WSBK » Pole sitter Checa out of second WSBK race

Carlos Checa is hospitalised following a spectacular collision with Marco Melandri in the first World Superbike race of the year at Phillip Island.

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jimmy - Unregistered

February 24, 2013 3:15 AM

This is a tragedy for Checa, Alastare and the championship overall. Now he would have to repeat his 2011 performance to retain any chances for the title...


February 24, 2013 6:29 AM
Last Edited 1011 days ago

re: "Checa's crash and withdrawal is another blow to the Alstare team after Ayrton Badovini was also forced to pull out because of a foot injury."

yeah it is.

re: "Now he would have to repeat his 2011 performance to retain any chances for the title."

early days. murphy's got a whole bag of DNF's. enough for everybody.

Zack - Unregistered

February 24, 2013 11:29 AM

Unfortunately, 2011 seems a distant memory for Checa.
Normal service appears to have resumed - he's back to Careless Chucker mode that has typified most of his career.
How Ducati must wish they still had someone with the calibre of Bayliss on the bike.

jambop - Unregistered

February 24, 2013 11:33 AM

Melandri was lucky to be unhurt. That's twice in the last two seasons that Checa has been guilty of reckless riding. I think the other rider was seriously hurt when Checa barged right through him. I won't be srprised to hear Checa say it was Melandri's fault for being too slow that's what the last recipient of his stupidity got by way of appology!

Boo - Unregistered

February 24, 2013 11:44 AM

Bit unfair that - turn four has been a problem for a lot of riders all weekend because tail-winds have a tendency of messing up the braking point lap-after-lap.

If you watch the replay you can see Checa's rear wheel off the ground.

At the end of the day, it was Checa himself who paid the price for an accident (and it was an accident!) and he was hurt, so have a little humility.

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