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Checa philosophical despite double DNF

Carlos Checa keeps his emotions in check as he reflects on his enforced retirements from the lead of both races in the United States.
Carlos Checa says he will take away the many positives of his Miller Motorsports Park weekend as he resists the temptation to express anything more than disappointment at failing win either World Superbike race.

Having broken the lap record on the way to pole position during qualifying, Checa carried that form through to the races as he shook off the attentions of Max Biaggi and built a comfortable lead on both occasions.

However, his first race would come to a grinding halt just two laps from the finish line when a snapped cable from the fly-by-wire throttle rendered his Althea Ducati as expired.

Desperate to make amends in race two, remarkably history would go on to repeat itself as Checa built a good advantage before being forced to retire with another mechanical problem.

A cruel double DNF on a day when he could have been celebrating a perfect haul of 50 points, Checa was understandably frustrated by the outcome, yet remained remarkably philosophical about the situation.

"Everything went well: the work, the preparation, the performance, the passion, the race, the team…”, he said. “Yet unfortunately the results did not come.

“It's never happened before! We were strong and I will leave here with my head held high. I will immediately turn the page and concentrate on the upcoming tests in Misano and the next race, where I know we can do well. That's racing…”

Checa's views were mirrored by team boss Genesio Bevilacqua, who was at a loss to explain why, after a season of solid reliability, their record came to a shuddering halt.

"After the results seen in the sessions and, above all, the laps in which we led the races, we are of course disappointed with Carlos' results. However, as he himself said, we need to turn the page and once we understand the reasons for today's events we will concentrate on preparing for Misano, where we can do well.

“Our morale has taken a blow but Carlos' laps as race leader have given us confidence. There are going to be days like these in racing but we'll be back and fighting at Misano.”



Tagged as: Ducati , superbikes , Althea , Checa , Miller

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Richard Mushet

June 01, 2010 10:20 AM

I'm not a Checa fan by any means, but that was gutting for him. Very sporting by him and Biaggi, plus Max's team boss going in to the Althea garage after the first race to have a quick word with Carlos. Real sportsmanship and compassion isn't dead, it seems.



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