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Carlos Checa to miss rest of 2013 WSBK season
17 September 2013
Carlos Checa has announced that he will miss the remainder of the 2013 World Superbike season, due to injuries suffered in last weekend's inaugural Turkish round.
The former world champion fell heavily from his Alstare Ducati during FP1 at the Istanbul Park circuit, with chest and wrist injuries initially diagnosed.
However on Tuesday afternoon, Checa posted on Twitter (@CarlosCheca7): "Istanbul crash more serious than I thought, hip fracture. Tomorrow morning dr will apply a surgery intervention, I can't finish the season."
Checa had joined Max Neukirchner, Jonathan Rea, Leon Camier and Loris Baz on the sidelines in Turkey. Team-mate Ayrton Badovini was also riding injured and missed the second race.
Checa's announcement brings an early conclusion to what has been an otherwise dismal season, the Spaniard struggling to bring the new Ducati 1199 Panigale up to front-running pace since its introduction at the start of the year.
Coupled to a series of injuries suffered over the course of the year, rumours about Checa's future have been rife in recent weeks.
Considered almost certain to be leaving Ducati at the end of the season, this announcement potentially signals a premature end to Checa's four-year relationship with the Italian manufacturer.
Checa's options for 2014 appear to rest with a potential deal to join the Spanish-run Kawasaki factory team, or return to Althea Racing - with whom he won the 2011 title - should it get the nod to lead MV Agusta's proposed return to World Superbikes.
However, if no deal is forthcoming, 40-year-old Checa, who has suffered a series of injuries in 2013, is also rumoured to be considering leaving the sport altogether.