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Checa set for Australian chute-out

Checa set for Australian chute-out

Checa set for Australian chute-out

Carlos Checa prepared for the adrenaline rush of Phillip Island's 200mph downhill front straight with a spot of skydiving in the build up to the Cinzano Australian Grand Prix.

The Spanish rider is a big fan of extreme sports, none more so than MotoGP of course, and is hoping he can also be flying high on the racetrack this weekend.

"I always enjoy spending time in Australia - it's a nice place in so many ways," said Checa, who jumped from a plane at 11,000 feet in Tooradin, near Phillip Island.

"I like to make the most of the time before the action starts on the track – like in Brazil, where I climbed the Corcovado mountain – but this was much more exciting. It's just my way of relaxing and getting ready for the race.

Turning his attention to the small matter of this weekend's penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship, Checa added: "The only problem with Phillip Island is that it can be quite cold there at this time of year. We made two tests there pre-season, which will help us, although, as in Sepang, the bike has changed a lot since then.

"The track is very fast and we had some problems at Sepang on the fastest sections, so we need to work on that. We should find the best way to get into those fast turns with the speed and contact I did not have in Malaysia.

"The base setting there is similar to what we used in Sepang, and we just have to see what we have from the tyres. I want to finish with my best result of the year there. I feel strong and I have the feeling that I can be up there when the bike is working at its best. It would be nice to find the limit of the machine in Australia."

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MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Carlos Checa

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