Posted: 05 Jun 2013
This weekend the sixth round of the World Superbike Championship takes place at the picturesque circuit of Portimao, Portugal and Carlos Checa is hoping to be back out on track.
Forty-year-old Checa didn’t take part in race two at Donington Park just over a week ago due to his shoulder injury which first interrupted his racing at Monza, Italy. However, he has since been having intensive treatment to ensure he is as ready as he can be for the race this weekend.
He admitted that he wasn’t as fit as he would have liked to have been at Donington Park and was around a “six out of ten” but now he is feeling more like "an eight". With a successful history at the track and solid race results under his leathers, is this where we will see the Spaniard move back up towards the top of the championship table?
Checa is under no illusions though, and is aware that he’s getting older and his body might not be able to recover as quickly as it used to. “I’d like recovery to be quicker but I understand that, now I’m 40, maybe it takes a little longer," he said. "I hope I can soon put this behind me and concentrate instead on my technical growth with the bike.”
Paddock insiders have said that Carlos will need an operation to repair his shoulder properly and it is looking likely that this will need to be done in the off-season due to the recovery time required. But with the last round in India in the middle of November, is Checa going to be able to remain race-fit…