Checa's under pressure to maintain title hopes

Just 150 points remain on the table for the World Superbike Championship contenders and Carlos Checa needs each one to keep him in the title fight...
Carlos Checa's reign as World Superbike Champion could be brought to an end with two rounds of the 2012 season remaining if his flagging title campaign takes another significant blow at the Nurburgring.

The reigning champion was a race winner for Althea Ducati around the German circuit last season, but stands to lose his crown as early as round 12 of 14 if he doesn't stay within 100 points of current front runner Marco Melandri by the end of the weekend.

As it stands, Checa is currently fourth overall and 75 points behind Melandri, so the Italian needs to score 25 points more than his rival over the two races to ensure neither he nor Ducati can secure back-to-back titles.

In the meantime, Checa is feeling good about his chances at the Nurburgring after a successful weekend last year, though he admits rain could prove a factor.

“Unfortunately Moscow didn't exactly go to plan and now we need to make up for that at the Nürburgring,” he said. “I feel prepared and ready for the challenge and hope that data from last year's race will be able to he help us do equally well this year.

“We've seen a lot of wet weather this season and will probably have rain in Germany too - the important thing is to adapt to the weather and track conditions, and do our job at the highest possible level.”

Team-mate Davide Giugliano, meanwhile, is determined to show well in Germany following missed opportunities to achieve better results over the last three rounds at Brno, Silverstone and the Moscow Raceway.

“I've always liked the German track and have some good memories, particularly of last year when I won the Stock 1000 race. During recent rounds we've worked really well during the practice sessions but then in the races I haven't been able to put it all together and score the kind of results that I know I am capable of.

“So I hope that I can use everything I've learned until now to get back on the right path and take some solid results in this final phase of the championship, starting this Sunday.”

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 06, 2012 8:13 AM

Last year Carlos rejected a BMW offer and opted to stay on the Ducati. With Spies apparently turning down the BMW WSBK ride, I wonder if Carlos Checa will become the team mate to Melandri in 2013?


September 05, 2012 12:00 PM

I think is not over yet to Carlos!! I remember very well how Nory haga play with Ducati at this track and how Checa also Wins here.. The realaty is that this year Ducati is facing more problems on the straight line but at this track they will hava 100% chances of bring the Win to home. Now we will see if he dont crash or someone dont crash into him, and thats the real risk at this GP will be fun for sure, normaly the 1 corner is Hell on the star of race=)

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