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David Checa: ‘A fantastic opportunity'

David Checa: ‘A fantastic opportunity'

David Checa: ‘A fantastic opportunity'

While Makoto Tamada and Alex Hofmann make their comeback on the MotoGP scene next weekend at Mugello, another noteworthy addition to the pack will be David Checa. The young Spaniard has been called up by the Fortuna Yamaha team to stand in for Toni Elias, currently out of action due to injury.

A former 250 GP rider, David – younger brother of Ducati star Carlos Checa, made a strong impression on the Endurance scene by taking the World Championship last year and by winning the last edition of the Le Mans 24h. Before making his debut in the premier class, he gave his impressions for

"I came here to be myself and be recognised as David Checa, not just as the brother of Carlos. My results and my career speak for me. Moving up to MotoGP for this race won't affect my usual schedule or my situation. The main change will be more attention from the media and more people will get to know who I am," commented Checa.

"I want to pay back the people who trust me. I will be racing at the top level, thanks to Yamaha, to Hervé Poncharal and to Fortuna. Fortuna was my brother's first sponsor, they did a lot for motorcycling and they helped him to get where is now. So racing for them will be very special."

"I believe it's a fantastic opportunity, working with a very professional team and riding Valentino's bike – it sounds awesome. I haven't set any target. I have to work well, learn as much as I can and enjoy the experience. From there, the outcome can only be positive."

David and Carlos will be reunited for the first time on the starting grid of a MotoGP race, and the youngest of the Checas thanked his brother for his support.

"Some people could be bothered by such a situation, but we enjoy a great relationship. Over the past few days, he has called a lot to find out if the deal was finally done. He's really pleased about this."

"My brother betted on me in the past and finally gets credit for it. He did a lot for me, when I was in the 250 class and my family couldn't support me on a financially. Without the help Carlos gave me, I couldn't ride and I wouldn't have this opportunity now."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAN PREMIO ALICE D'ITALIA, Carlos Checa

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