Checa set for another ‘home race'
Ducati Marlboro Team riders Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa return to Europe for the betandwin.com British Grand Prix after their Wild West adventure at Laguna Seca. The pair had a tough time at the American track but are looking forward to returning to a venue they know much better.
Carlos Checa may be Spanish but he is a British resident. The Ducati Marlboro Team rider currently resides in Westminster, London, close enough to the Houses of Parliament to get woken by the bells of Big Ben.
"I like London a lot, especially the restaurants and the parks," says Checa. "If it's not raining I prefer to train outside, so I go running in Green Park, St James Park or Hyde Park. I also enjoy racing in the UK, the place has got so much racing history and the people have a lot of passion for motorsport. It's great that MotoGP is finally becoming so popular in Britain."
"Donington is quite a strange circuit, with two very different parts. The first, from Redgate to the back straight, is fast and flowing, but the last part is stop and go, which isn't so much fun. I'd like them to change that section and I'd also like them to build a new pits complex and new toilets!"
His team-mate Loris Capirossi is looking forward to a weekend of trouble-free action at Donington after coming down with gastroenteritis at the US GP earlier this month. The Italian always looks forward to the British GP because he scored his first world-class victory at Donington in August 1990, winning the 125 GP at the age of just 17.
"I love this track so much, it's one of my favourites," says Capirossi, who qualified on the front row at Donington last year. "The fast part of the circuit is the best, from Redgate, all the way round to the back straight, though my favourite is down the hill through Craner. You need to be brave to be fast through there! I don't like the last section so much, where it's all slow, tight corners with hard braking and low-gear acceleration. This kind of layout is okay for 125s and 250s but it's not so easy when you have so much horsepower."