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Carlos Checa: `We are continuing to progress´

Carlos Checa: `We are continuing to progress´

Carlos Checa: `We are continuing to progress´

The extreme climatic conditions made the choice of tyres for the race very difficult at Laguna Seca, but Carlos used his great experience to opt for a tyre that he had not previously tested during this weekend: a gamble that paid off, since he was able to maintain a good pace throughout the 32 lap race. For the second successive year, Nicky Hayden won his home Grand Prix in front of the 52,000 American fans eager to celebrate another home win.

After a physically exhausting race, Carlos Checa jumped for joy as he got off the bike:

"Great! I am really happy with what we have all accomplished this weekend. We certainly had problems during practice, but we worked very hard and it paid off. We took some risk in opting for the hardest rear tyre available. At the beginning of the race, performance was very good, but then it dropped off a bit and then it was more difficult to stay on the line whilst retaining good lap times. But, finally, we got an excellent 7th place. To finish first Yamaha is obviously very satisfying, although I know that Rossi had problems at the end of the race. Again we have shown that we are continuing to progress."

Herve Poncharal (Tech 3 Yamaha Dunlop team manager) was clearly delighted with the performance of his rider: "Once again, Carlos has had a really successful weekend. Everyone knew that with the extreme heat, tyre performance would be even more crucial in the race than usual. To register our best performance of the season, and in doing so finish first Yamaha, is really satisfying for all the team, especially in such difficult conditions. Continuing the trend of recent races, our Dunlop tyres continue to improve, as was also shown by James Ellison who was close to getting 12th in the last few laps."

MotoGP, 2006, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Carlos Checa

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