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Checa ready to say ‘adios' to Yamaha

Checa ready to say ‘adios' to Yamaha

Checa ready to say ‘adios' to Yamaha

Carlos Checa's return to Spain this week not only signals a homecoming to his native land but also the last race in his long association with the Yamaha Factory Team, which began in 1999.

Checa, like every other rider in MotoGP, has found his team-mate Valentino Rossi a force to be reckoned with this season, although he proved his determined ability when he scored second to Rossi's fourth at Le Mans in May and took pole position for the inaugural race at Qatar just a few weeks ago.

In front of his home crowd for the third time in 2004, Checa is particularly keen to end his season in style and is a tantalising two points away from improving his championship finish to overall seventh. He will not be short of support in his quest, as Valencia has consistently enjoyed the best spectator attendance records in recent MotoGP history.

"We have done well in some races, in some we have been not so good and maybe I am thinking about next year already," reflects Checa. "For Valencia I want to find the best settings on the bike and see how good a chance we have. I would like to do well at Valencia - it is my last race with Yamaha after six years so I want to finish in a really good position.

"As a rider of any nationality you always want to have a good last race in your season, as this is the result you will take into the winter with you. To get a good result in front of that home crowd would be fantastic as well.

"My only intention is to end the season and my Yamaha career with the best possible result, which is nothing less than the podium. I always feel comfortable at Valencia and I hope we can find the right set-up quickly on Friday so that I can fight for pole position and have maximum aspirations for the race.

"The Spanish fans, Yamaha, my team and myself all deserve it so I will give everything I have to achieve it."

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MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Carlos Checa

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