Checa snatches third overall

Althea Racing's Carlos Checa records a number of landmarks in 2010, not least finishing as the top Ducati rider overall...
Having been left without a ride in the World Superbike Championship this time last year, Carlos Checa can now claim to be a man very much in demand after doing what he needed to do to claim an 'overall podium' at Magny-Cours.

A huge achievement for the experienced Spaniard, whose chances on the Althea Ducati had been largely discredited amongst some accomplished factory opposition pre-season, Checa's eventual three wins and eight podiums would see him finish third in the final standings.

Finishing as the top Ducati rider – ahead of the factory Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio -, Checa was competitive at nearly every race, overcoming a well publicised lack of straight-line speed to finish outside the top ten just twice.

Overhauling the absent Jonathan Rea during the final race, Checa – who won both races at Imola - was thrilled with the satisfying conclusion to a season that has renewed his reputation as a motorcycling legend.

“Race one was fantastic”, he said. “We put on a great performance and in the end I was able to profit from Max's error, also thanks to the fact that I took a totally different line to him.

“It was a tight race, I tried to make up ground in my braking while the four cylinders gained in acceleration. At a certain point I thought that I had got away from them but they were straight back again and we fought for the podium until the very last metre.

“In the second race, after a difficult start, I made up positions and in the end was able to take enough points to secure third place in the championship. I am very happy, and thank the team, the sponsors and everyone that has been close to us during a 2010 full of satisfaction.”

Checa will continue with Althea Ducati for the next two seasons.

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Ian S - Unregistered

October 04, 2010 4:42 PM

I don't know that anyone has ever doubted Checa's abilities on a bike. The cloud that has always hung over him is his inconsistency and tendency to throw the bike up the road. This year he seems to have conquered that and he looks like a much more complete package than he has ever done. Good luck to him next year.

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