Jacque/Checa in for GPs
Olivier Jacque and David Checa will both race at the next round of the MotoGP championship at Mugello as replacements for the injured Alex Hoffmann and Toni Elias.
Jacque has raced for the factory Kawasaki team at the last two rounds, finishing in 11th at the French GP at Le Mans, and taking an amazing second at the Chinese GP round in terrible conditions. He has officially signed for the next two races at Mugello and Catalonia due to complications with the recovery of Alex Hofmann, who injured his wrist earlier this year.
David Checa, the younger brother of Ducati rider Carlos Checa, will replace Toni Elias in the Fortuna Yamaha team. David Checa is the reigning World Endurance champion, and won at the last round at Le Mans. He'll now make his MotoGP debut at Mugello, which is the same track which older brother Carlos made his 250cc GP debut in 1993. Mugello will be the first time that both Checa brother swill take par tin the same GP.
Elias, like Hofmann, is recovering from a complicated wrist injury, which the Spanish rider sustained during testing the day after the French GP. He has a fractured of the radius of the left hand, a crask int he scaphoid of the left hand, and a tear in the ligaments which connent the ulna and radius. Despite his injuries, he is recovering well, and hopes to be back for the next race at Catalonia, which is his home GP.