Is Canepa what Ducati need?

Posted: 25 May 2013

Canepa, WSBK

This weekend, Niccolo Canepa will be riding alongside Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini for Team SBK Ducati Alstare on the Panigale in the World Superbike Championship.

It was announced last week that Canepa was to be allowed to race in the Superbike category at Donington Park as the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, in which he usually participates, isn't running at the UK circuit. This news follows testing at Mugello circuit on the 7-8 May which saw Canepa record lap times that made the Ducati team sit up and really take notice... 

Insiders say that Canepa was extremely quick on the bike and had something special. The testing session gave the Italian time to get to grips with the machine ahead of this weekend and work on new traction control settings and various set-ups – all of which showed promising results.

The Superpole sessions today at Donington confirmed that Canepa was the fastest on the Ducati with factory riders Badovini and Checa going out in Superpole 1 and Superpole 2 respectively. Canepa will start from ninth place on the grid for tomorrow’s races.

It will be interesting to see if the young Italian can keep up his pace during the races tomorrow. With rumours that Checa's injury will need to be operated on at the end of the year, does this leave a seat for Canepa in the Ducati garage? No doubt he will be looking to impress at Donington Park...

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