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Carlos Checa to replace Kallio at Pramac

The Spaniard, who hasn't raced in MotoGP since 2007, would bring a wealth of experience to the satellite Ducati outfit.
Carlos Checa looks increasingly likely to return to the MotoGP ranks before the 2010 season is out as rumours grow that he is being lined up to replace Mika Kallio at Pramac Ducati.

Speculation began circulating at Sepang that Checa, whose reputation in the Ducati ranks has soared on the back of his outstanding World Superbike campaign with Althea Racing, would take over from Kallio for the final two events at Estoril and Valencia.

While both parties have remained coy on the subject, rumours have spiked after Checa posted a video on Twitter of him testing the official Ducati GP10 machine at Mugello.

It is thought Checa, whose WSBK season is over, would be drafted in to replace the out-of-favour Kallio, who sits at the bottom of the MotoGP leaderboard for full-time riders and has finished at the back during the last three races.

The Spaniard, who has 220 grand prix starts to his name, would be an ideal replacement for Kallio, bringing necessary experience to a Pramac team that has persevered with two fairly novice riders in 2010.

The move, however, would not be a precursor to a potential MotoGP return for the 37-year-old as he has already committed to a two-year deal with Althea Ducati in World Superbikes.

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hmmmmm the last time some supposed old washed up Ducati rider that had an pretty good year on a so called "super market trolley" and rode at Valencia I think it went quite well. If my memory serves me right (which it does) he romped them all including the multiple world champion "The GOAT" Rossi the new champion for that year "06" Hayden and to be Champion "07" Stoner (albeit on a Factory bike) and if your riders are putting up the results like that at the moment why the F*** not....worse thing he could do is ride like the other two muppets currently on the bike. and the bike cant be that bad i recall another "old" rider (Alex Barros) getting a podium out of a Pramac Duck after coming back from the so called "shopping trolleys" And yes I too used to call him "Charlie Chucker" but this year especially he has really impressed me on an Inferior bike (parts wise that and the factory team Duck didn't exactly set the world on fire either) and that first win at P.I this year was AWESOME..

pp916 - Unregistered

October 13, 2010 4:03 PM

Are some of the people who contribute to this forum really so thick that they can't grasp the concept that he is guest riding for 2 races only? He's also Spanish, the races are in Spain and Portugal (next door for those that don't know geography either), so it adds interest for the 'home' races...Kallio is clearly having a hard time and would appear to want to opt out, Dorna and Pramac want the bike on the grid, Checa has been the stand-out Ducati rider in WSB this season and is being 'rewarded'...what's so difficult to understand? He's a class rider, it will be interesting to see how he goes...

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