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Checa ends victory drought in style
1 June 2008
Carlos Checa is determined to keep up his momentum after sweeping to a double victory at Miller Motorsports Park, the sixth round of the World Superbike Championship.
The first time in ten years that Checa has stood on the top of a podium after battling to a win in the opening race, the Spaniard quickly followed it up with a second triumph around the American circuit just hours later.
With each win coming despite a pair of poor starts, Checa was certainly made to work hard for his wins, but there was little doubt that he was the quickest rider over the course of the weekend.
Together with championship leader Troy Bayliss also failing to score, Checa has slashed his advantage from 78 to 28 points as the series heads to the Nurburgring.
With that in mind, Checa is determined to continue that winning feeling on the return to Europe.
“What a fantastic moment, first the Superpole win and now this race. Just at the start of the race I had some problems with my number one bike and h ad to the other one. I think I had a good start, but then saw the other riders in front o f me I knew I had to work hard.”
“When I saw Neukirchner in front I knew I could overtake him and take the lead. In the beginning it was difficult to make a gap, but I managed to make enough ground. It then was more difficult to control my mind then control the tyre. At the end of the race Corser was catching up on me and I had to stay focused and improve my pace.”
“It's been a fantastic moment to take a double win here in the USA. The last time I won a race was ten years ago – these are my first wins outside my homeland Spain and I would like to dedicate them to m y friend Wayne Rainey. I want to thank the team and the sponsors for the opportunity they gave me to prove my talent and determination. I now have the taste for victory. I hope we can continue working the way we did today.”
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