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Checa crashes out at Le Mans after being fastest in the warm-up session

Checa crashes out at Le Mans after being fastest in the warm-up session

Checa crashes out at Le Mans after being fastest in the warm-up session

Carlos Checa´s Grand Prix Alice de France ended in disappointment this afternoon when he crashed out on lap. After being the fastest man in the morning practice session, the Ducati Marlboro Team rider was out of luck in the race, crashing out after making contact with Max Biaggi at the very first chicane. Biaggi was forced to run wide to avoid slowing riders ahead and Checa couldn´t miss him.

´Max moved off line to avoid someone and I couldn´t brake because I was already leaned over into the corner,´ explained Checa. ´Sometimes racing is like this, but it´s not easy to accept such bad luck, especially when we had the chance of a good result here.

The bike is working so well at the moment, it´s getting better all the time and we are doing everything we can to score good results. I can´t carry this bad luck forever, so I´m looking forward to Mugello.´

Ducati MotoGP project manager Livio Suppo explained that it had been a difficult weekend for the team in general.

´This was a complicated weekend because the weather changed every session - sometimes wet, sometimes dry, sometimes in between - which made it difficult to work on tyre choice,´

Carlos chose a tyre with a more durable compound, so it´s a shame we couldn´t verify its performance over race distance. Now we just need to continue working at making the tyres even better. We are looking forward to Mugello.´

The Ducati Marlboro Team will stay at Le Mans for two days of intensive testing tomorrow and Tuesday.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE, Carlos Checa

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