Checa putting Miller 'disaster' behind him

The former MotoGP rider returns to Misano having tested there with the Althea team during the four-week break between races
Carlos Checa is refusing to let his disastrous double retirement at Miller Motorsports Park play on his mind as he targets more victories during the second-half of the World Superbike Championship.

Checa was on course for victory in both United States races, but was twice forced into retirement by technical problems whilst comfortably leading.

A bitter pill to swallow for Checa and the privateer Althea Ducati team at the time, the Spaniard insists there are plenty of positives to take into the remainder of the season, starting with this weekend's event at Misano.

“Miller was a positive experience even if though it was statistically disastrous,” he said. “Now I will strive for individual race wins. We've been working very well as a team and we're ready to make the most of every advantageous situation.

“In Miller we were doing well and something happened that had never happened before and that we hope won't occur again. In this second part of the season my job will be to be prepared to grab hold of any occasion that presents itself.

“I don't know if I'll go on the attack on Sunday. We'll have to see what the weather is like and more importantly where we are on the grid and where the others will be. The best strategy would be to start aggressively and get away but I don't know if that will be possible.”

Checa is among several riders to have participated in testing at Misano during the four-week break, which he hopes will enable to get up to speed quickly.

“The tests went very well. This is a track that traditionally favours the Ducati and we found a good rhythm and recorded some good times. At this point we just need to find the right set-up with the race tyre, also in light of the temperatures that we'll be facing.”

Checa has been a race winner this season – at the Phillip Island opener – and is currently classified fourth in the overall standings.

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

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KLB - Unregistered

June 25, 2010 3:34 PM

Carlos is going well, good luck to him. Whats happened to Shakey? Two years ago he looked invincible and here he is riding around, mostly outside the top 10, while his team mate on the same bike is tearing it up at the front?

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