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Checa brings strong backing to Holland

Checa brings strong backing to Holland

Checa brings strong backing to Holland

Carlos Checa began the first practice sessions of the Gauloises TT Assen on Thursday with strong Spanish backing from a group of family and friends aiming to make the historic circuit a home from home for the Yamaha rider. Checa has brought a convoy of 30 people with him from his native country after scoring fourth place in his home Grand Prix at Catalunya two weeks ago and says he is hoping they can inspire him to another top result at one of his favourite tracks on the calendar.

"Assen is a track I like very much - it's a very historic circuit and there is always a great atmosphere so I am looking forward to it a lot," said Checa.

"It's always a very special race and the fans are great. This time many of my best friends from home will come, maybe 30 of them. Some are coming on bikes, some with motor homes, so it should be great fun. Let's hope for good weather and a great race."

Turning his attention to this morning's job of finding an ideal set-up for the notoriously technical circuit, Checa added: "The bike is working very well at the moment and hopefully we can find a good set-up. It's a very twisty circuit and some of the changes we've made to the bike this year might make it a little different to ride at Assen.

"With the wider rear tyre it may be difficult to change direction so quickly. However I think we should have very good grip on the side of the tyre because of the bumps on the circuit; this means I can get more traction and a better lean angle. We may need a much stronger suspension at Assen than at some other circuits in order to stop the rear smashing down."

MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES TT ASSEN, Carlos Checa

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