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Checa stays positive after crash

Checa stays positive after crash

Chrashing out of the action on lap ten at Mugello was hardly ideal preparation for Carlos Checa ahead of his home race at Catalunya this coming weekend, but the veteran Honda LCR man was not injured in the incident and is ready to bounce back immediately.

Chrashing out of the action on lap ten at Mugello was hardly ideal preparation for Carlos Checa ahead of his home race at Catalunya this coming weekend, but the veteran Honda LCR man was not injured in the incident and is ready to bounce back immediately.

Checa, whose best result at Mugello was a second place finish in 2000 early in his Yamaha days, of course knows the Italian track well as one of the most experienced competitors on the MotoGP grid, but crashed when in 14th place as he tried to catch Colin Edwards and Shinya Nakano entering the turn four chicane.

The 34 year old Catalan has now failed to finish three of six Grands Prix and two races in succession this season, with his latest crash a particular disappointment in the home race for his Honda LCR team.

After the race he explained: "This is a big disappointment. I was trying to recover some positions and I had Colin and Shinya ahead, but it was quite difficult. I didn't have a comfortable feeling overall. I was pushing too much, trying for a better result, and I crashed. My intention was not to crash, but when the feeling is not right you should listen to that feeling, and try to understand. But now we must look to a positive weekend in Barcelona for the next race."

Heading to Catalunya, Checa knows he will be assured of massive support from a passionate crowd but will also be aware that it would take a colossal effort in current circumstances to repeat his 1996 home victory at one of the most colourful venues on the MotoGP calendar.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Carlos Checa

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