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Checa, Badovini fit for Aragon

Alstare Ducati riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini fit for WSBK round two at Aragon next month.
Former World Superbike champion Carlos Checa has given an update on his condition following a dramatic clash with Marco Melandri in race one of the Phillip Island season opener.

Pole sitter Checa ran into the back of Melandri into the Honda hairpin on lap 13 of the first race, sending both riders flying. While Melandri returned for race two, Checa spent the night in hospital after being briefly knocked unconscious.

Checa, who underwent a further examination on his return to Spain, has now revealed that the accident could have been caused by foot pain from injuries suffered in his free practice highside.

"As expected, I have two cracks and a ligament injury [in the right foot],” said the Alstare Ducati rider. “It's nothing serious, but I have two more weeks to remain partially immobilised.

“I do not remember the race fall. I had some problems with the rear tyre which - after a good start - made me cautious, but 'long' in braking due to severe pain in my foot. Nevertheless I am calm because I will be in good condition for Motorland Aragon and eager to continue working on the new Ducati Panigale with the Alstare team."

Team-mate Ayrton Badovini was ruled out of round one even before race day, due to foot and rib injuries. The Italian also hopes to be fit for Aragon, on April 12-14.

“I'm finally beginning to feel better,” he said. “The foot does not hurt as much as my ribs, where a fracture has been found and movement is painful. But the Doctors and Clinica Mobile say that I'll be 100% ready for Aragon.”



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Marc - Unregistered

March 12, 2013 4:24 PM

It's too bad Checa and his teammate got injured. While Checa maybe back for the next race he'll still be healing and may affect his results. Along with no points at Phillip Isl his championship hopes will be reduced unless the top guys have some poor results. Nevertheless the season is long and anything can happen. Hope to see what the Panigale can do once Checa is 100%.



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