Carlos Checa says he will be fit in time for the first round of the World Superbike Championship, despite being taken to hospital following a fall during testing at Phillip Island.

The Spaniard crashed heavily at the Honda Curves, banging his head in the process. When he couldn't remember what had happened, he was taken to hospital as a precaution and told to sit out the remainder of the test.

Nonetheless, Checa insists he isn't a doubt for the opening rounds in Australia, even if he is frustrated that the accident, coupled to the weather disruption at Portimao, hasn't enabled him to prepare fully for the start of the season.

"My shoulder is still a little sore and my head, well, that's always had some problems," he joked. "No, I am really OK and will be fit for next weekend's first round after some rest this week. I was able to complete a good number of laps to try some new things, but we were hoping to try a new rear tyre, which unfortunately we couldn't do.

"With the weather in Portimao and the crash here, it hasn't been the perfect winter testing, but I like Phillip Island and I'm looking forward to racing again next weekend."



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