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Checa feeling refreshed and ready for another ´home GP´

Checa feeling refreshed and ready for another ´home GP´

Checa feeling refreshed and ready for another ´home GP´

Going to Brno always produces a smile on Carlos Checa´s face for a couple of reasons. In Spanish the Czech Republic is ´Republica Checa´ so it is a regular joke that it's yet another ´home´ race for the British-resident Spaniard who can already count Jerez, Barcelona, Donington and Valencia as ´local' events Add to that the fact that he enjoys the fast sweeping nature of the track and that it was the scene of an early test of the new M1 during the 2001 season when Checa's reported lap times announced that the four-strokes were coming and they were going to be fast!

Brno was the track where Yamaha's YZR-M1 four-stroke machine collected its maiden victory last year in the hands of Max Biaggi, so the signs are promising for the Spaniard and the Fortuna team in what has been a difficult season so far.

Since his fourth place at the Catalunya Grand Prix in June, Checa had been making steady progress up the World Championship standings until a disappointing eighth place finish at the German GP. He is still the leading Yamaha rider, but this fact will not be of interest to the determined 30 year old who will be looking for a podium finish on Sunday.

´We took a risk in Germany and it didn't pay off,´ he reflected. ´We made too many changes during the weekend and the reality is that when we came to the race we just weren't ready and that's why I couldn't do any better. For Brno we just have to make sure that we stay totally focused and keep it very simple. It might mean that in the end we have some limitations with the bike, but so be it. The best thing is to work with what we have and build up steadily to Sunday rather than trying too many different things to try and make the bike perfect.´

´I've had a good break in the mountains where I've been cycling, trekking and climbing so I'm feeling refreshed and confident. I hope we'll be able to surprise a few people at Brno. I'm under no illusion that it will be easy, however; the Hondas and Ducatis were fast when we tested at Brno last month.´

´I'm still suffering from the same problem of not being able to flick the bike in as I want or open the throttle. But if we can find front traction and find a bit of the feeling I have had before at Brno with the M1 then we can get a good result.´

MotoGP, 2003, Carlos Checa

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