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Checa identifies his 2011 WSBK rivals

The Spaniard heads into 2011 looking to build on his superb first year with the Althea Ducati team.
Carlos Checa says reigning World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi will be 'the man to beat' when the 2011 season gets underway in just over two months time, though he suspects there will be several riders in the mix come the start of the year.

The Spaniard heads into the 2011 season spearheading Ducati's slimmed down effort, Checa having been rewarded for taking himself and the privateer Althea Racing to three wins and third in the overall standings in 2010.


As such, Checa is being touted as a title favourite in 2011, though the man himself is expecting competition to come from several sources, from Biaggi and Jonathan Rea, to newcomers Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri, while the former MotoGP rider even identifies Kawasaki as something of an unknown quantity.

Despite this, Checa is confident he can be amongst the front runners from the off in Australia, twelve months on from when he took a shock victory for the Italian team.

"Biaggi is definitely the man to beat,” he told Bikeracing.it. “Marco will not surprise anyone if he proves to be fighting at the front, Eugene Laverty has already shown he has what it takes to be able to stay with the leaders.

"As for Honda's Jonathan Rea, he has shown already this year to fight for victory, only to get injured in the season finale. "

"We'll see if Haslam will be able to bring the BMW to the front - personally I think he has quite a job to do. Then you will have to keep an eye on the Kawasaki, Haga on the Aprilia... We just hope we can do a season as players and be able to fight for the championship."



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TLRJohnny - Unregistered

December 28, 2010 4:17 PM

Man, gotta love WSBK! I'm glad Chubby Checa mentioned Haga on the Aprilia because I think that old dog is not washed up yet. We all know the Aprilia is awesome, so I'm looking forward to seeing if he can do something with it. Interestingly, it only takes one mediocre year for the "title favorite" to fall onto everyone else's "also-ran" list. Checa is also right about the Kwak - I think a healthy Vermeulen and of course Tom Sykes might make that new greenie a meanie. Go WSBK!!

Dannyboy

December 28, 2010 4:38 PM

I can't think of a bigger shake up in riders, teams and brands then this year. Same with Moto gp! Its kinda like starting with a clean slate in motor cycle racing! Can hardly wait for 2011! So many contenders!!



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