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Carlos Checa´s Japanese bug

Carlos Checa´s Japanese bug

Carlos Checa has been one of the riders affected by a virus which has spread around the paddock at the circuit of Suzuka. The Catalan rider felt ill on Friday morning, with aches in his head and neck, a high temperature and stomuch trouble. A visit to MotoGP´s Doctor Costa relieved his troubles for a short while but when he realised that the fever was more serious than he had first thought he went to a nearby hospital in Suzuka. Norick Abe was also at the hospital complaining of similar symptons. A specialist explained that it was a cold virus currently common in the area and prescribed a medicine which Checa has taken until today. According to the Sant Fruitós rider, various people in the paddock have been hit by the bug, including his team-mate Max Biaggi.

Checa, who qualified for tommorow´s race in a modest 12th position, joked that he could have caught the virus off Yamaha. On a more serious note however, Checa confirmed that his poor position is down to several technical problems which his team will try and resolve before the race gets underway.

500cc, 2001, Carlos Checa

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