Checa content with Brno results

Carlos Checa scores his first double top five finish since Imola with a run to third and fourth at Brno.
Carlos Checa says he cannot complain about finishing third and fourth at Brno as the reigning champion picked up his first double top five finish since Imola.

Determined to keep his flagging title defence alive, Checa qualified well to start on the front row, but while he was never far from the front in either race, he was never able to get embroiled in the lead fight.

Nonetheless, fourth place in race one and a third place in race two signalled a brace of solid finishes for the Althea Ducati rider, the Spaniard insisting he is happy to have scored good points around a circuit that he feels doesn't play to the twin-cylinder machine's strengths.

“We knew it would be hard at this track so I think we can be happy with third and fourth place finishes,” he said. “Despite the difficulties on the grid and at the start of race one, I was able to stick with those ahead of me and maintain a good pace.

“I admit I had my doubts on the grid because there is no way of knowing whether conditions will change during the race but we made the right tyre choice. Having said that it was hard - I had trouble catching and then passing those in front. So, all things considered, and bearing in mind that Rea crashed in front of me on the last lap, final fourth position wasn't so bad.

“Then, in race two, I started to lose grip in the final stages. There was no way I could keep up with Tom and Marco but I'm pleased that I was able to stay close and take third place. The team has worked really well together and it's also thanks to the harmony in the garage that I was able to take these results today.”

Checa is fourth in the standings, 67 points behind series leader Max Biaggi.

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Plaggie - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 8:30 PM

Times change. In 2010 the Ducati riders weren't very impressive here and last year it was one of Checa's less weekends of the season. Still he was good enough for two 3rds, but couldn't show the dominance he showed at 90% of the other races. So I think a 3rd and 4th place are not bad at all.

RejectDonkey - Unregistered

July 24, 2012 9:38 AM

The Panigale is not going to do any better then the 1198 as the regulation will be the same, thus added weight and restrictors. 1000cc or not, it is obvious that the Duacti riders are riding very hard in order to compensate for low top speed. The Ducati can't even follow the BMW/ Kawa/ Aprilia when they are right back them on the straits. I think 1000cc limit will kill any attempts of running any other engine then a 4 syl. Quite boring from an engineering point of view. If there shell be a 1000cc limit the twins should be allowed to be a least 20kg lighter. Something like 4 syl. 160kg 3 syl. 150kg 2 syl. 140kg. Engine limit 1000cc, no restrictors etc. Right now the Ducati have more torque less HP less top speed, more weight.....

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