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Checa playing catch-up

Checa playing catch-up

Checa playing catch-up

Carlos Checa has revealed his frustration after a disappointing first race as team-mate to MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi at Welkom on Sunday and admitted that he is already playing catch-up to the Italian. The Spaniard struggled to tenth place in the race, almost 40 seconds behind Rossi and three seconds off the pace of factory colleague Norick Abe, and admits he must improve swiftly at the next round in Jerez.

"We were struggling all weekend to find a good setting and to get a better feeling, but we didn't find the way," commented Checa. " I didn't have enough grip on the side of the tyre when the bike was at an angle and this is something we are playing with constantly to try to improve.

"When I'm not confident of the grip my exit from a corner is too slow and it's difficult to pass on the brakes. I pushed hard when I caught up with Abe, but I just didn't have enough confidence.

"However, this is just the first race and we can still catch up - that is our mission. We have to analyse why this happened and work out how to improve the feeling. We'll see what happens in Jerez and I will look forward to racing there".

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