Portimao: Checa returning to fitness ahead of Portimao

Carlos Checa insists he is making a recovery from the troublesome shoulder injury that has hampered him in recent weeks.
Carlos Checa says he is '8 out of 10' in terms of race fitness as he looks to make a full return to World Superbike competition at Portimao.

Having been forced to miss the second Donington Park race two weeks ago, as well as the entire Monza round before that, Checa admits his shoulder injury isn't recovering as quickly as he had initially hoped.

Conceding that being 40-years-old is perhaps taking its toll on the recovery time, he is nonetheless optimistic that he can see out the Portugal weekend aboard the Alstare Ducati this time.

“My aim is to regain strength and prepare as well as possible for this weekend's races. At Donington I was probably around a 6 out of 10 but now I feel like an 8. I'm going to the gym and continuing with physiotherapy every day here in Spain and am in contact with the Clinica Mobile who will help me with treatments throughout the race weekend.

“We'll have to see how I am once I complete race distance but the Portimão track should be less of a problem than Donington, one of the most physical layouts. To be honest I thought I could have done race 2 at Donington but I thank Francis and Ernesto for having made me see that it was best to sit it out – it was the right decision because my shoulder's had time to regain strength and stability.

“I'd like recovery to be quicker but I understand that, now I'm 40, maybe it takes a little longer. I hope I can soon put this behind me and concentrate instead on my technical growth with the bike.

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