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Carlos Checa - Q&A

Yeah, of course. I can't enjoy something if there's no risk. You always have a risk in anything you do. I have some friends who go climbing and they have more risk than me.

It just depends on whether you accept it or not. I accept it and I'm sure that I'll race until I can't. At the moment it's not in my mind to retire though.

I understand that the sport is very dangerous, but the benefit I get is much bigger than the risk. The benefit is excitement and adrenaline. I do a lot of extreme sports such as parachuting which give me the same feeling. I like to push my body and mind to the limit.

Also, it's only when you are at the limit that you can discover where you are and improve, if you never push to your limit you'll never improve. The limits I am talking about here are your mental limits; it's there that the improvement comes.

If there's no risk then it feels as if my mind hasn't woken up and when you have risk you feel happy. You can't win something worthwhile if you can't lose as well

I don't ride on the road though. A sports bike on the road makes no sense to me.

Crash.net:
Given your attitude to risk, would you consider riding the TT?

Carlos Checa:
No, not the TT. I'm completely against that race.

For a thrill I can go at 300km/h without a helmet if I want but it's not a good idea, the TT is the same thing.

For sure I can race at the TT, but for me it makes no sense. We know there's danger in racing and we've been fighting for rider safety for a long time so that doesn't seem like a good idea. Taking part in a sport is one thing, but being stupid or reckless is another. Mind you I'm not saying that the riders who take part are stupid, it's just those circumstances. The world has grown up in many areas and safety is one of them.

Also I think that some of the scenes we get from that race such as motorcycles jumping in the street don't give a good image for motorcycle racing

I would ask the people who organise that race if they would be happy if their son were taking part.

Crash.net:
Do you enjoy the traveling lifestyle of racing?

Carlos Checa:
It's not so bad but I prefer practice, racing and testing, any work on the bike, I'm not really here for these other aspects.

Crash.net:
Don't the injuries you sustain over a career build up?

Carlos Checa:
No, I feel quite well. I've made a full recovery even from this season's accidents. I'm honest, if I didn't feel well, I wouldn't be here. Physically I'm fine and it certainly isn't an excuse for not going fast.

I always like to do some training and when I'm not competing any more I'll still continue to stay physically fit. I've got friends of 55 who are still pushing on the bicycle. For me training is fun anyway.

Crash.net:
How long is your contract with Ducati?

Carlos Checa:


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samh

August 20, 2013 2:06 PM
Last Edited 395 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 395 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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