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Checa hospitalised with 'blocked intestine'
15 February 2013 Photograph from official Twitter account of @CarlosCeca7
Alstare Ducati's Carlos Checa lost out on vital track time on the new 1199 Panigale at Phillip Island in Australia after being hospitalised with a blocked intestine.
Checa missed both days of the 'unofficial' test after being taken to hospital prior to the start of the two-day test on Thursday suffering from stomach pain and nausea.
The 2011 World Superbike champion is now recuperating and should be back in action at the official two-day test on Monday and Tuesday.
Francis Batta, Alstare Ducati team owner, said: “It is unfortunate that Carlos couldn't ride at all. He suffered some sort of stomach problem the day after he arrived in Australia.
“Possibly it was something to do with jet-lag, the air-conditioning on the plane and the change of temperature.
“He went to hospital, but there are no big problems and we expect him to be back for the tests next week and then the race afterwards.”
Checa later wrote on his official Twitter account, @CarlosCheca7: 'An intestinal obstruction has left me KO for 2 days, I hope to leave soon the hospital and be able to test on Monday'.
The team's number two rider, Ayrton Badovini, continued with the team's development programme on Thursday but also found himself laid up in hospital following a big high-side on Friday morning at Turn 9.
The accident left Badovini's Ducati torched after it caught fire.
Badovini was initially concerned he had suffered broken ribs and was taken to hospital for further checks, but he escaped with 'no serious injuries' according to the team's official press statement.
Batta added: “Ayrton made a good start. He took things steadily, but used his head and kept improving.
“He gave the team a lot of information, so it was a shame that he crashed and couldn't ride for the rest of the day.
“He has also gone to hospital. We don't think there are any problems but await the hospital's confirmation,” he said.
“I'm a little frustrated because we couldn't do as much development work as we wanted, but I am very happy about how well the collaboration with Ducati has been going over these days and we're all looking forward to getting back on track next week.”