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Checa to test Desmosedici GP12

Ducati to take advantage of Checa's experience to development 1000cc MotoGP machine

DUCATI may employ the services of newly crowned champion Carlos Checa to assist in the development of the Desmosedici GP12, as reported by Motoworld.es.

Wrapping up the 2011 World Superbike championship over the weekend at Magny Cours, Checa told the Spanish website: “I am now in Ducati and now we have to decide for 2012, which we know will be with the same bike. And later we’ll see. In fact I may soon test the 1000 MotoGP Ducati because they can not do many tests with Valentino and asked me if I could do it. I think if I test a motorcycle it will be likely be the MotoGP before the Superbike.”

Ducati could overlook having Checa race testing the new 1199 Panigale in the remaining months, as the superbike will not be raced in the top-flight class until 2013 instead choosing the Superstock series as a test-bed similar to when the 1098 was introduced in 2007. Where the Italian manufacturer may use the experience of the Spaniard to their advantage is helping with the troublesome Desmosedici GP12.

The remaining time available able for Valetino Rossi to test the 1000cc prototype is limited as they have used up seven of the eight allocated days, something that the seven time MotoGP champion has repeatedly disapproved of. However, Checa has history with Ducati having ridden the GP5 back in 2005 along with riding in the place of an injured Mika Kallio for the Pramac team last season, in the final two rounds at Estoril and Valencia.

Having the 2011 World Superbike champion join current test riders Franco Battaini and Vittoriano Guareschi will give further scope and feedback for the 1000cc bike - but also someone who is likely quicker to up the pace of the test sessions at Mugello, as often this season Checa has been able to set faster lap times on the 1198 than Rossi on MotoGP machine.

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