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Carlos Checa - Q&A

"The Panigale is good for Superstock but not for Superbike, the rules dictate that" – Carlos Checa.
By Christian Tiburtius

An exclusive interview with former MotoGP star and 2011 World Superbike champion Carlos Checa.

Checa is currently 14th in this year's WSBK standings for the Ducati Alstare team, after an injury interrupted season on the new Panigale...

Crash.net:
Where are you from is Spain?

Carlos Checa:
Close to Barcelona so I'm a Catalan.

Crash.net:
And is that where you live?

Carlos Checa:
My parents live there, but my home base since '99 is England. Initially I was in London, I didn't like it so much though so I moved to Great Ayton near Middlesborough. I moved there because when I signed for Yamaha, the manager lived there and my girlfriend liked it. It was very good there for cycling and sport and quite beautiful.

Five years ago I moved back to London because of the ease of travel.

Crash.net:
Are you recognised in the street a lot?

Carlos Checa:
In Spain and Italy, yes. I'm not recognised that much though, I'm not a football player. You can survive very well, it's not too bad.

Crash.net:
So after all these years, why do you still race?

Carlos Checa:
That's a question I've been asking myself in the last few weeks!

I'm 40 years old, I started in world championships in '93, so this will be my 20th year in world championships but I still like the competition, I like to compete.

This year though is probably my hardest because technically we're very far from the top riders and once you've been there fighting with the top guys, it's very hard to be riding mid-pack, you feel very limited.

My recent years have actually been very successful in that I was able to win more races in the last three years than in the rest of my career, so in general I've really enjoyed these times.

For me I don't feel different sitting on the grid now to what I did when I started my career. It's not your age or how many years you've been racing, it's your approach to what you do. Confidence doesn't change over the years, it comes more with what you do and achieve and how you do it.

Maybe the years give you more serenity and allow you to judge and have a vision. Perhaps more maturity, when you're in action the nervous system reacts the same.

Motorbikes for me are my passion, they're my life. Maybe one day I'll stop, but I still enjoy it and while I still enjoy it I'll be there. I've liked motorbikes since I was very young and my passion for bikes is more than for competition. Sometimes when I have an opportunity to try other motorbike styles, like enduro or motocross, I always take part.

When you have the speed, the ability and the risk and you put those all into a competition it's fantastic.

Crash.net:
You enjoy the risk?

Carlos Checa:


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Checa, Imola WSBK 2014
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Checa announcing retirement, Jerez WSBK 2013
Batta, Checa and Gobmeier, Jerez WSBK 2013
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Batta and Checa, Jerez WSBK 2013

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samh

August 20, 2013 2:06 PM
Last Edited 428 days ago

Interesting to hear his view of the tt, seems at odds with the whole 'risk is enjoyable / pushing your mind and body to the limit' thing. I guess he likes risk, just as long as it's not too risky.

Desh

August 20, 2013 2:07 PM
Last Edited 428 days ago

Carlos is right about the WSBK tuning rules being far too liberal. Tuning a sports bike to be like a MotoGP bike is pointless and expensive, and is detrimental the actual racing in the end. I actually prefer watching World superstock these days as its closer and far more relevant to me as a potential buyer of the bikes. MotoGP is the pinnacle and always will be, WSBK would be far better served in returning to its production roots. It's happening too slowly for my liking though. Adopting Superstock rules in WSBK next year would immediately improve the championship. The superstock just becomes B grade which is cool too.



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