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Carlos Checa delighted with his best finish of the season

Carlos Checa delighted with his best finish of the season

Carlos Checa delighted with his best finish of the season

I was really happy with fourth position on Sunday because I gave everything I had on the track and it ended with a good result. Obviously, my objective is always to finish as high as possible and I should be disappointed I didn´t make the podium but taking into account the problems we had coming into this GP and the start to the season we have had, my reflections are very positive. I tried so hard to catch Sete and challenge him for the final podium spot but there came a point where I realised I could go no faster and would have to concentrate on holding off Nakano. In the end it was also impossible to stop Valentino Rossi coming through.

As far as the bike is concerned, I must say that it worked well and it allowed me to produce this good performance even though we are still clearly not at the same level as the Hondas. We have made a lot of progress and actually changed less on the bike this weekend than before. Now that I have the confidence to stay in front I will keep the geometry I used on Sunday. This is more like my normal results, but when we have more stability with the rear in the mid-turn we can improve even further.

The fact I finished fourth in front of my fans motivates me to work harder than ever and make more progress from here. There is still a long way to go this season and a lot to fight for.

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MotoGP, 2003, Carlos Checa

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