Our good colleagues over at MotoBlog.it delved into this idea today, and it brings up an interesting issue. At what point does Ducati begin supporting the privateer efforts of Althea Ducati and its rider Carlos Checa?

Checa is of course already has a win under his belt this season, not to mention that he has had very strong and consistent finishes. Checa also leads the factory Ducati riders by 18 (Haga) & 50 (Fabrizio) points…all of which was accomplished on a machine that should be inferior to what Xerox Ducati has been racing, and achieving lesser results with to this point in the season.

The idea of Ducati jumping ship right this instant is a bit premature of course, but there is an interesting problem of how long the factory will lend its support to Xerox Ducati if the team continue to return dismal finishes. Does Bologna wait until halfway into the season? A few more races? Or do they stay the course, and show their support to their “factory riders” Haga and Fabrizio. Discuss.

  • Sean Mitchell

    Well, Fabrizio and Haga aren’t doing too well with Factory support, why would Checa want it? He’s doing fine on his own!

  • Rob

    ^^Because if Checa had the resources (read: money) that the factory guys have, his bike would undoubtedly be faster, especially down the back stretches of tracks. Notice Checa has been atleast 6-7km/hr slower down the straights than the factory boys.

  • Well, last week in Cheste I heard the althea ducati was over 10kmh slower than the Xerox Ducati like Rob said, imagine the comparison with a Ten Kate or any of the 4 cilinder bikes. I think Carlos should have factory support. It’s very simple, he’s doing much better with a worse bike.

    PS: Sorry for any grammar mistake

  • Zach

    Leave ’em alone. Sometimes the trick factory parts are not an improvement over the prior year, and the privateers have things together better. Just ask Rossi if he would have rather been on the Repsol team in 2000 and 2001.

  • Zach, maybe an “extra-official” support will be perfect, like Telefonica Movistar Team with Sete Gibernau.

  • Mike

    I thought Haga won race 2 at Valencia?

  • Sean Mitchell

    Exactly. silly season has started WAY early.

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