More mixed fortunes for Checa at Misano

Carlos Checa shows his class finish second from 16th on the grid in race one, but is dumped out of race two after contact with Melandri.
Carlos Checa's hopes of retaining his World Superbike Championship crown received another set-back at Misano after a strong result in race one was followed up by his fifth non-score of the season in race two.

The Spaniard came into race day knowing he would be hard pushed to challenge for victory from 16th on the grid, but an inspired fight back during the first race would see him dicing with leader Max Biaggi in the final laps.

Though he would be forced to concede to his rival at the chequered flag, second place still marked a magnificent ride by the reigning champion, much to his pleasure.

“Considering our position on the grid, and the fact that it's not at all easy to make passes at Misano, the result in race 1 was pretty good. I admit that I didn't expect to be up there fighting for the win today but I was able to make up ground, which was no easy task! Max was strong today, well done to him and to Davide who rode a fantastic race!”

Keen to make similar gains in race two, Checa began well, but would see his efforts come to nothing when Melandri's attempt at a pass on lap four resulted in contact with the Althea Ducati.

Sending Checa down, though the former MotoGP rider remounted, he simply pulled into the pit lane to retire, marking a fifth non-score of the season and leaving him 60 points off the championship lead

“Then what can I say about race 2? It seems like this season we are under fire from all sides. Marco pushed me out through the corner, which is strange as he's normally more careful but anyway that's how it went. It's a real pity as I could have made another good race and taken important points.”

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 7:43 PM

Checa has had a lot of bad luck, but he has also made a lot of bad calls - choosing a wet tyre for a dry track, crashing out of the lead, misjudging qualifying etc. Personally I think the pressure of trying to defend the championship has got to him - he had a big pay increase financed by Ducati (not Althea) and I think he and they expected him to win. The extra 6kg might be having an effect, but I doubt if that's the reason for his errors.


June 12, 2012 12:40 AM
Last Edited 1447 days ago

He's got time to pull it together, but he better do it SOON. He's so strong when he's on, but damn....when he's off, he's OFF! It sucks that the contact caused this "off".

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