Carlos Checa - Photo Credit: Althea Racing

Carlos Checa - Photo Credit: Althea Racing

 

Carlos Checa is looking forward to reviving his championship defence at Miller Motorsports Park after falling 23 points off the pace with a crash at Donington Park. The Spaniard only managed sixth in race one before becoming involved in an accident with Eugene Laverty and Jakub Smrz at Redgate at the start of race two and admitted he couldn't do anything to prevent the crash.

“After the result of race 1, which wasn't bad, I thought I'd be able to do more in the second. I tried to start strong and found a good position but when I got to the apex I saw Laverty in front of me and he braked suddenly, maybe there was a rider in front of him I don't know. I did everything I could to brake, to stop the bike, but there were riders all around me and I couldn't avoid a fall. My leg is a bit sore and a little swollen but I'm ok. I need a couple of days to get over this result and then I'll start preparing for Miller.”

Althea Racing teammate Davide Giugliano also lost out in the incident having taken to the grass in avoidance, preventing him from building on the seventh place he achieved in race one. The Italian was delighted with his pace over the weekend though which fills him with optimism for Miller in two weeks.

“It's a shame because the day had started out fairly positively. We had seen in race 1 that we had a strong pace and we were certain that we could do better in the second. I started race 2 convinced that I could be up there with the top four but unfortunately what happened at the first corner penalized me too. We have however demonstrated that we have good pace and now we go on to America, a track that I don't know, to see what we can do there.”