Checa thanks readers for poll win

The Spaniard was a comfortable winner over Eugene Laverty, Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea.
Carlos Checa has expressed his gratitude to readers for voting him as the 2011 World Superbike Rider of the Year.

The Spaniard enjoyed a remarkable 2011 campaign aboard the Althea Ducati, winning 15 races – the highest single-season total since Doug Polen in 1991 – and claiming the title over Marco Melandri with three races remaining.

Checa's dominance is expressed by your decision to award him with's WSBK Rider of the Year with an average score of 9.3 out of 10, well ahead of Eugene Laverty in second place on 8.3 out of 10.

“First of all, thanks very much,” said Checa on learning of the result. “I'm very happy to have been voted number one! It comes at the end of an incredible year in every sense, with so much emotion both on and off the track.

“It's always great to win prizes but what I appreciate even more is the affection of the public, and so the fact that your readers voted me 'rider of the year' is very special! Happy holiday everyone – I'm looking forward to seeing you back at the tracks in 2012!”

Checa will attempt to defend his WSBK title in 2012 with Althea Ducati.

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Checa, Team Althea Ducati, Portuguese WSBK Race 1 2011
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Checa, Bevilacqua, Portuguese WSBK Race 1 2011
Checa, Portuguese WSBK Race 2 2011
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Akrapovic exhaust on Ducati, Australian WSBK, 2016
Davies` Ducati, Australian WSBK 2016. Photo: WorldSBK
Giugliano`s Ducati, Australian WSBK 2016. Photo: WorldSBK

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December 17, 2011 3:16 PM

You're welcome Carlos!!! It's nice of a rider to acknowledge his fans so well... he's a brilliant guy and fully deserved the championship this season and thanks Carlos for giving us a master class in cool, thinking and very skilled riding.

Realfan 10 - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 4:01 PM

Have to agree with Liam48, You wont meet a nicer guy in the paddock than Carlos, and a very worthy champion this year. Thanks Carlos for a great years racing, and entertainment. Wish you well mate.

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