Checa hits back after dramatic accident

Carlos Checa refuses to dwell on his dramatic exit from race one as he responds by claiming a fairly easy victory in race two at Phillip Island.
Carlos Checa comes away from the opening round of his World Superbike Championship defence at Phillip Island celebrating a 21st career win, but also nursing some bruises after a spectacular crash in race one.

Coming into race day keen to give his title challenge the best possible start, Checa looked every inch the rider that dominated in 2011 as he quickly worked his way to the front of the field in race one.

However, just as he was coming under pressure from Biaggi on lap five, Checa pushed too hard out of the final bend and was flung into a spectacular high-side, a fast crash that he admits is the worst he has experienced since joining Ducati in 2009.

“In race one I had the worst crash that I've ever had with the Ducati. I was under pressure and pushed a little too hard. It's extremely difficult to find the exact limit with the bike, the track, and with myself and today I exceeded that limit and fell.

Unhurt in the high-speed accident, Checa dusted himself off for race two and, assisted by Biaggi's off at the first corner, proceeded to make amends with a fairly comfortable win.

“The team made a fantastic job of preparing a bike that allowed me to win in race two. In that race, I started strong and when I saw that Max had gone off track, I pushed hard to get ahead and win the race. Max made a good recovery but I was able to maintain a strong pace and bring home what is a very important win for me and for the team.”

Scoring 25 points for his troubles, Checa ends the weekend fourth in the standings, 20 points adrift of early leader Biaggi.

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rca - Unregistered

February 27, 2012 8:28 AM

@darren checa moto gp two wins fourteen second eight third five fastest laps.sure he aint no rossi or max but thats a better record than edwards by far and he won TWO wsb titles. anyone who rides a few hours after that highside deserves better than your $hite

rca - Unregistered

February 26, 2012 2:30 PM

when your bike is that slow down the straight no wonder you push so hard on the bends.this season could of been one of the best ever but carlos has been penalised for his performance last year.if ducati were one two three last year i could understand it but as it was only carlos has delivered on the ducati for the past two seasons.

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