News 1 Jun 2011

Miller wins mark day of redemption for Checa in the United State

Checa put last years issues behind him to dominate at Miller.

Checa put last year's issues behind him to dominate at Miller.

Carlos Checa and the Althea Racing team could not have asked for a better weekend at Miller Motorsports Park, Salt Lake City, round five of the World Superbike Championship.

After a disastrous 2010 event that saw Checa DNF both races through mechanical failure while leading, 2011 spelt redemption for Checa. The Ducati rider swept both races on the day, qualifying in pole position and taking two fastest lap awards along the way.

Race one saw Checa fall back to fourth from a pole position start, then going on to find his groove and make his way through to the lead, eventually winning the race by 2.7 seconds.

Race two marked an even more dominant performance, leading from the beginning to finish over seven seconds ahead of his closest rival.

“Two amazing wins today, especially after what happened to us here last year. In race one I rode cautiously during the first laps as the conditions were a little mixed but after a while I found good feeling with my bike and was really able to push,” commented Checa.

“The feeling that I had with the bike improved for race 2 and I could really enjoy the race.”

Checa could not hide the excitement he and the team felt after coming back from such a disastrous race at the same circuit only twelve months earlier.

“A wonderful day, especially for my team and for Ducati. I want to thank everybody, my team, Ducati and the sponsors. This was not only a double victory but a moral victory,” an elated Checa remarked.

Checa now holds a 61 point lead in the World Superbike Championship heading into round six in San Marino on June 12.