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Checa ends Ducati Marlboro adventure in style

Checa ends Ducati Marlboro adventure in style

Checa ends Ducati Marlboro adventure in style

Carlos Checa had been aiming to sign off the 2005 season, and his spell at Ducati Marlboro, with a podium finish in the last round of the season at Valencia in front of his home fans, but had to be content with a fighting fourth as his tyres prevented a final charge.

However, it was still a positive note for the Spaniard to leave on as the Italian factory announced that he would be replaced by compatriot Sete Gibernau next season.

That decision cleared up the confusion surrounding Checa's future which for some time now had appeared to lie away from Ducati. After a tough start for the Italian factory caused by a shoulder injury, the 33-year-old produced some fine results towards the end of the season including podium finishes in both Malaysia and Australia.

His fourth at the Ricardo Tormo circuit ensured he finished ninth overall in the MotoGP class, although he was not entirely satisfied with the result last weekend.
"I didn't quite have the pace that I had on Saturday and during the morning warm-up, I struggled to run in the 33s," Checa explained.

"Tyre warm-up cost me some time, then once the tyres were hot I tried to catch the guys in front, but I couldn't as I started getting some chatter. I was with Valentino for a while and I was faster in some areas, but it was too risky to overtake and finally he was stronger. The chatter got worse on the final laps and I slowed down."

"I had a difficult start to the year - new bike, new team, new tyres and I got injured. It wasn't easy and there was a lot of pressure but we kept working and finally the bike and tyres were good. The last six races have been good, two podiums and only once outside the top five. I've learned a lot this year."

MotoGP, 2005, G. P. DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Carlos Checa, Ducati Marlboro Team

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