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Checa looking for British boost

Checa looking for British boost

Checa looking for British boost

Carlos Checa has revealed that he is relying on the British fans to help him re-ignite his season at Donington Park after a series of disappointing results which have seen him slip to seventh in the MotoGP World Championship.

Checa was fourth in the standings after making the podium at Le Mans earlier in the season but his form has dipped since then and he revealed his affection for the local public, who rallied around him after a life-threatening crash in 1998, on the eve of the weekend's action.

"I really like to race in the UK, I've lived there for quite a few years now so it's like my second 'home' Grand Prix," commented Checa. "After my accident I had so much support from the British fans - they are really enthusiastic. I have many friends in England so it's nice for them to come to the race too. Having said that Donington is not my favourite track of the year!

"I like England very much but the track is not at the level of the country or the World Championship, especially the last part of it; it's much more suited to 125cc bikes or the British Championship. However, despite all this I'm still looking forward to it!

"As for our bike at Donington, we'll see! I think it will be quite good there, although it will depend on the tyre. We need to work on grip; this will be very important at Donington. Last year I qualified well but wasn't able to keep the pace throughout the race.

"This year I am going to need a lot of energy to push as hard as possible and hopefully have a good race. I really want to go into the summer break feeling confident and with some good things to think about."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Carlos Checa

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