Carlos Checa had a tricky weekend in Rio two weeks ago, struggling to finish in the top ten riders, after he and his Fortuna Yamaha team were unable to overcome the lack of grip on the bumpy Brazilian circuit.

However, the one thing that was lucky was the weather, and the Spaniard is hoping for the same blessing at the Pacific Grand Prix this weekend - where he's racing in front of his employers for the second time this year.

"Motegi is a circuit that I quite enjoy but only if it's not raining!" joked Carlos. "It's important, as all the races are, but especially being in the home country of Yamaha. It's always great if you can have a good result in front of your bosses. We had problems in Rio two weeks ago but everyone is working flat out to try to resolve those problems. It was especially bad in Rio because of the lack of grip, and the Motegi circuit is quite different.

"Motegi has a lot of uphill and downhill sections, which I like," he added. "There's a lot of hard acceleration, so hopefully our bike will be fast this weekend. It's going to be a long time away from home and we'll be very busy with the three back-to-back races but we're all used to it. Also, the races are in similar time zones so there's no great problem with jet-lag."



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