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Checa one win from surpassing Spies, Bayliss
12 October 2011
Should newly crowned champion Carlos Checa win just one of the two World Superbike races at the 2011 grand finale in Portugal, he will have completed the greatest number of race wins over a single season since 1991.
Currently, the Spaniard has 14 race wins to his name, placing him on a par with Ben Spies in 2009 and Troy Bayliss from 2002, though the latter didn't go on to win that title.
However, Checa has two races to surpass the pair, with a potential 15th or 16th victory putting him just behind Doug Polen's all-time record for 17 victories in a single season, the American having held that title since 1991 when he triumphed aboard a Ferracci Ducati.
Indeed, though he admits he can afford to 'relax' following his title win, Checa insists he will be doing all he can to end his momentous season on the ultimate high at Portimao.
“I won't be changing anything this weekend, even if the situation has changed slightly in that I've won the title," the Althea Ducati rider said. "The challenge for me is to treat this like any other race. I will be a little more relaxed of course but not too relaxed!
“I really like the track and think that we arrive there with the right ingredients to be able to make two great races. I will give it my all in order to take the greatest possible satisfaction at the end of the day. If we can win one of the races that that would of course be the perfect end to what has been, for me, a perfect season.”