Revellers at 2012 World Ducati Week got a surprise treat with defending World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa completing an unscheduled test of the WSBK-spec Ducati 1199 Panigale.

The Althea Ducati racer has ridden the production version of the Panigale but this marked his first test of the WSBK-spec version. His maiden ride of the WSBK Panigale was supposed to take place at Mugello but instead Checa and Ducati decided to give the Ducatisti a treat at the Misano circuit for WDW.

Ducati did not release any lap times, only saying Checa provided valuable feedback.

The Panigale wasn’t the only machine Checa got to test at Misano. Checa also climbed behind the wheel of a new Audi R8 from Ducati’s soon-t0-be-official new owners.

[Source: Ducati]