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Checa confident over future

Checa confident over future

Checa confident over future

Carlos Checa says is his confident of tying up his future ‘in the next few days' after today's announcement that he is to be released by Yamaha after six years as an official rider. Checa will be replaced by Colin Edwards in the factory squad in 2005 but suggested that discussions regarding his own destiny are already underway.

"Yamaha have officially announced that Colin Edwards will take my place alongside Valentino Rossi next season, so it is now official that I will be leaving the team after a six-year relationship," said Checa.

"For the time being I just want to concentrate on this race and the only thing I can say is that I needed a change and that my future will be tied up in the next few days."

On the final qualifying session today, which saw Checa slip to thirteenth place on the grid after a heavy crash, Checa commented: "Things screwed up in the final ten minutes of the session for me today and I've ended up thirteenth when I should have been in the top five.

"After eleven minutes of the session I moved up from fifteenth place to fifth and held my position comfortably until the final quarter of an hour. On my second to last outing I couldn't improve my time and came in to change the tyre with four laps to go.

"When I tried to set my best time on the last lap, the bike just suddenly went and I crashed. Fortunately I didn't get hurt and I should be fine for tomorrow's race. The start will be really important to not lose touch with the pace at the front."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, QP2, Carlos Checa

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