK Ducati Alstare and also achieving the first podium for the 1199 Panigale in this championship, crossing the line in third position at the end of what proved to be an extremely wet race.
Luck was not with Carlos at Russia’s Raceway but although he took a knock to the head in two separate crashes during the weekend, he is now fit and well and looking forward to joining his team-mate Ayrton on the British track this coming weekend. Both riders are confident ahead of Silverstone, a track at which Carlos took the double win in 2011 and Ayrton reached the podium during last year’s event.
“Silverstone is a very different track to Moscow Raceway – the English circuit has fast sections where you’re riding full throttle, and that will mean a disadvantage for us. Having said that, I’ve always felt happy riding there and I hope to be able to continue the positive work carried out during the Misano tests and at Moscow during the practices. The aim is to continue to grow, build and carry this project forward.”
Checa’s Superbike form at Silverstone:
2012: Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 6th
2011: Race 1 – winner, Race 2 – winner
2010: Race 1- 7th, Race 2 – 10th
“My main objective this weekend is to get back the good sensation that I had in dry conditions before the Moscow round, during both the Imola practices and tests at Misano. Of course, being a British track, the weather is always an unknown but if conditions were to be strange or wet let’s just say that I wouldn’t be too upset, considering how it went for me in the wet last year at Silverstone!”
Badovini’s Superbike form at Silverstone:
2012: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – DNF
2011: Race 1 – 10th, Race 2 – 10th
Length of circuit: 5.780 km
Pole Position: right
Race distance: 18 laps = 106.236 km
LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Crutchlow (Yamaha) 2’05.259 (2010). Superpole – Hopkins (Suzuki) 2’04.041 (2011).
2012 RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Baz (Kawasaki); 3. Fabrizio (BMW); 3. Badovini (BMW). Race 2 – 1. Guintoli (Ducati); 2. Baz (Kawasaki); 3. Smrz (Ducati).