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Checa satisfied after another fourth place finish

Checa satisfied after another fourth place finish

Checa satisfied after another fourth place finish

Fortuna Yamaha rider Carlos Checa finally had reason to smile last weekend after another a solid performance equalled his best race result of the year with fourth place at Brno.

2003 to-date has been a largely disappointing campaign for the Spaniard. Before the GP of Catalunya he could look at two DNFs and a highest finish of ninth. A fourth place at his home GP at Barcelona kick-started a slight resurgence in the second half of the season from which he hasn't dropped out of the top eight and scored another brace of fourth positions. Currently standing sixth in the World Championship and top Yamaha rider Checa is nudging his way closer to a podium result (Yamaha have broken into the top three in only one of ten rounds so far thanks to Alex Barros) and has now emerged from under the shadow of his team-mate Marco Melandri and the 250cc reigning number one's occasional flashes of brilliance in his debut term. Here is what the 30 year old had to say immediately after his ride at Brno:

"Today had a taste of victory. We have worked well all weekend and today was a successful day. My practice went quite well this morning, during the race I got some great lap times and it was one of the best races ever. I was able to overtake Biaggi but only follow the others. I made a small mistake at one point, when I went in too hard on the brakes and lost a bit of time. I tried to catch up but it was impossible. It's the first race where I have been able to follow the leading group and ride consistently fast all race. Hopefully this is just the start of a confidence in set-up that will last for the rest of the season and I'll be looking to be on the podium next time."

MotoGP, 2003, Carlos Checa

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