Carlos Checa has revealed he now feels fully fit ahead of the seventh round of the World Superbike championship at Imola. Despite pulling out of race two at Donington Park with shoulder problems, the
|Checa now feels comfortable on his Ducati
Photo: Alstare Ducati
Spaniard returned at Portimao two weeks ago securing two top nine finishes.
The 40 year old has had a tough start to the season however track time at the Portuguese circuit allowed the Italian team to improve the Ducati, which allowed Checa to feel more comfortable on the Panigale. The former world champion sits in 13th in the world championship standings, 163 points behind championship leader Sylvain Guintoli however he is feeling positive ahead of Imola.
Checa has won five of the last six races at the Italian circuit, and himself and his Alstare Ducati team are feeling confident ahead of the race on Sunday.“I think I’m physically fit now. In recent days I’ve been working hard but also enjoying some relaxation time. I’m feeling good and so hope that I won’t have to think about my shoulder any more while riding. We worked well during the Portimao weekend and on race day I was a lot more comfortable on the bike. So we’re coming to Imola at the right time. It’s one of the tracks that I really like and where I’ve always been fast. It’ll be the first time I’m riding the 1199 there and I hope that I can get back to being the best Carlos Checa, to bring the Panigale to the position that it deserves. I’m feeling really enthusiastic.”