Checa feeling ‘strong’ mentally, and ‘ok’ physically, ahead of Aragón

‘More or less’ physically fit

After a disastrous opening round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship, Alstare Ducati’s Carlos Checa will be playing catch up this weekend in Aragón. The veteran Spaniard suffered a concussion following a heavy collision with Marco Melandri, braking into the Honda Hairpin at Phillip Island, in February. The crash left Checa unconscious, and Melandri with an aggravation to an already existing shoulder injury. 
Aragón will be the first real display for the Ducati Panigale 1199RS, after the pre-season testing of which Checa showed promising form. In the past two visits to the Spanish circuit, the former WSBK champion has achieved two podiums, and so he’ll be looking to place his Panigale on top spot, at what is essentially, his home circuit.

Despite being unable to do much cardio work in training, Checa feels ‘ok’ mentally and physically going into the round this weekend. “Physically speaking I’m more or less OK. I still can’t really go cycling or running but I’ve been training at the gym and don’t expect to have any real trouble riding the bike. I feel strong from a mental point of view too, I’m ready for the next races. Until we’re there on track I can’t really make predictions. We’ll start with our base set-up and then, once I’m on the bike we’ll see what we need to do – it always depends on the conditions, levels of grip, the tyres and their consumption… I was in Aragón last week to see the development team that was testing; they worked a lot on the electronics, that are working well, and with the antispin. We can’t do those kind of tests during a race weekend as they’re time-consuming and we only have one bike of course, so the work that they’ve done during testing should give us some useful information, useful parameters. In Aragón I hope to be able to continue to improve, both in terms of the bike and myself.”

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