|Checa had made a promising start in Race 1
Photo: Alstare Ducati
Alstare Ducati are reporting that Carlos Checa is OK after being concussed by his Race 1 incident with Marco Melandri. Checa was knocked unconscious by the crash, in which, fighting for a podium he overshot himself slightly and hit Melandri’s rear wheel sending both the Italian and himself into the ground. Melandri fortunately went down quite softly and showed commendable sportsmanship as he ran to an unconscious Checa to see if he was OK. Checa was taken to the medical centre, where he had no recollection of the crash.
It was decided that Carlos would be flown to hospital in Melbourne for further check ups, Alstare reporting late last night that he would stay in hospital overnight despite having no major injuries. It had been a difficult week for the Alstare squad, with Checa originally being unwell with a stomach bug and Badovini going down hard in testing, setting his Panigale alight. Both Checa and Badovini fell on Friday, Checa claiming it was one of the biggest highsides of his career. It was announced on Saturday morning that Badovini would have to cease participation in the weekend after it was found he had broken bones in his foot. Things had started to look up for the team as Checa stormed to pole position, however the joy was short lived.
Team owner, Francis Batta said: “To win Superpole yesterday at the first race with this new bike was an excellent result and a testimony to all the hard work everybody has put in. It’s clear that our bike is down on speed compared to our competitors, so Carlos has been having to make up for that on the brakes and in the turns. We need to improve our speed so that Carlos and Ayrton can compete with our rivals. This bike is very new for all of us, but we are working as hard as we can and making progress every time we go out on the track. I’m sure we will keep improving and be in a good position to challenge for podiums next time out.”