Checa hoping home support spurs him on

The Althea Ducati rider has been imperious in recent rounds and has performed well at Motorland Aragon during testing.
Runaway World Superbike Championship leader Carlos Checa heads to his home round at Motorland Aragon hoping his exceptional success so far this year will tempt spectators out to support him.

The Spaniard has been in remarkable form aboard the Althea Ducati so far this season, winning eight of the twelve races thus far, including the last four in the United States and Italy.

As such, Checa is hoping the fans will make the effort to come and cheer him out at Motorland Aragon this season, which makes its debut on the WSBK calendar in place of the Valencia round.

“I really liked the track when we tested there last winter and we now travel there in the best possible circumstances,” said Checa, who commands a 72 point lead in the overall standings heading to Motorland Aragon. “It is a left-handed track and as you know I prefer those, though I'm also getting to grips with right-handers too!

“I'm really enthusiastic and happy to race in my home country. It's the first time that Superbikes come to Aragon and I would love to give the Spanish public two great races. Spanish interest in the SBK championship is on the rise and so I hope that this event can help promote the championship from a media point of view.

“I think the fans will really enjoy themselves this weekend. I thank everyone that has worked to make the Motorland Aragon event a reality.”

Though it has enjoyed vast success at MotoGP level over recent years, Spain is yet to have a World Superbike Champion.

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Dale - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 2:39 PM

The problem with the 'equalisation' formula is fundamentally flawed though. Right from the start it's wrong, coz it says "all the 4 cyl bikes on that side - you be shirts, & all the twins on this side - you be skins". At the moment it's like trying to share a packet of biscuits ... "1 for shirts, 1 for skins" ... & Ducati sits with a plate full of biscuits since they're the only 'Twin', while all the 'Fours' need to share the biscuits amoungst 6 manufacturers. It should be a manufacturer by manufacturer calculation. Also, the Top 2 system is flawed. Checa can run away with victory after victory, but as long as the next Duc is far down the field, there's always going to be a Four in 2nd & 3rd ... so points balance. & the Fours in 2nd & third are constantly changing & taking points off each other.

ducwhiners - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 12:12 AM

Ducati is visibly slow on straights (top speed). They don't have this magical advantage anymore that has anything to do with weight or restrictor plates. Ducati has a good package (frame + engine), and you can't penalize them for that. And Checa was kickin **** last year with out factory support. Factory support adds some, but it's more Checa.

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