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Checa may be forced to withdraw from Monza

'I must admit that my shoulder is giving me trouble. If it worsens tomorrow I'll find it difficult to complete the races on Sunday' - Carlos Checa
Alstare Ducati's Carlos Checa will make a decision on whether or not to compete in Sunday's World Superbike round at Monza tomorrow.

Checa finished 11th in the first qualifying session at the Italian circuit, where he is riding with an injured left shoulder after tests following the Assen round revealed he has an osseous edema on the humerus.

The Spaniard plans to participate in final qualifying on Saturday at Monza before making a final decision.

“I must admit that my shoulder is giving me trouble. If it worsens tomorrow I'll find it difficult to complete the races on Sunday,” he said.

“We'll see how things go tomorrow – I'd like to try and make a string of consecutive laps and then, from there, we'll see how I am physically and decide whether it's worth trying to race or whether it's better for me to concentrate on getting fit in time for Donington instead.

“With regard to the bike, I am losing a few tenths along each of the straights but we knew this would be the case,” added Checa.

“The chassis set-up is not bad, in the changes of direction etc. the bike's behaved quite well today.

“We'll continue to work tomorrow and then we'll make a decision.”



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