Checa drops back after Donington crash

Carlos Checa endures his toughest weekend for some time as he manages just a single sixth place finish at Donington Park.
Carlos Checa has slipped 23 points off the World Superbike Championship lead after a dramatic first corner accident in race two concluded a frustrating weekend for the reigning champion.

Starting off the front two rows for the first time since Monza 2011, Checa struggled to get into the lead fight during race one as he faded to a quiet sixth place finish.

However, worse was to follow in the second race when Checa clipped the rear tyre of Eugene Laverty's Aprilia as he rounded the opening bend. Sending him into the path of Jakub Smrz and Althea Ducati team-mate Davide Giugliano, Checa's subsequent fall would force him into his third non-score of the season.

“After the result of race one, which wasn't bad, I thought I'd be able to do more in the second. I tried to start strong and found a good position but when I got to the apex I saw Laverty in front of me and he braked suddenly, maybe there was a rider in front of him I don't know.

“I did everything I could to brake, to stop the bike, but there were riders all around me and I couldn't avoid a fall.

Picking up a minor leg injury, Checa says he will now focus his attention on the next event at Miller Motorsports Park, where he has been dominant in recent seasons.

“My leg is a bit sore and a little swollen but I'm ok. I need a couple of days to get over this result and then I'll start preparing for Miller.”

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Terry - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 4:15 AM

Strange how we have 2 posters laughing at a rider getting injured. Probably Ducati haters. Hopefully next season when the Panigale replaces the 1198, Ducati won't be penalized with added weight etc.

RejectDonkey - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 1:57 PM

Ducati always had top riders, and put most effort into WSBK, that is why they won so many titles. The 1198 is obviously slower then the rest with that much weight penalty on it INCLUDING these restrictors. When Ducati and Checa struggle in a track with short straits, then it is too slow. Why don't they put some weight on the Kawa or the BMW?? They are so fast they could go MotoGP and beat the CRT....

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